Back-to-Back for Baez and Rizzo, Cubs Post Back-to-Back Wins Over the Brewers – Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Game One Hundred Nineteen: Cubs 4, Brewers 2

WP – Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1) LP – Kyle Lohse (11-7) Save – Hector Rondon (16)

wflag-pub2014Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back jacks in the third inning. Starlin Castro and Chris Coghlan collected three more hits and Castro drove in a run while Tsuyoshi Wada took a shutout into the seventh inning. The bullpen kept the Brewers off the board in the last two innings as the Cubs beat the Brewers for the second night in a row.

The top of the lineup did the damage Wednesday night as Tsuyoshi Wada picked up where Kyle Hendricks left off. Chris Coghlan (3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored) doubled in the first and scored on a sac fly to left by Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a home run, a sac fly and two RBI) after Javier Baez moved Coghlan to third with a single to right. Starlin Castro (3-for-4 with a RBI) singled in Baez and ran his hitting streak to 12 games.

Javier Baez led off the third with a tape measure shot onto Waveland for his first longball at Wrigley Field and fourth big league home run in nine games. And Anthony Rizzo pulled his 27th homer into the basket in right on the next pitch from Kyle Lohse. Baez and Rizzo hit back-to-back jacks on consecutive pitches … and the two longballs ended up being the difference in the game on a night the wind was blowing in.

The top of the lineup (Chris Coghlan, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro) was 9-for-15 with two home runs, two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored.

Tsuyoshi Wada put together another good outing and a quality start. Wada kept the Brewers off balance through the first six innings. The Brewers made very little contact and the defense made all of the routine plays behind him. Wada took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning and recorded two quick outs. Wada appeared to run out of gas, almost like a switch was flipped. Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the seventh and cut the Cubs lead in half. Rick Renteria lifted Wada at that point.

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs on five hits, two home runs, with a walk and five strikeouts. Wada threw 97 pitches, 67 for strikes, in 6 2/3 innings.

Justin Grimm recorded the final out in the seventh. Neil Ramirez worked around a two-out triple by Jonathan Lucroy in the eighth and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.

Kyle Lohse left the game before the fourth inning with a tweaked right ankle he suffered during his at bat in the third inning.

With Wednesday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 52-67 on the season.

After Tsuyoshi Wada set down the Brewers in order on 15 pitches, nine for strikes, to start the game, the Cubs offense came out swinging against Kyle Lohse.

Chris Coghlan doubled off the ivy just to the left of straight away center (1-0 pitch). Javier Baez followed, worked a full count and singled to right. Coghlan stopped at third and Baez advanced to second after rounding first too far and Segura dropping Lucroy’s throw to second base. Anthony Rizzo popped Lohse’s first pitch down the left field line. Khris Davis caught the ball in foul ground, Coghlan tagged and scored … 1-0 Cubs. Starlin Castro ripped a single into center off Segura’s glove. Baez scored, 2-0 Cubs. Luis Valbuena worked a walk and put runners on first and second with one out. But Alcantara flied out to right on a 2-0 pitch and Baker grounded out to Weeks to end the inning. Kyle Lohse threw 20 pitches in the first inning, 10 for strikes.

The Cubs led 2-0 after two innings.

Tsuyoshi Wada kept the Brewers from cutting into the lead in both the second and third innings. Wada worked around a leadoff double by Martin Maldonado in the third and Baez led off the home half with the Cubs still leading by two runs.

Javier Baez crushed a 1-1 offering from Lohse. The ball sailed out of Wrigley and onto Waveland Ave. And his fourth home run in the big leagues, first at Wrigley, gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

 

Anthony Rizzo stepped in and while the crowd was still buzzing, Rizzo pulled Lohse’s first pitch into the basket in right. Rizzo and Baez went back-to-back on consecutive pitches and Rizzo’s 27th longball of the season gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Starlin Castro followed the longballs with a bloop single to right center. Kyle Lohse struck out Valbuena, Alcantara and Baker swinging to end the inning.

After three complete, the Cubs had a 4-0 lead.

Tsuyoshi Wada started the seventh inning with a 4-0 lead after throwing 85 pitches, 59 for strikes, in the first six innings. Wada retired Ramirez on a grounder to Valbuena (1-2 pitch) and Davis on a flyout to right. Wada retired nine in a row before Rickie Weeks stepped in. Weeks pulled a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in left center and cut the Cubs lead to 4-1. Martin Maldonado followed and he pulled a 1-2 pitch into the first row of the bleachers in left center. And just like that the Cubs lead was cut to 4-2 after the Brewers went back-to-back with two outs. Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Wada and went to his pen for Justin Grimm. Jean Segura grounded out to Rizzo (0-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs could not cash in Chris Coghlan’s second double of the game in the seventh.

The Cubs led 4-2 after seven innings.

Neil Ramirez gave up a two-out triple to Jonathan Lucroy in the eighth, but that was all, and Hector Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and needed only 10 pitches, seven for strikes, to close it out for Tsuyoshi Wada.

The Cubs wrap up the four-game series with the Brewers on Thursday afternoon (1:20pm CDT). Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Mike Fiers in the series finale.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Good stuff! Offense from the guys we most hope to see it from and great pitching. Can win a lot of games with that formula.

  • jtrain23

    I hope this is the first of many, many times that we hear about Baez and Rizzo powering the Cubs to a win. Let’s also hope that more help is coming soon with all the young positional talent coming up.

  • Vivid_Reality

    I believe you linked yesterdays Rizzo homerun, not that I didn’t enjoy seeing that also :D

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you for catching the mistake. I removed the video. It appears MLB changed the coding and has now removed the code to embed the link on the site.

  • Steve Baier

    I’m happy for Chris Coghlan – nice to see a guy come back and have success like this.

  • Tony_H

    Remember all the talk about trading off 40% of the rotation and the rotation falling apart……7 straight quality starts in a row.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-take-down-first-place-brewers-again-behind-stellar-pitching

    With that in mind, I remember saying awhile back when people said, when will we know we are turning the corner. I said that after a trade deadline sell-off, and the young players are the guys coming up to fill the roster spots (and not journeyman roster fillers) and the team doesn’t just lose like they did in 2012.

    ICYMI, we just zoomed through that last corner!

    • cubtex

      according to my quick math and counting on my fingers and toes..The Cubs are 14-21 since the trade. I guess I have a little more expectaions on what turning the corner means.

      • Tony_H

        Trade deadline was July 31st and then is when more reinforcements came up, one named Baez to be specific.

        August 7-5 record

        If you watched a game you would be able to see for yourself.

        • Tony_H

          And 12-13 since the All-Star Break.

          I would say that is better then 2012’s August and September.

        • cubtex

          I know. I wish I had some time to see Baez(one of these evenings I will have some time to watch a game)I think he will be a good one and I hope they don’t trade him. Now they have 3 players who can be long term pieces. Still a long way to go. Need a catcher a 3rd baseman(hopefully Bryant) 3 outfielders,and 2 TOR starters.

          • Tony_H

            Plenty of highlights on this site!

            You might want to check your toes, there are more pieces to the long term future.

  • Tony_H

    With Soler likely to be coming up in September and Olt tearing it up in Iowa and also will be up in September, our lineup is going to be full of power.

    1 Coghlan LF
    2 Baez 2B

    3 Rizzo 1B
    4 Castro SS
    5 Soler RF
    6 Alcantara CF
    7 Olt 3B
    8 Castillo C

    Castro’s days in the 4 spot likely are short and won’t last past this season, maybe by the time Soler comes up, they move Baez to 4.

    1 Coghlan LF
    2 Castro SS
    3 Rizzo 1B
    4 Baez 2B
    5 Soler RF
    6 Alcantara CF
    7 Olt 3B
    8 Castillo C

    It has been awhile since we are looking forward to September games from a lineup, rotation and bullpen angle.

    Hopefully next year the games are the reason to watch!

    • Chris K.

      I hope Alcantara turns it around. He’s really cooled off a lot.

      • Tony_H

        He was never going to keep that up, he is just not going to be that high of an average or that high of an OBP guy. I would bet more 260-270 AVG and 323-330 OBP that can play all over the field. He really could end up being a super utility guy in a few years.

  • EqDoc

    Kind of depressing to know that after three really great starting pitching performances that EJax will likely stink it up today… He has really become a punch in the mouth for this team. Oh well, we can always hope he can turn it around.

    • Tony_H

      His last 2 outings have not been great but are quality starts and I would take them from EJAX every time, no questions asked.

      3.75 ERA 1.25 WHIP

      6 IP 3 ER 5 H 3 BB 3 K
      6 IP 2 ER 7 H 0 BB 6 K

      • Tony_H

        Honestly, one more like that and some desperate team may take him off our hands!