Game One Hundred Nineteen: Cubs 4, Brewers 2
WP – Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1) LP – Kyle Lohse (11-7) Save – Hector Rondon (16)
Javier 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.