Game Seventy-Five – Cubs 3, Brewers 9
WP – Kyle Lohse (3-6) LP – Edwin Jackson (3-10) Save – None
The Brewers continued their dominance over the Cubs on Tuesday night in Milwaukee as Dale Sveum’s team began a long road trip by being pounded another division rival. With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs have dropped nine in a row and 19 of their last 21 at Miller Park.
The Cubs actually took a 3-1 lead into the fifth before Edwin Jackson imploded and the Brewers knocked him out of the game before he could record three outs.
Edwin Jackson had gotten through the first four innings despite pitching from behind in the count a majority of the time. Nate Schierholtz (2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI) launched his 11th homer of the year in the third and his three-run shot gave Jackson a 3-1 lead. Jackson put together his best inning in the fourth but it all fell apart in the fifth inning.
The Brewers batted around in the fifth and scored five runs on four hits and two walks. Jackson recorded only two outs in the fifth and one was on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Lohse. The Brewers squared up everything Jackson threw up during the 32-pitch two-thirds of an inning.
Edwin Jackson lost for the tenth time this season after allowing six runs on six hits with two walks, a hit batsman, a wild pitch and one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings. Jackson threw 88 pitches, 49 for strikes.
Hector Rondon got the final out in the fifth then it became the Rickie Weeks’ Show. Weeks hit a two-run homer off Rondon in the sixth then added a solo shot off Shawn Camp in the eighth. The Brewers scored eight unanswered runs as the Cubs’ offense continued coming up empty with runners in scoring postion.
The Cubs hit the ball rather well as five of their eight hits went for extra bases, just not with runners on base. The Cubs went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Nate Schierholtz provided the lone highlight. Schierholtz pounded out two of the Cubs’ eight hits and drove in all three runs with his 11th longball of the season in the third. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double), Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4 with a double) and Welington Castillo (1-for-4 with a double) each recorded an extra basehit but did not score a single run. The Cubs left runners in scoring position in each of the first six innings before the Brewers turned it on and put the game away.
The Cubs defense was spotty once again. Welington Castillo and Edwin Jackson both picked runners off first base but Castillo was charged with a passed ball and Jackson uncorked his Major League leading ninth wild pitch in the fifth inning. Cody Ransom filled in for Starlin Castro and made several very good plays but dropped a relay throw in the fifth inning.
The Cubs lost for the 23rd time this season a game in which they had the lead at one point.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs took over sole possession of last place in the NL Central with a 31-44 record.
Luis Valbuena led off the game with a single to center. Barney appeared to be bunting for a hit and settled with a sacrifice to first base. Valbuena advanced to second but was stranded when both Schierholtz and Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson retired the Brewers in order in the first despite throwing more balls than strikes. Jackson needed 14 pitches, six for strikes, in the opening inning.
The Cubs wasted another scoring chance in the second inning after Ryan Sweeney blooped a double into shallow right near the line. With one down, Castillo stepped in and looked at a 2-2 pitch for the second out. Ransom grounded out to third to end the inning. Lohse threw 25 pitches, 19 for strikes, over the first two innings … and after two, the Cubs were 0-for-4 with RISP and left two on base.
After Jackson retired Ramirez on a grounder to third to start the inning, Juan Francisco hit a towering homer to right that gave Milwaukee the lead. Francisco hit the ball a mile high and it just kept drifting and drifting until it left the park. Rickie Weeks then lined out to Schierholtz at the wall in right center for the first out. Jackson then hit Logan Schafer with a 0-2 pitch. After a 2-1 pitch to Caleb Gindl, Welington Castillo threw a strike to Rizzo and picked off Logan Schafer from first base to end the inning. Jackson needed 34 pitches, 16 for strikes, to complete two innings on Tuesday night.
Edwin Jackson led off the third with a single to right (2-1 pitch). Valbuena flied out to left for the first out. Darwin Barney stepped in and singled to right center. With two on and one out, Nate Schierholtz launched a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right and gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Soriano and Rizzo grounded out to end the inning.
After Caleb Gindl flied out to left to start the third, Kyle Lohse blooped a single into center. Aoki followed and pulled a 1-0 pitch toward first. Anthony Rizzo fielded the ball and threw to second to force Lohse but Jackson was late breaking for first and the Cubs could not turn a double play. Before the first pitch to Segura, Jackson picked Aoki off first to end the inning. Jackson got out of the jam but still struggled with his command. Jackson threw 41 pitches over the first three innings, 21 for strikes.
The Cubs ran themselves out of an inning and could not come through with a hit after Welington Castillo reached on a one out double to left center (1-2 pitch). Cody Ransom then pulled a grounder to the hole at short. Castillo kept running toward third and was out easily for the second out of the inning. Jackson flied out to right for the third out.
Jackson had his best inning of the night in the fourth. Jackson retired the side in order quickly and threw 56 pitches, 32 for strikes, in four innings.
The Cubs could not cash in another double in the fifth. Nate Schierholtz doubled with two outs before Alfonso Soriano failed to get the job done again and grounded out to Ramirez for the third out.
Edwin Jackson took the hill to start the fifth with a 3-1 lead … and it did not last long.
Jackson walked Juan Francisco to start the fifth. Rickie Weeks followed with a double to left center. Soriano cut the ball off before it hit the wall but Cody Ransom dropped Soriano’s throw and Francisco scored all the way from first. Jackson uncorked his Major League leading ninth wild pitch on a 0-2 offering to Logan Schafer. Weeks advanced to third with no outs. Sveum brought his infield in and Schafer pulled a 1-2 pitch toward first. Rizzo knocked the ball down and stepped on the bag for the first out as Weeks held at third.
Caleb Gindl stepped in with the infield in and ripped Jackson’s first pitch back up the middle and past a diving Barney into centerfield. Gindl’s first career RBI tied the game at three. Lohse bunted Gindl to second. Jackson then walked Aoki and brought up Jean Segura with two on, two down and the game tied at three.
Jean Segura laced a 2-2 pitch into the right field corner. Gindl scored, 4-3 Brewers and Aoki held at third on Segura’s double. Jackson hung a 2-2 breaking ball to Jonathan Lucroy and he ripped the ball into left. Both Aoki and Segura scored, 6-3 Brewers. Dale Sveum went to his pen and brought in Hector Rondon to face Aramis Ramirez. Rondon struck out Ramirez swinging to finally end the inning.
After five complete, the Cubs were down 6-3.
Anthony Rizzo led off the sixth with a double into the right field corner. Lohse retired Sweeney, Castillo and Ransom in order to end the sixth.
Hector Rondon stayed in for the sixth and gave up a double to Francisco and a long homer to Rickie Weeks and an ugly game turned into another embarrassment. With the Brewers up 8-3, Rondon retired Schafer, Gindl and Lohse in order to end the inning.
Shawn Camp survived a shaky seventh inning without allowing a run, but he was not as fortunate in the eighth. Rickie Weeks cranked his second homer of the game, and in as many at bats, over the wall in center and gave the Brewers a 9-3 lead.
The Cubs did nothing in the ninth … and dropped another game to a not-so-good Brewers team.
Scott Feldman faces Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday night.