Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 4, Brewers 12
WP – Kyle Lohse (2-4) LP – Travis Wood (2-2) Save – None
Kris Bryant launched his first big league homer, a three-run shot in the third inning that gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Phil Coke gave up 11 runs in the first five innings as the Cubs were blown out on Saturday night in Miller Park.
The only thing that seemingly went right for the Cubs on Saturday night was the three run homer Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) hit in the third inning. Addison Russell (1-for-4 with a single and a run scored) extended his hitting streak to 12 games and was on board for Bryant’s homer in the third.
Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4), Miguel Montero (1-for-2 with a walk), Jorge Soler (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) and Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a RBI) collected hits but the offense could not keep up with the pitching staff.
Saturday night could have been Travis Wood’s worst outing with the Cubs. Travis Wood had no command, everything he threw was up in the zone and he missed his spots by 10-12 inches consistently. Wood appeared to have trouble locating anything he threw.
And for as bad as Wood was over the first two innings, he was given a lead on Bryant’s home run that he could not hold. Not even for a half inning. Wood served up a two-run homer to Gerardo Parra that gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Brewers scored three runs in the third and took the lead for good. Khris Davis knocked in two with a ground rule double and Parra plated the third run on a sac fly to center.
The Cubs cut the Brewers lead to 5-4 in the fourth before Wood gave the run right back on a solo homer to Jean Segura. Wood was charged with six runs, four earned, on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Two balls left the yard and Wood threw 84 pitches, 49 for strikes, in four innings.
The game got out of hand in the fifth. The Brewers scored five runs off Edwin Jackson and Phil Coke. Jackson entered the game with his team down 6-4 and walked the first two men he faced. Another double off the bat of Khris Davis made it a 7-4 game and ended Jackson’s night before he could record an out.
Phil Coke picked up where Jackson left off. Coke walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. A sac fly gave the Brewers another run and a three-run homer from pinch-hitter Jason Rogers removed any doubt about the outcome of Saturday night’s game.
The game was so lopsided after Edwin Jackson and Phil Coke allowed five runs in the fifth inning, Joe Maddon waved the white flag and emptied his bench in the sixth inning.
Addison Russell replaced Castro at short, Jonathan Herrera stayed in at second base and Welington Castillo took over behind the plate for Montero. Before the seventh, Chris Coghlan moved from left to first base and Matt Szczur played left field. And David Ross pitched the eighth inning. Ross retired the Brewers in order on 11 pitches, nine for strikes, in his first appearance on a big league mound.
Saturday was rather embarrassing, even to the point where Jonathan Herrera did not wear the right jersey top when he entered the game in the sixth inning. But Joe Maddon using David Ross to pitch the eighth inning appeared to lighten the mood and actually put a baseball game in the right perspective.
With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 15-14 on the season.
Kyle Lohse and Travis Wood tossed 1-2-3 first innings. And the Cubs could not advance Miguel Montero from first base in the second after he led off the inning with a single.
Khris Davis reached on an infield single and a throwing error by Starlin Castro with one down in the second inning. Gerardo Parra squared up an elevated 1-0 pitch from Wood and the ball landed on the batter’s eye in center field. The Brewers took a 2-0 lead on Parra’s first longball of the season. Wood continued to elevate his pitches. Martin Maldonado singled to left but was forced at second when Elian Herrera rolled a 3-2 pitch to Bryant. The Cubs could not turn two. Herrera took over at first base. Lohse grounded out to short for the third out.
Travis Wood threw 40 pitches in the first two innings. After two complete, the Cubs trailed 2-0.
Addison Russell singled to left (2-2 pitch) with one out in the third. Russell extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Dexter Fowler drove a 2-0 pitch to the gap in left center. The ball stuck under the padding of the outfield wall. Russell would have scored easily, but he had to return to third base on what was a ground rule double. And Bryant stepped in with the tying runs on second and third with one out.
Kris Bryant crushed the first pitch from Kyle Lohse. The ball sailed over the wall in left center. Bryant’s first big league home run gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead.
And when Bryant returned to the dugout, he found no one there to greet him. All of the Cubs players and coaches left the dugout and were in the tunnel.
Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero struck out swinging to end the inning.
Travis Wood was given a lead and for the second time on the road trip he gave it right back.
Jean Segura singled to center. Hector Gomez hit what should have been a 4-6-3 double play ball, but Russell booted the ball. The Brewers had runners on first and second with no outs. Wood walked Braun and loaded the bases. Adam Lind lined out to Rizzo for the first out.
Khris Davis pulled a 3-0 pitch from Wood to deep left. The ball hit on the track and hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Segura and Herrera scored, 4-3 Brewers. With runners on second and third and one down, Gerardo Parra lifted a 0-1 pitch to center. Braun tagged and scored, 5-3 Brewers. With Davis at third and two down, Maldonado flied out to center to end the inning.
After three complete, the Cubs trailed 5-3.
Jorge Soler led off the fourth with a double to left. Starlin Castro singled to right, Soler scored and made it a 5-4 game. Coghlan rolled out to second, Castro moved into scoring position but was stranded after both Wood and Russell struck out swinging to end the inning.
Travis Wood stayed in for the fourth inning. Wood struck out Herrera (looking) and Lohse (swinging) for the first two outs. Jean Segura made it a 6-4 game with a solo homer to left. Hector Gomez flied out to right to end the inning.
After four complete, the Cubs trailed 6-4.
The Cubs put two on in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo singled with one out and advanced to second on a passed ball. Montero walked but with two on and two down, Soler struck out to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson started the fifth inning and the game got out of hand.
Jackson issued back-to-back walks to Braun and Lind to start the inning. Khris Davis doubled off the wall in left center, Braun scored, 7-4 Brewers. Maddon decided that was enough for Jackson with runners on second and third and no outs. Maddon replaced Jackson with Phil Coke.
Phil Coke walked Parra to load the bases. Martin Maldonado lifted a 1-0 pitch to center. Lind tagged and scored, 8-4 Brewers. With runners on first and third with one out, Maddon brought his infield in. Herrera grounded to third. Bryant fielded the ball, looked Davis back to the bag and threw across the diamond for the second out.
Jason Rogers delivered the knockout blow. Rogers hit for Lohse and hit his first big league home run. A three-run shot over the wall in left center and made it an 11-4 game. Segura grounded out to short for the third out.
It was 11-4 Brewers after five innings.
The Brewers added another run in the sixth inning off Jason Motte. Braun singled to right. Lind flied out to right. Motte walked Davis and Parra singled to right. Rizzo dove but the ball hit off his glove and ended up in right field. Braun scored, 12-4 Brewers. Maldonado popped out to Rizzo for the third out.
The Brewers had a commanding 12-4 lead after six innings. And that was the final score.
James Russell pitched a scoreless seventh inning. And David Ross pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Kyle Hendricks takes on Matt Garza in the series finale at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon (1:10pm CDT).