Game Twenty-One – Cubs 1, Brewers 0
WP – Jon Lester (1-2) LP – Wily Peralta (0-4) Save – Hector Rondon (5)
It was a day of firsts on the first for the Cubs. Jon Lester picked up his first win in a Cubs’ uniform. And Addison Russell, the youngest player in the National League, hit the first home run of his big league career for the only run of the game.
Jon Lester put together his best outing of the season. Lester retired the last 10 batters he faced and 15 of the final 16 batters on the day. Lester allowed only an infield single after the second inning. Lester found a rhythm in the third inning and threw strikes from that point on. The Brewers had only two runners reach third base in the seven innings he was on the mound.
In his first Cubs’ win, Jon Lester gave up three hits with a walk and a HBP. Lester struck out four batters and threw 90 pitches, 56 for strikes, in seven innings.
Pedro Strop pitched a three up, three down eighth inning with two strikeouts.
Hector Rondon threw heat in the ninth. Rondon caught Ryan Braun looking with a 96 mph fastball (2-2 pitch) for the first out and struck out Khris Davis swinging on a 97 mph fastball. After Jason Rogers doubled to put the tying run in scoring position, Rondon shattered Adam Lind’s bat and he grounded out to Starlin Castro to end the game.
Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a home run) provided the lone highlight of the day for the offense. Russell crushed a 3-2 pitch from Wily Peralta leading off the third inning. The ball ended up in the soon-to-be-completed bleachers in left center.
Addison Russell and Jon Lester kept the team’s baserunning from being the story from Friday’s game. The Cubs made three outs on the bases, two at third base, and could not capitalize on putting runners in scoring position in six of the eight innings.
The Cubs managed one run on nine hits with three walks and a HBP. For the game, the offense was 0-for-5 with RISP and left eight men on base.
Dexter Fowler (1-for-4), Jorge Soler (2-for-4), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a HBP), Kris Bryant (0-for-2 with two walks), Starlin Castro (2-for-4), Chris Coghlan (1-for-4) and David Ross (1-for-2 with a double and a walk) all reached base Friday afternoon, but it was Addison Russell’s solo homer that was the difference in the game.
Addison Russell became the first player since Phil Cavarretta in 1934 whose first big league home run was the only run in a 1-0 Cubs victory.
With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 13-8 on the season.
Jake Arrieta faces Mike Fiers on Saturday afternoon (1:20pm CDT).