Game One Hundred Fifty – Cubs 9, Brewers 5
WP – Jason Hammel (9-6) LP – Wily Peralta (5-10) Save – None
Starlin Castro drove in two runs, including the game winner. Anthony Rizzo reached base five times and scored three runs. Kris Bryant had three hits and scored twice Miguel Montero and Addison Russell drove in run and Jorge Soler capped the scoring with a three-run pinch hit homer in the seventh as the Cubs beat the Brewers on Monday night.
The Cubs and Brewers went back and forth early in the game on a rather strange and wild night at Wrigley. There were multiple reviews, and a Maddon challenge in the third inning gave the Cubs a temporary lead. A runner was tagged out on a wild pitch at third base by Kris Bryant in the seventh inning. Jason Hammel gave the Brewers their first run on an errant pickoff attempt. There was a botched safety squeeze. And the Cubs were charged with three errors, one each in the first three innings.
The Cubs fell behind in the first inning after a shaky start from Jason Hammel. The Cubs scored three runs in the second inning on a Starlin Castro (2-for-2 with two doubles, a sac fly, two RBI and a run scored) double that plated Anthony Rizzo and a bases loaded hustle double from Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a double and two RBI) that took replay to reverse the initial call. After the Brewers tied the game at four in the top of the fifth, the Cubs took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Starlin Castro drove in Kris Bryant (3-for-5 with two runs scored) with a sac fly to left center. And Miguel Montero (1-for-3 with a RBI) singled in Anthony Rizzo.
Jorge Soler (1-for-1 with a home run and three RBI) delivered a pinch-hit, three-run blast in the seventh that put the game away.
The Cubs scored nine runs on 13 hits, five for extra bases, and six walks.
It was another rough start from Jason Hammel. The Brewers took advantage of Hammel’s command and his throwing error in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. Hammel settled down somewhat in the second and third inning but still pitched from behind in the count. Hammel did not look comfortable on the mound. Hammel did enough to give his skipper five innings.
Jason Hammel labored through five innings. Hammel allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk. Hammel struck out six and served up an opposite field, two-run homer to Adam Lind in the fifth. Hammel made 104 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Trevor Cahill and Clayton Richard combined on a scoreless sixth inning. And Richard hung a zero on the board in the seventh.
Tommy Hunter gave up a solo homer to Khris Davis in the eighth. Maddon used Travis Wood in the ninth, and Wood wrapped up the win with a clean inning.
With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 88-62 on the season.
Jason Hammel had a bad first inning. Hammel fell behind Scooter Gennett 3-1. After getting a strike over, Gennett singled to right. Logan Schafer followed with a single to right (2-0) and the Brewers had runners on the corners with no outs. Hammel caught Adam Lind looking with a 1-2 pitch. Before a 2-1 offering to Khris Davis, Hammel uncorked a wild pickoff throw to first base. Gennett scored easily, 1-0 Brewers, and Schafer went all the way to third base. Hammel struck out Davis swinging.
Domingo Santana smoked a 1-0 pitch into center. Schafer trotted in, 2-0 Brewers. Santana stole second on a 1-0 offering to Jean Segura. Hammel finally got out of the inning when Segura rolled out to Russell. Hammel made 25 pitches, 15 for strikes.
The Cubs went down in order in the first. Wily Peralta had to make only 10 pitches (seven strikes) in the opening inning.
After one complete, the Brewers led 2-0.
Jason Hammel pitched around a Dexter Fowler error in the second inning. Fowler ranged into right center to catch the deep fly from Wily Peralta and dropped the ball. With Peralta at second, Hammel got Gennett to ground out to short … 44 pitches for Hammel after two innings, 27 for strikes.
Anthony Rizzo worked a walk to start the second. Starlin Castro lined a 0-1 pitch into left center. Gary Jones waived in Rizzo and he scored when Maldonado dropped the throw from Segura. Castro went to third on the play … 2-1 Brewers. Miguel Montero struck out swinging. Addison Russell walked and Hammel stepped in with runners on the corners and one out.
Another poor decision on the bases cost the Cubs an out. Hammel bunted back to the mound. Castro was caught in no man’s land. Castro stopped halfway down the third baseline on a safety squeeze, and tried to get back to the bag. Peralta threw to Perez and Castro was tagged out. Chris Coghlan walked to load the bases.
Dexter Fowler grounded a 1-1 pitch back up the middle. The ball hit second base and ricocheted into right center. Russell scored and tied the game. And Hammel was waived in. Fowler hustled to second and was called out on the tag by Segura. Hammel did not touch the plate before Fowler was called out, the run was waived off the board.
Joe Maddon asked the umps to take another look … and upon further review, Fowler was safe at second with a double and Hammel scored, 3-2 Cubs. With runners on second and third, Schwarber lined out to a leaping Santana in right to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 3-2 lead after two innings.
The third error in as many innings did not cost the Cubs a run in the third. Castro booted a routine grounder off the bat of Adam Lind that allowed the first baseman to reach with one out. Davis grounded out to third and Santana struck out swinging for the third out.
Kris Bryant lashed Peralta’s first pitch of the third into center for a single. Anthony Rizzo singled to center and Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, Montero struck out swinging.
Addison Russell worked a walk and forced in Bryant, 4-2 Cubs. With the bases still loaded, Hammel grounded a 2-2 pitch up the middle. Gennett fielded the ball on the first base side, flipped to Segura … 4-6-3 inning ending double play.
It was 4-2 Cubs after three innings.
Jason Hammel continued to pitch from behind in the count. And it caught up to him in the fifth inning. With the Cubs leading 4-2, Gennett flied out to center (3-2 pitch) for the first out. Hammel walked Logan Schafer. After a visit from Chris Bosio, Adam Lind lined a 1-1 pitch into the first row of seats above the well in left. Lind’s opposite field two-run shot tied the game at four. Davis popped out to Rizzo near the mound and Santana flied out to the track in right to end the inning.
Kris Bryant started the fifth with a single to left. Anthony Rizzo followed and hooked a 2-0 pitch down the right field line. The ball hit of the side wall and Bryant held at third on a double from Rizzo. Starlin Castro lifted Peralta’s first pitch into left center. Bryant tagged and scored, 5-4 Cubs. Miguel Montero singled to right. Rizzo scored, 6-4 Cubs. Russell struck out swinging for the second out.
Tommy La Stella batted for Hammel and drove a 2-0 pitch into left center. Montero went to third with two outs on a single from La Stella. And Craig Counsell made a double-switch. Tyler Thornburg took over for Peralta and Shane Peterson replaced Santana in right. Coghlan lined out to second to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 6-4 lead after five innings.
Clayton Richard stayed in for the seventh after picking up the last out in the sixth. With the Cubs leading 6-4, Richard gave up a single to Gennett to start the seventh. A wild pitch on the first offering to Logan Schafer led to an out. The ball hit the bricks behind the plate and shot toward the Cubs dugout. Gennett rounded second and took off for third. Bryant picked up the ball in the third base coach’s box. Bryant dove and tagged Gennett just before he got a hand on the bag. It was a close play that could have been called either way. The Brewers asked for a review. The call on the field stood. Schafer flied out to right center and Lind flied out to center for the third out.
Lefty Cesar Jimenez made his way in from the Brewers’ bullpen in the seventh. Anthony Rizzo ripped a 3-1 pitch into right for a single. Starlin Castro blooped a 1-1 pitch into right. The ball fell in between Gennett and Peterson. Rizzo went to third on a bloop double from Castro. Maddon went to his bench.
Jorge Soler hit for Montero and crushed a 0-2 pitch from Jimenez. Soler smacked a three-run homer just to the left of straight away center … and the Cubs took a 9-4 lead.
Russell grounded out to third for the first out in the seventh. Austin Jackson batted for Richard and struck out swinging (3-2 pitch). Javier Baez hit for Coghlan. Baez doubled off the wall in left center but did not advance. Fowler tapped back to the mound to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 9-4 lead after seven innings.
Tommy Hunter was called on for the eighth inning. And Khris Davis took him deep to center to start the inning … 9-5 Cubs. Hunter retired the next three batters he faced to close out the eighth … pinch-hitter Jason Rogers (grounder to short), Jean Segura (swinging strikeout) and Hernan Perez (flyout to center).
The Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth against David Goforth, but could not add any jug runs. Schwarber walked to start the inning and went to third on a single to right center off the bat of Kris Bryant. Schafer threw to third which allowed Bryant to take second base. Goforth intentionally walked Rizzo.
Matt Szczur hit for Hunter and rolled a 1-2 pitch toward short. Segura threw home and forced Schwarber for the first out. David Ross struck out swinging and Russell grounded out to short.
It was 9-5 Cubs after eight innings.
Travis Wood pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to wrap-up the win.
Jake Arrieta faces rookie right-hander Tyler Cravy on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT).