Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 3, Brewers 1
WP – Dan Haren (11-9) LP – Jorge Lopez (1-1) Save – Travis Wood (4)
Anthony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs with a single in the first inning. The Cubs scored all three runs in the opening frame and gave Dan Haren and the bullpen all the run support they would need. The Cubs completed the sweep over the Brewers at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs finished the regular season with eight straight victories and ended the excellent regular season with a 97-65 record, 32 games over .500 and tied for the second most wins for a Cubs team in last 70 years.
The Cubs scored three times in the first inning and cashed in two walks and a HBP. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with two RBI) singled with the bases loaded and plated both Austin Jackson (1-for-4 with a HBP and a run scored) and Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). Rizzo passed 100 RBI with the single and drove in 101 runs on the season.
Kris Bryant (1-for-1 with three walks and a run scored) scored the third run when Starlin Castro (0-for-4) rolled into a 6-4-3 double play. The Cubs managed seven hits on the afternoon. Miguel Montero (2-for-4) and Chris Denorfia (1-for-4) collected the other hits on the afternoon.
Dan Haren said after the game that he is retiring whenever the Cubs’ season ends. If Sunday was indeed Haren’s final big league game he went out with a win. Haren had good command, worked quickly and threw strikes. Haren really made only one mistake, the two-out walk he issued to Scooter Gennett in the third inning. The Brewers made very little hard contact against Haren in six innings.
Dan Haren gave up one run on three hits and a walk. Haren struck out three on 68 pitches, 44 for strikes, in six innings. Haren recorded his 153rd victory on Sunday spanning a 13-year career.
Justin Grimm was effective and faced the minimum in the seventh. And Neil Ramirez pitched a scoreless eighth. Travis Wood notched his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Cubs defense stepped up Sunday afternoon. Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo turned in excellent plays that made a difference in the outcome.
With Sunday’s win (16-11 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs finished the 2015 regular season with a 97-65 record.
The Cubs showed a lot of patience against rookie right-hander Jorge Lopez in the first inning, and the good at bats turned into runs. The Cubs scored three times in the first inning, cashing in two walks and a HBP.
Jorge Lopez grazed Austin Jackson with a 0-2 pitch to start the game. Jackson swiped second on a 2-2 pitch to Coghlan. Lopez’s 3-2 offering missed and Chris Coghlan walked. Kris Bryant worked a deep at bat that ended with a walk on a 3-2 pitch. And the bases were loaded with no outs for Rizzo.
Anthony Rizzo pulled a 1-2 pitch into right. Jackson and Coghlan scored, 2-0 Cubs. And Rizzo passed the century mark in RBI (100, 101 RBI). With runners on the corners and no outs, Starlin Castro rolled into a 6-4-3 double play. Bryant scored, 3-0 Cubs. Chris Denorfia grounded out to third base to end the inning. Jorge Lopez made 29 pitches, 17 for strikes, in the opening frame.
Dan Haren pitched a 1-2-3 first inning on 13 pitches, nine for strikes.
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead after one complete.
Austin Jackson started the third with a single to left (0-2 pitch). Coghlan worked a full count. Jackson took off for second. Coghlan struck out and Maldonado threw out Jackson to complete the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play. Kris Bryant worked his second walk in as many at bats. Rizzo flied out to right center (3-1 pitch) for the third out. Lopez needed 60 pitches, 36 for strikes, to complete three innings.
Dan Haren gave up his first hit of the afternoon, a single to Jean Segura to start the third. Maldonado flied out to left. Jorge Lopez bunted Segura to second with two outs. Haren could not finish off Scooter Gennett. Haren missed with a 3-2 pitch and put runners on first and second for Peterson.
Shane Peterson drove Haren’s first pitch to left. The ball hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Segura scored, 3-1 Cubs. Adam Lind stepped in with the tying runs in scoring position. Lind pulled a 1-0 pitch to Rizzo. The ball hit off Rizzo’s glove and rolled into shallow right. Starlin Castro picked it up and flipped to Haren covering the bag for the third out. Excellent head’s up play by Castro ended the inning. Haren made 43 pitches, 26 for strikes, in three innings.
The Cubs led 3-1 after three innings.
And that was the final score on the last day of the regular season. Dan Haren, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez and Travis Wood kept the Brewers off the scoreboard.
The Pirates beat the Reds 4-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs will travel to Pittsburgh for the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night (7:08pm CDT) … Jake Arrieta versus Gerrit Cole.