Game One Hundred Eighteen – Cubs 4, Brewers 1
WP – Jason Hammel (13-5) LP – Jhan Marinez (0-1) Save – Aroldis Chapman (26)
Jason Hammel tossed seven scoreless. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras drove in runs and Javier Baez unloaded on a two-run homer as the Cubs completed the doubleheader sweep of the Brewers on Tuesday night.
The Cubs took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning. Jason Hammel held the Brewers in check for seven innings and Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless eighth. Hernan Perez hit a solo homer into the basket in left with two down in the ninth for the Brewers first of the day. Everyday Travis Wood could not record three outs in the ninth without giving up the homer to Perez and a bloop single to Chris Carter. Joe Maddon was forced to use Aroldis Chapman to close out the game. The Brewers loaded the bases in the ninth before Chapman caught Martin Maldonado looking at a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
Jason Hammel was sensational once again. Hammel ran his scoreless streak to 22 innings with seven innings of shutout ball on Tuesday night. Hammel found a rhythm with David Ross, kept the ball down and pounded the strike zone. Hammel set the tone for the second game while the offense had to deal with six different Brewers’ pitchers.
Hammel had as many hits Tuesday as he gave up in seven innings. Hammel allowed two singles, issued three free passes and struck out seven on a season-high 110 pitches, 62 for strikes.
The Cubs offense did just enough to complete the sweep against six different Brewers’ pitchers. Chase Anderson left the game in the first inning two batters into his outing. Kris Bryant hit a comebacker that nailed Anderson in the left leg and he was unable to continue. The Brewers announced he had a left quadriceps contusion.
The Brewers lost their starting pitcher, Chase Anderson, and Ryan Braun due to injuries Tuesday. Braun slid into the side wall in the fourth and left the game with sprained knee and sprained ankle.
The Cubs pounded out 10 hits and walked five times but continued to struggle with runners on base. The Cubs were 4-for-13 with RISP and left eight men on base.
Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with one walk and one RBI) gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with a two-out single to left in the third inning that plated David Ross (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). The Cubs scored three runs in the six and gave Hammel and the bullpen a little breathing room.
Ben Zobrist (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored) led off the sixth with a double to left off Rob Scahill. Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI) singled to right and plated Zobrist with the second run. Contreras was on first base when Baez stepped in.
Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) crushed a 0-1 pitch from Scahill. Baez launched a two-run shot into the bleachers in left center. And the Cubs took a 4-0 lead.
Jorge Soler (0-for-2 with two walks) and Jason Hammel (2-for-3 with a double) reached base Tuesday night but were unable to cross the plate.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) had one hit Tuesday night. Rizzo made the catch of the year in the fifth inning. Rizzo stood on top of the side wall near his tarp and reached into the stands to catch a foul ball off the bat of Keon Broxton.
Almost a year to the day (Aug. 12, 2015), Anthony Rizzo made another incredible catch leaning into foul ground in a game against the Brewers with Jason Hammel on the hill.
The Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep for the first time in 32 years in which the pitching staff allowed one earned run. The ’84 Cubs took two from the Mets (3-0, 5-1) at Shea Stadium on July 29, 1984.
With Tuesday night’s win and the doubleheader sweep of the Brewers, the Cubs improved to 75-43 on the season.
The Cubs have only one game on the schedule Wednesday. Jon Lester takes on Jimmy Nelson under the lights (7:05pm CDT) in game three with the Brewers.