Game One Hundred Thirty-Seven – Cubs 7, Brewers 2
WP – Kyle Hendricks (14-7) LP – Zach Davies (10-7) Save – None
Down 1-0 after five innings, the Cubs tied the game in the sixth inning, took the lead with a two-run seventh inning and put it away with a four-run eighth inning. And the Cubs took game one of the series at Miller Park on Monday afternoon.
Kyle Hendricks was very good again and surrendered only a Chris Carter home run in his six innings of work. The bottom of Joe Maddon’s lineup and the Cubs’ bench stepped up Monday. On a day Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were a combined 0-for-9 with a HBP, the Cubs scored seven runs on 10 hits with only one extra base knock.
The Cubs tied the game in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh on three, two-out hits.
Tommy La Stella (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) led off the sixth with a walk and moved to second base when Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4 with a HBP) grounded out to short. Orlando Arcia slipped and could not start a double play. Rizzo was thrown out at first and the Cubs took advantage of the extra out.
Jorge Soler (2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI) broke his bat on a 2-1 pitch from Zach Davies and blooped a single to left. La Stella scored and tied the game at one.
Miguel Montero (2-for-3 with a double, a HBP and a run scored) had a big game and doubled to the right field corner with two outs in the seventh.
Chris Coghlan (2-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI) made the most of his two at-bats and drove in three runs with two hits, including the game winner.
Chris Coghlan batted for Kyle Hendricks and laced a 3-2 pitch from Davies into right center. Montero rumbled around third and scored the go ahead run. Coghlan went to second on the throw to the plate. Tommy La Stella pulled a 3-2 pitch into right. Scooter Gennett fielded the ball in shallow right but the ball popped out of his glove. Coghlan scored easily, 3-1 Cubs.
The Cubs put the game away in the eighth.
Jorge Soler singled to right center with one-down off Ben Rowen. Matt Szczur ran for Soler and went to third on a single down the right field line from Addison Russell (1-for-5 with a run scored).
Jason Heyward (0-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI) singled to center (later changed to an error on Arcia). Szczur scored and made it a 4-1 game. Russell went to third on the play.
Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI) bunted as the Cubs executed a perfect safety squeeze. Russell scored, 5-1 Cubs. Baez reached on what was ruled an infield single because no one covered first base. Craig Counsell went to his pen and replaced Rowen with Rob Scahill. Montero was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Chris Coghlan delivered the knockout, a single to right that plated Heyward and Baez. With the Cubs leading 7-1 after eight innings, Joe Maddon had Jake Buchanan take the ninth. Ryan Braun padded his stats with a homer to left for the Brewers second run.
Kyle Hendricks had a good rhythm on Monday. Hendricks command was just a little off. He was not as crisp as he been for a majority of the season. Hendricks made only one mistake in six innings and Chris Carter hit it out of the park. Hendricks gave up three straight hits in the second inning and was able to pitch his way out of trouble.
Kyle Hendricks lowered his Major League best ERA to 2.07 after allowing one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Hendricks made 97 pitches, 60 for strikes, in six innings.
Felix Pena had his best inning in the big leagues with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. And Joe Smith struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth.
Jake Buchanan allowed the solo homer to Braun for the Brewers second run.
With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 89-48 on the year … a season-high 41 games over .500.
Jason Hammel gets the ball on Tuesday night (7:10pm CDT) and will face Wily Peralta at Miller Park.