Game One Hundred Thirty-Eight – Cubs 5, Brewers 12
WP – Wily Peralta (6-9) LP – Jason Hammel (14-8) Save – None
Anthony Rizzo supplied two of a handful of highlights in what was a sloppy, ugly game for the Cubs at Miller Park on Tuesday night. Rizzo hit two home runs off Wily Peralta and drove in three of the five runs. Miguel Montero hit an opposite field homer the second and scored on a pinch-hit double from Munenori Kawasaki in the ninth. Jason Hammel did not have anything and was rocked for 5 2/3 innings as the Cubs were blown out Tuesday night.
The Cubs gave up 12 runs for the fourth time this season and Hammel was responsible for nine of them. After Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with a first inning homer, the Brewers scored five runs off Hammel in the bottom of the first … and just kept tacking on.
Hammel missed up in the zone and the Brewers teed off on him. Hammel gave up a lot of hard contact even the outs were rather loud while he was on the hill. Hammel struggled with his command and mechanics. Hammel picked up some of the innings he missed a couple of starts ago. The infield defense did not help Hammel out at all in the first inning. Jason Heyward took at least an extra basehit away from Ryan Braun in the second inning with a leaping catch at the wall in right that would have made Hammel’s line look even worse than it was.
Hammel surrendered a run in the fourth after Wily Peralta, the Brewers’ starting pitcher, doubled to right center and scored on a throwing error by Miguel Montero. The Brewers led 6-2 after four innings and blew the game open in the sixth inning when Braun hit a three-run homer off Hammel.
Jason Hammel turned the game over to the pen after allowing nine runs, eight earned, on a season-worst 13 hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Hammel hit a batter, served up two home runs and made 97 pitches, 69 for strikes, in 5 2/3 innings.
Felix Pena recorded the last out in the sixth inning.
Hector Rondon pitched the seventh inning and gave up a run on two hits. Rondon was a little rusty but had good velocity (high-90s fastball) while appearing to throw without any pain.
Spencer Patton was tagged with two unearned runs on one hit. A Chris Coghlan throwing error as he attempted to start an around the horn double play opened the door for two more Brewers’ runs.
Cubs’ pitching allowed 12 runs on 16 hits with three walks and hit by pitch on Tuesday night.
Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI) and Miguel Montero (2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored) had half of the Cubs’ eight hits and had their hands in all of the scoring. Rizzo took Wily Peralta deep twice, a solo shot to left in the first inning and a two-run rocket to right in the eighth.
Miguel Montero homered to left in the second inning. Montero doubled in the ninth and scored on a pinch-hit double by Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-1 with a double and a RBI).
Ben Zobrist (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored) had two hits and was on second following a double in the eighth when Rizzo went yard for the second time. Tommy La Stella (1-for-4) struggled at third base again but collected the Cubs other hit.
The Cubs scored five runs on eight hits with walks.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 89-49 on the season.
The Cubs wrap up the series with the Brewers on Wednesday night (7:10pm CDT). Mike Montgomery takes on Matt Garza in the last game of the year at Wrigley Field North.