Game One Hundred Forty-Eight – Cubs 3, Brewers 11
WP – Zach Davies (11-7) LP – Jake Arrieta (17-7) Save – None
The Cubs led Saturday’s game 3-0 after the first inning. A Kris Bryant triple plated Tommy La Stella and Chris Coghlan hit a two-run home run. The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the sixth before the Brewers started hitting the ball out of the park. Jake Arrieta left after allowing three runs in the sixth and giving up the lead. The Brewers scored 10 runs on four home runs as the Cubs were blown out at Wrigley for one of the few times this season.
Joe Maddon stayed with a majority of his B-Team lineup again Saturday. But unlike Friday, the Cubs pitching could not get the job done. Jake Arrieta struggled before Carl Edwards Jr. and Spencer Patton served up three home runs in the last two innings, one a Grand Slam by Chris Carter in the ninth that turned what was a close game for seven innings into a laugher.
Jake Arrieta’s command was spotty at best. Jake Arrieta would lock in and throw strikes, but he lost the strike zone too many times Saturday afternoon. Arrieta walked four, two to the leadoff man in the first and sixth innings. Arrieta and the Cubs poor defense allowed the Brewers to put the leadoff man on in four of his six innings.
The Brewers first run scored in the fourth inning after Scooter Gennett reached on a fielding error by Tommy La Stella at third. An Arrieta wild pitch and a single by Ryan Braun gave the Brewers the first run.
Arrieta labored through a 39-pitch sixth inning. Arrieta walked two in the sixth, served up a ground rule double to Scooter Gennett and the first of two, two-run homers by Ryan Braun. The Cubs were fortunate enough to watch Braun celebrate hitting two home runs on Saturday afternoon.
Jake Arrieta was replaced by Trevor Cahill after six innings and the Cubs trailing 4-3.
The Cubs turned two 1-4-3 double plays with Arrieta on the mound that ended both the second and fourth innings. Arrieta gave up only four hits but add in the four free passes and an error and that is simply too many baserunners in six innings.
Jake Arrieta will not be able to reach 20 wins in back-to-back season. Arrieta allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Arrieta made 102 pitches, 58 for strikes, in six innings.
Trevor Cahill pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
For one of the few times in the majors this season, Carl Edwards Jr. did not have it. The Brewers scored three runs off Edwards Jr. on two home runs in the eighth. Braun hit a two-run homer and Domingo Santana launched a solo shot that hit on top of the Nuveen sign and skipped onto Waveland.
Spencer Patton walked two and hit a batter in the ninth before Chris Carter launched a Grand Slam to left center. Carter’s slam actually hit off the scoreboard, the first visiting player to hit Bryant’s Board. The Brewers scored 11 runs on eight hits (three home runs) six walks and a hit batsman.
Kris Bryant (1-for-2 with a triple, a walk, a HBP, a run scored and a RBI) and Chris Coghlan (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) drove in the Cubs runs in the first inning. Tommy La Stella (2-for-4 with a run scored) had two of the Cubs’ eight hits. And each one of Maddon’s starting position players with the exception of Munenori Kawasaki had at least one hit.
The Cubs scored three runs on eight hits and two walks. The Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs and failed to score a run. The Cubs had a 3-1 lead at the time and could have given Arrieta a little more breathing room.
The Cubs were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
The Cubs did not execute pitches or play the game properly on Saturday and were blown out.
With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 94-54 on the season.
The Cubs wrap up the four-game series and season series with the Brewers on Sunday afternoon (1:20pm CDT). Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Wily Peralta.