Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 1, Brewers 3
WP – Wily Peralta (7-10) LP – Kyle Hendricks (15-8) Save – Tyler Thornburg (11)
Kyle Hendricks had one tough inning in what was another good outing. Hendricks allowed two runs on four hits in the second inning that gave the Brewers an early lead. And the two runs proved to be insurmountable for his teammates. The Cubs continued to struggle with runners on base, especially in scoring position. The Cubs could not cash in several scoring chances and dropped the finale of the series and season-series to the Brewers.
Kyle Hendricks did his job and put the Cubs in position to win a game. The Brewers scored two runs in the second inning on four singles, three with two outs. Hendricks threw strikes and did not walk a batter in his six innings of work. The Brewers two extra basehits against Hendricks did not figure in the scoring.
Kyle Hendricks saw his ERA rise from 2.03 to 2.06 after giving up two runs on six hits with no walks. Hendricks struck out nine on 97 pitches, 63 for strikes, in six innings.
Joe Smith pitched a scoreless seventh. After Travis Wood picked up two outs in the eighth, the Brewers added a run against Felix Pena. Chris Carter hit a towering home run to left for the Brewers third and final run of the game. Trevor Cahill retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth.
The Cubs were not able to string together any hits against the Wily Peralta and two Brewers’ relievers. The Cubs outhit the Brewers 9-7 but finished the game 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs left 11 men on base.
Tommy La Stella (1-for-1 with a double and a RBI) hit for Hendricks in the sixth inning and doubled in Javier Baez (1-for-3 with a HBP and a run scored) with the Cubs only run. The Cubs had runners on bases seemingly all afternoon, including the ninth inning. Javier Baez and Dexter Fowler (0-for-4 with a walk) were on first and second with one out and the Cubs down by two runs. Kris Bryant (1-for-5) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double and a walk) struck out to end the game.
The Cubs dropped the series to the Brewers (1-3). The Cubs finished the season-series against the Brewers with 11 wins in the 19 games (11-8).
With Sunday’s loss (12-12 on Sundays in 2016), the Cubs slipped to 94-55 on the season.
The Cubs open a three-game series on Monday night (7:05pm CDT) at Wrigley against the Reds. Jason Hammel is scheduled to face rookie right-hander Tim Adleman.