Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine – Cubs 1, Brewers 2
WP – Corey Knebel (1-2) LP – Joe Smith (2-5) Save – Tyler Thornburg (9)
Anthony Rizzo tried to put the Cubs on his back Wednesday night in the finale at Miller Park. Rizzo homered off Matt Garza and tied the game at one in the sixth. And Rizzo appeared to hit the game-tying homer in the ninth. Keon Broxton made a leaping catch at the wall in center field and robbed Rizzo of his second multi-homer game in as many days. And the Cubs lost by one run in the last game of the season in Milwaukee.
The Cubs offense was non-existent. The Cubs had Matt Garza on the ropes in the first inning. An infield single from Kris Bryant (1-for-4), a single by Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run) and a walk by Ben Zobrist (0-for-2 with two walks) loaded the bases with one out. Addison Russell (0-for-3) rolled into a 3-2 fielder’s choice and Chris Coghlan (0-for-3) grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Cubs made Matt Garza look very good. Garza was not sharp. The Cubs had a bad night at the plate. Anthony Rizzo had the Cubs only hit after the first inning.
The Cubs finished the game with one run on three hits and two walks.
Jonathan Villar had a career night for the Brewers. Villar hit two home runs, the first multi-homer game of his career, that accounted for both Brewers’ runs. Villar took Mike Montgomery deep in the fourth inning right-handed and launched the game winner to center off Joe Smith in the eighth from the left-side. Villar became the first Brewer to homer from both sides of the plate since Jose Valentin in over 17 years. (July 1, 1999).
Six Cubs’ pitchers gave up two runs on five hits and five walks with eight strikeouts.
Mike Montgomery was on top of his game Wednesday night. Montgomery found a rhythm and faced the minimum through three innings. Montgomery did not give up a hit until the fourth. Jonathan Villar led off with a solo homer to left center. Montgomery lost the no-hit bid and shutout with one swing of the bat. Montgomery made only the one mistake in five innings.
Montgomery warmed up for the sixth inning. When Jake Elmore was announced as the pinch-hitter for Matt Garza, Maddon went to his pen for Justin Grimm.
Mike Montgomery turned the game over to the pen tied at one in the sixth. Montgomery allowed one run on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Montgomery made 87 pitches, 55 for strikes, in five innings.
Justin Grimm faced one batter and gave up a single to pinch-hitter Jake Elmore. Cubs’ trainer P.J. Mainville and Joe Maddon went to the mound to check on Grimm. After a brief conversation, Grimm left the game with Mainville and was replaced by Carl Edwards Jr. The Cubs announced shortly after the end of the sixth inning that Grimm was ill, not injured.
Carl Edwards Jr. worked around the single Grimm gave up and a walk to Ryan Braun in the sixth. Trevor Cahill and Travis Wood pitched a scoreless seventh. Joe Smith served up another home run that cost the Cubs a game.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 89-50 on the season.
Thursday is an off day for the Cubs. Jon Lester gets the ball in the opener of the three-game series in Houston on Friday night (7:10pm CDT) and is scheduled to take on Astros’ right-hander Joe Musgrove.