The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs played a scoreless eight innings of baseball, which saw very little action on Monday night. Kyle Lohse and Jeff Samardzija were caught in a duel until the ninth inning when the Brewers scored five runs to defeat the Cubs 5-0.
Lohse went six innings, gave up five hits, and no earned runs and Samardzija went seven innings, gave up three hits, and no earned runs. Pedro Strop allowed five runs on three hits and a walk in his one third of an inning. Those runs are the first Strop has given up since arriving in Chicago. The Brewer bullpen was brilliant, they allowed one hit over three innings of work. Brandon Kintzler got his third win of the year and Strop got his first loss.
Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo each had a pair of hits for the Cubs in their combined eight plate appearances. David DeJesus had the only extra base hit in a game that the Cubs only managed to go 1-8 with runners in scoring position.
Rickie Weeks and Jeff Bianchi each drove in a pair of runs that essentially buried the Cubs after Carlos Gomez drove in the go ahead run with a bloop single into center field.
After a sweep of the defending world champions over the weekend the Cubs drop the first game to the NL Central bottom feeding Brew Crew. The Cubs will have three more games against the Brewers that will round out the month of July. It starts with a day/night double header tomorrow. First pitch of game one is set for 1:20 PM CT and the starters are scheduled to be, Yovanni Gallardo (8-9) for the Brewers, and Carlos Villanueva (2-7) for the Cubs. For the night cap, which starts at 7:05 PM CT, the starters will be, Tyler Thornburg (1-0) for the Brewers, and Jake Arrieta (1-2) for the Cubs.
Topics: Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Kintzler, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs, David Dejesus, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Bianchi, Jeff Samardzija, Junior Lake, Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers, Pedro Strop, Rickie Weeks, Tyler Thornberg, Yovanni Gallardo