July 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a double to deep right center during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Avoid Sweep, Take Down Brewers

The Chicago Cubs avoid getting swept in their home ballpark by the team at the cellar of the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Brewers took game one, then proceeded to sweep the Cubs in a double header yesterday.  The Cubs took the final game of the set on Wednesday night, 6-1.

The action got started in the third inning when Anthony Rizzo belted a two run home run to put the Cubs up 2-0.  Then in the fourth, Starlin Castro hit a solo home run to make the lead 3-0.  Later in the fourth, David DeJesus reached on an infield single that scored Cody Ransom.  DeJesus drove in two more runs in the sixth when he singled to center field to put the Cubs up 6-0.

DeJesus, Rizzo, and Castro all had multi hit games and drove in all six Cub runs.  DeJesus has been solid ever since returning from the disabled list.  Youngster Junior Lake got the night off, but did have a pinch hit appearance late in the game.  Dale Sveum gave Lake a day off because after his hot start, Lake is just three for his last twenty seven.  Hopefully some rest will get Lake back on track.

The Brewers were able to muster up nine hits, but just couldn’t capitalize on much.  They were 2-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.  Johnathan Lucroy, Caleb Gindl, and Jeff Bianchi all had multi hit games, Lucroy drove in the lone Brewer run in the eighth.

Edwin Jackson started the game for the Cubs and pitched a great five and two thirds innings until the rain came in.  After about an hour or so rain delay Jackson was able to reenter for Dale Sveum and pitched eight total strong innings.  Jackson’s final line, eight innings, eight hits, and one earned run.  Blake Parker came in for the ninth and made things a little interesting, as usual, Parker walked one and allowed a hit, but got the Cubs out and helped Jackson earn his seventh win of the year.

Wily Peralta was the starter for the Brewers and unlike Jackson, he was unable to return after the rain delay.  Peralta went five innings, gave up five hits, four runs, but just three were earned.  Alfredo Figaro came in for two innings and allowed three hits, and two earned runs.  Rob Wooten came in for the bottom of the eighth and allowed nothing, no hits or runs, he struck one batter out in his inning.

The Cubs will now open up a four game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field that starts tomorrow.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT.  The probable starters for the game are, Ricky Nolasco (6-9) for the Dodgers, and Chris Rusin (1-0) for the Cubs.

Tags: Alfredo Figaro Anthony Rizzo Blake Parker Caleb Gindl Chicago Cubs Chris Rusin Cody Ransom Dale Sveum David Dejesus Edwin Jackson Jeff Bianchi Johnathan Lucroy Junior Lake Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers Ricky Nolasco Rob Wooten Starlin Castro Wily Peralta

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