Logan Schafer got down a sac bunt with the bases loaded to drive home the game winning run as the Brewers defeated the Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Milwaukee got everything started in the second inning on a Carlos Gomez sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Aramis Ramirez and give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
Fast forward all the way to the seventh inning when Ryan Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly to plate Junior Lake and tie the game for the Cubs. One batter later, Welington Castillo hit a two run home run that gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead and some life heading into the last two innings. Carlos Gomez would strike again in the bottom of the seventh inning when he hit a two run home run to tie the game at three and ruin the Cubs’ momentum. The Brewers would get the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on the Schafer sacrifice as I mentioned earlier.
The Cubs got a very solid outing from Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija went seven innings, gave up five hits, and three earned runs. Jeff also struck out eight batters in the game. He would then pass it off to Pedro Strop who would pitch a perfect eighth inning to go along with one strikeout. Justin Grimm is the pitcher of record for the Cubs, he was hit with his second loss on the year after giving up the game winner.
The Brewers also got a great outing from their starter, Marco Estrada. Estrada went seven innings, gave up four hits, and three earned runs. He also struck out seven batters. Brandon Kintzler would give up two hits in the eighth inning, but would get out with no damage done. Jim Henderson, the Brewers’ closer, got the win in the game. That win gives him five on the year.
Starlin Castro and Castillo led the Cubs offensively. The duo combined for four hits and two RBI’s on the night. The Brewers were led by, Norichika Aoki, who had two hits in four trips and Carlos Gomez, who had two hits in three trips and three RBI’s for the Brew Crew.
The Brewers have now taken the first two games of this four game set and the Cubs will need to win the final two to earn a split.
The series will continue tomorrow night at 7:10 PM CDT at Miller Park. The probable starters are, Tyler Thornburg (2-1) for the Brewers and for the Cubs, it will be Chris Rusin (2-4).
Topics: Aramis Ramirez, Brandon Kintzler, Carlos Gomez, Chicago Cubs, Chris Rusin, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Henderson, Junior Lake, Justin Grimm, Logan Schafer, Marco Estrada, Milwaukee Brewers, Norichika Aoki, Pedro Strop, Ryan Sweeney, Starlin Castro, Tyler Thornburg, Welington Castillo