The Cubs did the minimum in their important series against the Brewers. Unfortunately the offense's deep freeze continued and the bullpen continues to be leaky as the Brewers leave town down a mere game. Curtis Granderson was inserted into the starting lineup in the leadoff spot, and it shows the difference between the hands Craig Counsell and Joe Maddon are playing with right now. The extremely likeable veteran bat tripled to lead off the game. He would score on Lorenzo Cain's single.
The Cubs managed to make hard contact against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, but they found Brewers gloves more often than not. Chase Anderson walked three Cubs in the first two innings, and the Cubs even placed the tying run in scoring position in the second inning. Javier Báez led off the second inning with a walk, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Albert Almora Jr. flew out for the second out, but Anderson's control wavered once again against Willson Contreras. Kyle Hendricks hit a two out single to give the Cubs a chance to tie the game, but Addison Russell flied out to right to end the threat.
Hendricks surrendered another run in the third inning. Chase Anderson was retired easily enough, but Granderson, Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain all singled to load the bases. Travis Shaw hit a hard fly out to center to drive in Granderson. Hendricks induced a groundout from Moustakas to keep the Cubs in shooting distance, but it was too late by this point.
Chase Anderson was pulled after just four innings, but he left with a 2-0 lead. The Cubs cut the Brewers lead in half in the fifth inning. Jacob Barnes was the first Brewers reliever. Tommy La Stella hit a groundball to short, and ended up on second with the error by the Brewers shortstop. You won't believe it that Addison Russell and Daniel Murphy made outs, but Kris Bryant hit a ball off the basket. It was correctly ruled a double and the Cubs had to settle for just a run in the inning with Rizzo grounding out.
The Cubs managed just two more singles the rest of the night. The Cubs bullpen continued its struggles as the game went on. Carl Edwards Jr. started the eighth inning. He managed to get two outs, but with runners at the corners Joe had seen enough. Steve Cishek entered the game to get the final out of the inning. Cishek did that, but Cishek going back out in the ninth gave up a solo shot to Curtis Granderson. Brandon Kintzler and Brian Duensing combined to allow another pair of runs while recording two outs to end the game earlier than the 27th out.
I'll be fine in the morning but let me wallow tonight.