Tuesday brought another loss against the Brewers. The Cubs managed only five hits, had three errors, and walked eight (four of those walks went to Lorenzo Cain). It was ugly.
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery had a strong first, walking leadoff man Cain but following with a double play from Christian Yelich. The third out was recoded on a Jesus Aguilar strikeout.
The Cubs struck first with David Bote scoring on a fielding error by Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia in the second to put the Cubs ahead 1-0. The Brewers responded in their half of the second with Ryan Braun scoring on a wild pitch from Cubs starter Mike Montgomery with Wade Miley batting. The inning ended tied at 1-1.
The Brewers added on in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Hernan Perez scored on a sacrifice fly from Erik Kratz in the fourth, Cain scored on a sac fly from Aguilar in the fifth, and Travis Shaw scored on a single from Domingo Santana. Arcia then scored on a passed ball from Willson Contreras, advancing Santana to second. Santana then came in to score with Montgomery hitting Aguilar with a pitch. The inning ended with the Brewers ahead 6-1.
Anthony Rizzo left the game in the sixth inning with a right foot contusion after fouling a ball off of his foot in the third. Victor Caratini replaced him at first.
Brewers starter Wade Miley was lights out against the Cubs tonight. He went six innings with three hits, one earned run, on walks, and five strikeouts. Conversely, Montgomery lasted four innings for the Cubs, with two hits, two runs (one earned), three walks, and five strikeouts.
The Cubs bullpen was not sharp. Brandon Kintzler, Jorge De La Rosa, Dillon Maples, Brian Duensing, and James Norwood entered the game in that order, each lasting no more than 1.1 innings (Duensing had the longest outing at 1.1). A combined total of six hits and seven runs given up by the ‘pen.
It was all Brewers the rest of the night. Two more runs were added on from a sac fly by Jonathan Schoop and a double from Yelich to bring the score to 9-1.
Addison Russell led off the eighth inning with a single, followed by a groundout from Albert Almora Jr and a swinging strikeout from Tommy La Stella. Terrance Gore got his first at bat with the Cubs and struck out looking to end the inning.
Taylor Davis entered the game in the eighth to catch in place of Contreras, La Stella remained in the game at second, and Ian Happ replaced Kris Bryant in right field.
Could it get worse? Yes. Shaw walked to put the first man on, and Arcia hit a ground rule double to left. Schoop then singled with two outs, scoring Shaw and Arcia and bringing the damage to 11-1. Eric Thames pinch hit and struck out swinging for the final out.
Ian Happ led off the ninth with a double on the first pitch against new reliever Matt Albers. Bote then walked after a nine pitch battle. Norwood bounced into a 6-4-3 double play and the Cubs were down to their final out. Davis recorded the final out after Schoop scooped up a defensive gem and nabbed him at first.