Cubs starter Cole Hamels had a decent start on Monday, but the Cubs were not able to get the W in a frustrating loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs got on the board first with Javier Báez scoring from first with some magnificent baserunning on a single from Anthony Rizzo off of Brewers starter Zach Davies. The Brewers answered in the bottom half of the first with a double from Jesús Aguilar. Aguilar crushed the ball to center and thought he had a home run, but the ball hit just at the yellow line bordering the outfield wall, with Ian Happ unable to make the catch. Aguilar was just barely safe at second. The Brewers were not able to bring in a run and the inning ended with the Cubs ahead 1-0.
Hamels gave up a one out walk in the second to Jonathan Schoop, but it didn’t end up hurting the Cubs. Erik Kratz hit a hard lineout to Kris Bryant in right, followed by a groundout by Orlando Arcia to end the inning.
Happ drew a leadoff walk in the third, followed by a pop out to second from Daniel Murphy and a swinging strikeout from Báez. Rizzo singled to left, but he and Happ were stranded on a groundout from Bryant for the third out.
Hamels worked his first 1-2-3 inning in the third with a strikeout from Davies, a lineout from Cain, and another strikeout from Christian Yelich.
The Brewers tied it up 1-1 in the fifth with an RBI single from Cain, scoring Arcia, who had advanced to second with a stolen base that was then changed to an error on Murphy in the seventh inning, and changed again to a balk in the eighth. Cain stole third and was prevented from scoring by another phenomenal grab by Báez, with Yelich at bat. Yelich singled on a grounder to center, scoring Cain. The third out was recorded on a throw from Happ to Russell to nab Yelich at second. The inning ended with the Brewers up 2-1.
Josh Hader replaced Davies in the sixth. Rizzo hit a soft liner to short, followed by a flyout to left from Bryant. Albert Almora, Jr pinch hit for Schwarber and grounded out to third. Almora stayed in defensively at center field and Happ shifted to left.
Hamels’s day was done after six innings, with Ben Zobrist pinch hitting for him in the seventh. He came up with two outs in inning and hit a hard line out to right for the final out.
Randy Rosario took the mound to replace Hamels in the bottom of the seventh and made quick work of the opposition. Zobrist stayed in at right field, moving Bryant to third, Báez to shortstop, and Russell out of the game. Schoop went down on a swinging strikeout for the first out, Kratz flied out to center, and Arcia struck out swinging.
Hamels ended his day with two runs in six innings, with five hits, one walk, five strikeouts, and 95 total pitches.
Happ drew his second leadoff walk to start the eighth and stole second with two outs after strikeouts from Murphy and Báez, his seventh stolen base of the season. Rizzo followed with a 395 foot two-run home run, his 24th of the season, knocking Hader out of the game and bringing the score to 3-2. It was the first home run from a lefthanded hitter off of Hader all season. Corey Knebel replaced Hader and faced Bryant, who flew out to right to end the inning.
Carl Edwards, Jr entered the game in home half of the inning. Curtis Granderson led off with a single, followed by another from Cain. Edwards was able to strike Yelich out swinging on a beautiful curveball for the first out. Aguilar went around on another curveball for the second out. Ryan Braun then walked to load the bases on a questionable ball four, and Mike Moustakas came in to hit for Perez. After another questionable ball call, Joe Maddon was tossed by home plate ump Gabe Morales. The Brewers tied it at 3-3 when Edwards walked Moustakas, bringing in the tying run.
Steve Cishek replaced Edwards to get the final out in the eighth and faced Travis Shaw, in for Schoop. He got out of the inning with a soft groundout from Shaw to first.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched for the Brewers in the ninth. Almora led off and grounded out to short. David Bote entered the game in the eighth to play second and struck out for the second out. Caratini followed with a single to left, and new acquisition Terrance Gore came in to pinch run. He quickly stole second with Zobrist at bat. Unfortunately, the Cubs were not able to capitalize on the steal, with Zobrist flying out to center for the final out.
Willson Contreras came in to catch in place of Caratini in the ninth. Kratz led off with a four pitch walk and Keon Broxton replaced him to pinch run. Arcia then reached after being hit by a pitch in a bunt attempt. Runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball by Contreras. The first out came on a big swinging strikeout from Granderson. The bases were then loaded on another hit by pitch to Cain.
Jesse Chavez replaced Cishek with bases loaded and one out. Yelich ended the game with a walk off single, and although Bryant made a diving stop for one out at third, he threw to first and the Cubs were unable to record the final out. The Brewers won this battle 4-3.