José Quintana had dominated the Milwaukee Brewers. Quintana was also one of the few bright spots in the Texas series, but the Cubs tailspin continued in full force as Q had no fastball command. The bullpen was terrible, and the offense showed up late and a little bit short.
The Brewers win was their sixth straight. The Cubs loss was their sixth straight. The 1-6 start for the Cubs is their worst since 1983. The Cubs have started 1-6 or worse only 9 times. The Cubs managed a winning record just once after such a start and they finished second in that campaign.
It is early. This is a team that is capable of putting a run together. There are enough arms that can get hot, but the margins are getting smaller by the day for this team to turn it around.
The mood of the evening was set early. The first four Brewers reached base and the Cubs were down 2-0 before the first recorded out. The double play gave Quintana a chance to settle in, but Quintana loaded the bases with one out. He loaded the bases by walking his counterpart Brandon Woodruff and Lorenzo Cain. A Ryan Braun blast gave the Brewers a 6-0 lead and the Cubs never managed to bring the tying run to the plate again.
The Brewers made it 8-0 with back to back blasts from Hernán Pérez and Yasmani Grandal in the third inning. Quintana would be lifted after just three innings. The Cubs offense continued to do its thing. Brandon Woodruff was roughed up in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber pulled a ball through the shift and Willson Contreras was drilled with a two seam fastball running in. Daniel "Who needs Bryce Harper" Descalso launched a no doubter to get the Cubs on the board. Jason Heyward drew a walk, but the Cubs were close to leaving him planted at first base after back to back strike outs. Kris Bryant hit a gapper that Heyward scored on without a throw to cut the Brewers lead in half. Woodruff struck out Anthony Rizzo looking to end the fourth.
Brad Brach was the first Cubs reliever and he worked around a two out walk for a scoreless frame. Chase Anderson was the next Brewers pitcher, and the Cubs moved within three after a Willson Contreras home run. Daniel Descalso struck out to end the inning.
Brad Brach retired the first batter of the fifth inning, but Grandal singled which was the end of Brach's outing. Carl Edward Jr. was the choice and it worked as well as it has so far this season as Orlando Arcia blasted a two run shot to make it 10-5. Edwards retired the next two batters, but the runs hurt as Chase Anderson retired the next six Cubs batters he faced.
Brandon Kintzler pitched the seventh and allowed the Brewers to add a field goal. Those runs would prove pivotal as the Cubs offense provided another later rally. Jason Heyward hit a two run home run against Matt Albers in the eighth inning. The Cubs bats came to life in the ninth inning down big for the second night in a row. The first three Cubs reached, and all three would score. Unfortunately the next three Cubs batters grounded out to end the threat and the Cubs night.
We are fully in it.