The Chicago Cubs were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon, losing 8-5 in the third and final game of the series.
Brewers starter Adrian Houser worked a quick first. Ben Zobrist led off with a ground out, Kyle Schwarber struck out looking, and Nick Castellanos flew out to left.
The Brewers had a bit more luck against Cubs starter Jon Lester in their half of the inning. Lorenzo Cain led off with a single, followed by back-to-back walks to Yasmani Grandal and Christian Yelich. Ryan Braun then grounded into a double play and scored Cain to put them ahead 1-0.
The third inning was nothing short of bizarre. Addison Russell was hit by a pitch; the ball appeared to hit him in the head/helmet. After several minutes of delay in which the medical staff evaluated him and he was bleeding from the nose, he stayed in the game. He then stole second base and scored on a throwing error from Yelich. David Bote singled and Lester hit an RBI double to put the Cubs in the lead at 2-1. They added one more run on a single from Zobrist and the inning ended with the score at 3-1.
Russell exited the game in the bottom of the third, with Bote taking over at shortstop and Ian Happ entering the game at third base. Lester worked a 1-2-3, with a strikeout from Houser, and ground out to short from Cain, and a called strikeout from Grandal.
The Brewers offense successfully pulled ahead 6-3 in the fourth inning. Yelich led off with a single, followed by an RBI double from Braun. Eric Thames struck out, but Hernán Pérez singled to tie it. Cory Spangenberg grounded into a forceout with Pérez out at second. The three further runs were gained after a walk to pinch-hitting David Freitas and a pinch-hit home run from Tyler Austin.
Brent Suter relieved Houser in the fifth inning and got a leadoff strikeout from Zobrist. Schwarber grounded out to shortstop, and Rizzo flew out to right after a single from Castellanos to end the inning.
Thames led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to center field to increase the Brewers’ lead to 7-3. Pérez popped out to second, but Spangenberg followed with a triple to right field. The Cubs then called on Duane Underwood to take over for Lester. Lester went 5.1 innings with seven hits, eight runs (all earned), three walks, and seven strikeouts. Underwood gave up a single to pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor and the inning ended with the Brewers winning 8-3.
Jay Jackson took over pitching for the Brewers in the seventh and faced Bote at leadoff, who struck out swinging. Jackson was then replaced by Drew Pomeranz. He faced pinch-hitter Tony Kemp, who grounded out to first. Zobrist then flew out to center for out three.
Danny Hultzen made his debut with the big league Cubs in the bottom of the seventh. After hitting Yelich with a pitch and giving up a single to Ben Gamel, he got strikeouts from Thames, Pérez, and Spangenberg.
The Brewers sent Alex Claudio to the mound for the eighth and he got ground outs from Schwarber and Castellanos, followed by a fly out to left from Rizzo.
Pedro Strop pitched for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth and gave up a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Trent Grisham. Travis Shaw struck out looking, and Cain grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Cubs faced Jimmy Nelson on the mound for the ninth inning. He walked Willson Contreras, and Jason Heyward then homered to put the Cubs within three at 8-5. After a strikeout from Happ, pinch-hitter Victor Caratini singled to left. Josh Hader was then called in to replace Nelson on the mound, and he struck out pinch-hitter Robel García swinging and Zobrist looking to end the game.