Cold Brew - Brewers 2, Cubs 0

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Saturday was just one of those games for the Cubs. Tons of hard contact against the Brewers, but pretty much every ball found a glove. The result was a shutout loss for the home team.

Milwaukee would get all the runs they needed against Cole Hamels in the top of the 1st inning. Ben Gamel doubled to lead off and Christian Yelich walked with one out. Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases and Manny Piña singled to score Gamel and Yelich.

The Cubs got back to back singles from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the inning, but Zach Davies got Javy Báez to fly out to end the threat. Hamels cruised through the next five innings to keep the score at 2-0.

Davies struggled but the Cubs well hit balls found gloves, his day ended in the 5th. Chicago’s big chance came in the bottom of the 6th. Drew Pomeranz allowed singles to Rizzo and Báez with one down. Victor Caratini walked after Kyle Schwarber took a wide called strike three.

Junior Guerra came on to face Addison Russell, who weakly grounded back to the pitcher to end the threat. Guerra handled the 7th and got the first out in the 8th before Craig Counsell tapped closer Josh Hader. Hader got the last five outs to secure the victory.


Source: FanGraphs

Hurt Hamels

Cole was very good after the shaky opening inning: 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 7 K, and 3 BB. There was one big concern, however, as his fastball velocity was sitting at 90 miles an hour. Well below 93-94 he’s been most of 2019, not entirely sure he is 100% after his oblique injury.

Rizzo’s Back

Tony showed no signs of rust after missing eight games with his stiff back. He had two singles in four at bats and seemed fully able to handle his duties at first. That will be big going down the stretch.

Random Reference

It seemed like nothing worked out right for the Cubs Saturday. By the end it felt like all that was left to happen was this.

Filed under: Game Recap

Tags: Anthony Rizzo, cole hamels

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  • Don't tease me.

  • This seems notwithstanding that Matt Spiegel said everyone from Milwaukee was injured. I guess Yellich and Grandal weren't.

    Aside from Hamels's speed being down, it was also reported that Lester has to deal with that, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Been a long time, jack.

    OK. I don't know what any of that means, except that I don't get my baseball knowledge off of talk radio.

  • No big surprise, but Zobrist was at Wrigley today. He was doing some drills after the game. Iowa is in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, so we don't want to scavenge their roster too bad, but don't be fooled. The goal of any organization is success at the top level. Sorry, Iowa.

    I expect 6-7 additions tomorrow. Zo, of course, and Mills (who I think is already here but not active), Almora, Garcia, maybe Descalso and possibly Rae. 40-man moves due by midnight ET tonight to be postseason eligible.

    We will be postseason eligible, as NL Central champs.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Any guess how the 40 man moves to get Zobrist active?

  • In reply to stix:

    Zagunis DFA to make room for Zobrist.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    It was reported Descalso was already at Wrigley on Saturday.

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    Cards score 2 in the ninth to win the nightcap. Reds can’t even get one freaking out.

    Tomorrow feels like a must win.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    The six games vs the Cardinals in September should be interesting.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    7 games. 7 of the last 10 games of the regular season are head-to-head. 4 at Wrigley and the last three in St. Louis. Here's the NL Central crown, let's play each other for it.

  • Iglesias blown save and loss in the 9th. Cards sweep.

  • As mentioned above, StL swept DH over CIN. PHI lost to NYM again. The division Magic Number remains the same, the playoff one is reduced.

    Division: 31
    Playoff (WC): 25

    Both ARZ and PHI are both 3.5 games back in the WC, but PHI is technically still the closest pursuer by virtue of more remaining games.

  • Ohhhhh my bad mood just got worse...after waking up and checking that damn Cardinal score....

    As Thommy would day “unbelievable......un be LIEV able”! Wth Cincinnati????

    The name of the game is hit the ball, catch the ball and win the fuggin game! You don’t get shutout by a pocket protector!

    Print it! We need a W!!!!!

  • The Cardinals are acting like the Brewers did last year. They are on a roll. If they don't start losing a game or two, the Cubs will have to beat them heads up between the lines or go home. Is the Cub team up to the challenge? I don't think the Cardinals are going to help us any more than the Brewers did last year.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    We will have to beat them heads-up, and we will have the opportunity to do so. I wish the scheduling was reversed and the last series was at home, but I also remember how satisfying it was to clinch and dog-pile on the DirtyBird's infield in front of TBFIB.

    Captain Obvious here, but this ain't supposed to be easy. There are 29 other franchises trying to do what we've done, though admittedly at various stages of "trying" and mostly without our resources. We ride the highs and lows throughout the season, that's what fans do, but none of that really matters as long as you stay in the race. Put yourself in a position to win, play good ball when it counts, and see how far you can go. I like our chances, but we're not there yet.

    We have conversations in June about which SP will be banished to the BP for the playoffs. None of that matters in June. We have conversations in July about how in the world we could we beat LA in a seven-game series. None of that matters in July. We have conversations in August about holes in the roster and how this current group of players doesn't stand a chance. Some of that matters in August, and I think we did a fine job addressing some of those holes on the cheap. We will have conversations in September about whether or not we make the playoffs and how strong we are going in. That's all that matters in September, and really for the whole year with a perennial contender.

    The DirtyBirds are hot, I can't deny that. The Brewers were last year, hats off to them, but I don't think St. Louis maintains this pace. FWIW, they face a slightly tougher schedule than we do, and are mired in an agonizing marathon of games that we went through last season. I feel for them (I really don't). But getting back to my original point, this ain't supposed to be easy. We will play them, head-to-head, for the division crown. As much as I would like to breeze to an NL Central crown and rest guys for the postseason, this is the way it ought to be.

    Go Cubs, and go TC!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Cards next 13 games I believe are against teams below .500. Even if their schedule is slightly tougher than the cubs, they might just run away before the cubs series.

  • In reply to stix:

    I'm a "let's take care of our business" guy, but their schedule is tougher. We both play Milwaukee, but we play Pittsburgh and Cincy while they have Washington and Arizona.

  • The Cubs just announced seven additions to the big-league roster: Descalso, Almora, Taylor Davis, Robel García, Alec Mills, Duane Underwood and Brad Wieck.

    Iowa is off today and starts the postseason on Monday. Willson says he is 100% physically but still needs a few games to get his timing back, offensively and defensively. I expect him to play a few games and then swap out with Davis. Probably about a week.

    Iowa has MI depth, but I'm curious to see if Nico is added for the postseason run. He's on a tear of 5 straight multi-hit games and I think 28 straight on base, and this would help make up some of the time he lost to injury earlier this season.

    Rea and Alzolay stay for now, they would only be depth up here and will lead the I-Cubs starting squad, but both could be up afterwards. I'm sure on Alzolay, not so sure on Rae.

    More news breaking: Chatwood to start today, Darvish with some elbow discomfort. Ugh! I gotta go and check this out.

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