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.
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.
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.
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.