Ivy's Roundup: Sweeping Away a Round Of Brews

Ivy's Roundup: Sweeping Away a Round Of Brews

Nothing beats a round of Miller Lite, unless of course you are sweeping the team they sponsor.

9/01: W

Cubs 4, Brewers 2

W: Turner (5-8) L: Nelson (2-6) SV: Rondon (23)

 

For the first time since April 4th. the Brewers found themselves out of first place in the National League Central. A 4-2 loss to the Cubs on Monday to open a three-game series at Wrigley Field coupled with the Cardinals’ 5-4 win over the Pirates gave the Cards sole possession of first. Milwaukee led off the game with a pair of singles, and Scooter Gennett moved to third base after Ryan Braun grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. But former Cub Aramis Ramirez struck out to end the inning, and Cubs’ starter Jacob Turner was able to finish the inning without giving up a run. The only run off the right-hander came with one out in the seventh when Khris Davis homered. He finished with a line of one run on five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. As far as offense, Welington Castillo knocked an RBI single and a two-run home run and Jorge Soler doubled twice and scored in his Wrigley debut. Castillo connected in the fourth off Jimmy Nelson, driving in Starlin Castro, who had doubled. Valbuena also added his 16th. homer of the season and fourth in his last seven games. Monday was a game that a few people won’t forget, some of them are the Jackie Robinson West Little League team who was celebrated at Wrigley Field for their outstanding run and for winning the U.S. Championship. It was great to see the joy on their face as they stepped onto the field and hopefully, that’s not the last time they do that.

 

9/02: W

Cubs 7, Brewers 1

W: Arrieta (8-5) L: Gallardo (8-8)

 

The Brewers’ struggles continued as they were unable to overcome costly errors. Everything that could go wrong for the Brewers did on Tuesday, and it began with an early 4-0 Cubs lead in the first inning. Two errors by Elian Herrera and a missed ball by Khris Davis in the fifth led to five Cubs runs. The Cubs spread their seven runs over two innings, the first and fifth. Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo allowed seven runs, five earned on eight hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Jake Arrieta earned another win on another stellar outing. Arrieta allowed one earned run, five hits, and two walks with four strikeouts. His last strikeout came against Parra to end the sixth with Ramirez on third and Davis on second. The Cubs did have some bad news but it could be worse. Javier Baez walked with one out in the first against Yovani Gallardo, and Castro singled. Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler each followed with RBI singles, and the latter hit allowed Starlin Castro to score but it came at a high price as Castro slid awkwardly into home plate and had to leave the game with a left ankle sprain. Thankfully, tests ruled out a fracture but the prognosis is for Starlin Castro to miss four weeks to recover from the high ankle sprain. Castro is one of the hardest working players and has played in 134 of the Cubs’ 141 games, and only missed extended time when he went on the bereavement list yet he gets so much grief. Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to break the game open and hand the Brewers their seventh straight loss.

 

9/03: W

Cubs 6, Brewers 2

W: Hendricks (6-1) L: Garza (7-8)

 

Rookie Kyle Hendricks was named the National League Rookie of the Month after an unbeaten August and he started September the same exact way. He had a 1.69 ERA and 4-0 record in six starts in August and Wednesday, he scattered nine hits over 5 2/3 innings giving up only two runs. Jorge Soler drove in two runs, and Chris Valaika hit a two-run home run to lead the Cubs to the 6-2 win Wednesday night over the struggling Brewers, who lost their eighth straight game. It was the Cubs’ sixth straight home win, and first three-game home series sweep against the Brewers since Aug. 23-25, 2004. The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Logan Schafer‘s RBI single, but that lead didn’t last long. Logan Watkins singled with two outs in the Cubs’ second, and scored on Valaika’s home run. The Cubs then batted around in the third against Matt Garza and by the time the inning ended, the Cubs had made it 6-1. Garza was making his first start since coming off the disabled list and threw 61 pitches over three innings giving up six runs on eight hits and taking the loss against his former team.

 

After a day off today, the Cubs begin a three-game series against the Pirates. Here are the upcoming games and probable pitchers:

 

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs

 

Friday, September 5, 1:20 PM CDT, Wrigley Field

Vance Worley, RHP vs. Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP

 

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs

 

Saturday, September 6, 3:05 PM CDT, Wrigley Field

Francisco Liriano, LHP vs. Felix Doubront, LHP

 

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs

 

Saturday, September 7, 1:20 PM CDT, Wrigley Field

Gerrit Cole, RHP vs. Travis Wood, LHP

 

Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!

 

-Ivy

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