MILWAUKEE, WI –
The Cubs looked to bounce back Saturday versus the Brewers, after losing the first game of the series on Friday night. Kyle Hendricks got the start for the Cubs, his first of the year. Southpaw Tommy Milone was given the starting nod for the Brewers, looking to keep the Cubs contained for consecutive wins.
Jonathan Villar got things started early for the Brew crew with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first. Not exactly the way Hendricks envisioned his first start, probably. Former Red Sox, Travis Shaw, continued the early scoring by doubling to deep center, scoring Eric Thames.
In the third, the Cubs bats came to life. After an infield single by Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber doubled to center, continuing his stellar start to the year. Kris Bryant put the Cubs on the score board with another double, making the score 2-2. Ben Zobrist was able to leg out an infield single, allowing Bryant to score, making the score 3-2 Cubs. Hendricks seemed to settle down after giving up a couple early runs. We’ll call those early runs mulligans for the sake of Hendricks’ ERA.
Bryant stayed hot in the top of the fourth by singling to center, scoring Hendricks. Yes, Cubs pitchers can hit. In the bottom half of the fourth, the Brewers struck back with a two-run home run by Nick Franklin, evening the game up at 4-4.
The top of the fifth featured Hendricks getting another hit and picking up his first RBI on the year. Almora Jr. then reached on an infield hit, scoring second baseman Javy Baez. RBI infield singles aren’t usually a staple of the Cubs, but they’ll take runs anyway possible, just ask Joe Maddon.
Almora Jr. picked up another RBI in the seventh, scoring Baez, making the score 7-4. Pedro Strop took over for Hendricks in the bottom half of the seventh; his final stat line is as follows: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4R/4ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
In the eighth, Willson Contreras doubled to center with the bases loaded, scoring Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist. Immediately after, Baez singled to center, clearing the bases making the score 11-4.
In the ninth, Jett Bandy homered but the runs seemed arbitrary at that point, but the homer made the score 11-6.
Kris Bryant: 3-6, 2 1B, 2B, R
Addison Russell: 3-4, 2 R, BB
Javy Baez: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Jonathan Villar: 2-4, 2R HR, R
After last night’s ugly loss, the Cubs seemed destined to bounce back against the Brewers and even the series up. Kyle Hendricks had a rough first inning but settled in afterward, only allowing two more runs. The Cubs offense came to life and put up a season high 11 runs.
Today was a good day for the Cubs; they did a little bit of everything. They showed their scrappy side with a few infield single RBIs and played small ball for most of the night. So, fortunately, no bad here.
The Cubs will be back in action tomorrow for the rubber match of their series versus the Brewers. The pitching match up looks a little like this: Jake Arrieta (1-0) vs. Zach Davies (0-1)
First Pitch: 1:10 PM (CT)
Radio: 670 The Score