As if Brewers fans thought the bats were quiet on Friday on Opening Day, Sunday proved to be much, much worse.
Throwing a complete game on Friday, Kyle Hendricks caused the Brewers to go a combined 0-for-27 total at bats, losing 3-0. Orlando Arcia was the only one that night to have three-for-three. However, the Brewers offense lit up on Saturday, bringing an 8-3 win for the crew.
Fans were confident that the Brewers were going to take the series and bring home a W on Sunday as they faced the Cubs one more time before heading to Pittsburgh on Monday to face the Pirates. That, unfortunately wasn’t the case.
Cubs’ pitcher Tyler Chatwood held on strong as he faced the crew, only allowing three hits while striking out eight over the six innings he was on the mound. A vast difference to Brewers’ starter Freddy Peralta who allowed four runs on three hits, drew two walks, and only struck out three in three innings before the call to the pen was made and Corey Knebel came up for Milwaukee.
The damage was done in the fourth inning. It seemed like that inning was going to last forever, seeing as though the Cubs just couldn’t stop hitting and couldn’t stop scoring. Kyle Schwarber was walked and then scored on Wilson Contreras’ double to right field. Knebel gave up back-to-back RBI singles to both Nico Hoerner and Victor Caratini to bring the Cubs score up to four.
It wasn’t done there, however. Ian Happ would allow the inning to keep going as he would have another run-scoring single before Knebel would finally get the first out of the inning and struck out Kris Bryant. Counsell then decided that it was time to bring out another reliever, Eric Lauer who had just been cleared to play. The lefty got two strikeouts to finally end the forever lasting fourth inning.
The offense had seemed to shine a little once the fifth inning when Ben Gamel would break Chatwood’s no hitter. Orlando Arcia helped bring in the Brewers’ only run with a base hit and the offense just kind of went downhill from there when Eric Sogard launched one right into the glove of Javy Baez.
The Brewers then brought Justin Grimm and Bobby Wahl to the mound, and it just got messier and messier as the game progressed. Chicago was ahead 6-1 in the eighth inning and Grimm gave up a two-run homerun to Happ and a bomb to Anthony Rizzo to bring the score up to 9. Jeremy Jeffress, a former Brewer was brought on the mound and didn’t get allow a single hit, bringing the game to a close and giving the Cubs the 9-1 win and overall series win.
The crew travels to Pittsburgh to play a three-game series, with an off day on Thursday before they play their home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. You can watch the game Monday on Fox Sports Wisconsin at 6:05 CST and listen on 620 WTMJ radio.