The Cubs were coming off of their first series sweep of the season and first series win since the opening series against the Pirates. They won by scores of 3-1, 16-4, and 4-3 against the Mets, capped off with a Jason Heyward walk-off single.
Fresh off sweeping the Mets, the Cubs bats stayed hot in game one against the Brewers. Brett Anderson left the game in the first inning with a hamstring injury after only retiring one batter and allowing three straight hits. The offense didn’t stop there, as they went on to score six runs in the first inning and followed that with four more in the second inning. All eight starting position players recorded at least one hit. The offensive explosion was highlighted by Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez hitting back-to-back home runs in the second inning.
Five Cubs hitters had multi-hit games, including Kris Bryant, Baez, and Nico Hoerner each having three-hit games. The Cubs totaled 15 runs and 17 hits, 10 of which went for extra bases.
It was also nice to see Kyle Hendricks get back to form, as the Cubs’ Ace went 6.0 innings and only gave up two runs.
Saturday’s contest unfortunately got away from the Cubs. After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on a Nico Hoerner two-RBI double, it felt like the Cubs would continue their offensive outburst. Instead, the Cubs’ bats fell silent until an 8th inning Jason Heyward solo home run.
Adbert Alzolay started Saturday, and after allowing the first two Milwaukee batters of the game to reach, Alzolay settled in and cruised in the early going. He totaled 4.2 innings, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB and 7 K. The stat line doesn’t show much, but Alzolay in innings 1-4 was dominant.
He cruised into the 5th inning until he ran into trouble. The young starter allowed a lead-off double to Keston Huira. After getting the next two batters out, he walked Corey Ray to end his day. I think he was taken out too early, but Ross opted to bring in Rex Brothers, whom walked his first batter to load the bases. Brothers walked the next batter to score a run and hit the next batter to tie the game for the Brewers.
This is back-to-back starts for Alzolay that were ruined by an early exit and the bullpen allowing his runs to score. Alzolay pitched well, but I will not call this a good start because he failed to finish five innings.
The dagger came in the top of the 7th when Manny Pina took Andrew Chafin deep to left center field, giving the Brewers the lead and that would be all the Brewers needed as they went on to win 4-3.
Jake Arrieta struggled to start the game on Sunday. In the 1st inning, Arrieta allowed a lead-off double, followed by a single, and back-to-back walks to score the first run of the game before recording an out.
Arrieta was able to work out of the jam without allowing any more damage and then went on to retire 15 hitters in a row. Sunday turned out to be an outstanding start for Arrieta. After throwing 28 pitches in the first inning, he finished the day throwing 73 pitches in the last five innings. He ended his day striking out the side after allowing the Brewers to get runners on 2nd and 3rd.
The offense’s best chance of the day was in the 4th inning, when Ian Happ lead off the inning with a walk, and David Bote followed with a single for the Cubs’ first hit of the game. However, a Rizzo strikeout and a Bryant “strike ’em out, throw ’em out” scenario ended the best threat of the game for the Cubs.
On a bad hitters day, the Cubs hitters couldn’t get anything going against Brandon Woodruff and company, and the game would later get out of reach when Jason Adam allowed five runs in the top of the 9th.
After a series sweep of the Mets and an offensive outburst, the Cubs offense turtled back into their shell. Hopefully they can come back out where the weather is a little warmer in Atlanta.
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