Brewers 9, Cubs 1: no defense for Cubs, bombed by Brewers again

MILWAUKEE — How tough was the primary inning of the Cubs’ 9-1 loss to the Brewers on Saturday?

Three Cubs up, three Cubs down swinging — whiff, whiff, whiff — in opposition to spectacular lefty Eric Lauer within the prime of the body. And that was the encouraging half.

In a painful backside of the body, third baseman Patrick Knowledge performed leadoff man Andrew McCutchen’s grounder into an error. With one out, middle fielder Michael Hermosillo booted a Christian Yelich base hit, permitting runners to maneuver as much as second and third on one other error. Hunter Renfroe adopted with an RBI squibber alongside the first-base line that Cubs starter Justin Steele was unable to wrangle, extra dangerous luck than something.

After a Keston Hiura single made it 2-0, Steele thought he was out of the inning with a double-play ball. However a prolonged overview — which didn’t seem to begin till after the Cubs had been utterly off the sector — decided that Lorenzo Cain had crushed the throw to first. Again out of the dugout and on the mound, Steele gave up an RBI single to Rowdy Tellez.

“It was form of humorous, wasn’t it?” Steele (1-3) stated. “It’s simply baseball. You’re gonna have them sorts of days.”

These Cubs? Towards these Brewers? That was the ballgame proper there.

Lauer (2-0) was particular, putting out 11 Cubs over seven dominant innings. And the first-place Brewers (15-7) — who’ve outscored the Cubs 20-2 by two video games of this sequence — seem like they could possibly be a particular squad.

The Cubs (8-13) have misplaced 9 of their final 11.

Plug and play

For under the second time in 21 video games this season, proper fielder Seiya Suzuki was within the cleanup spot. For these scoring at house — come on, you already know you’re doing it — Suzuki has hit second 9 occasions, fifth six occasions, sixth thrice, fourth twice and seventh as soon as.

Supervisor David Ross’ needs Suzuki to bat with some site visitors on the bases, nevertheless it didn’t actually work out on this one. He led off the second, flew out with two on and two out within the third, grounded into an inning-ending double play within the sixth and walked with a person on within the ninth.

Twenty-six picks

So, which Cubs gamers will likely be instantly affected as groups trim their rosters from 28 to 26 on Monday?

“I’m not going to inform you, however you already know that,” Ross stated. “What, inform you and never the gamers?”

The Cubs made a few minor strikes forward of that on Saturday, recalling left-hander Locke St. John from Triple-A Iowa and optioning righty Mark Leiter Jr. to Iowa. St. John’s earlier big-league expertise got here in 2019 with the Rangers, for whom he made seven aid appearances.

This and that

Sooner or later, veteran pitchers Wade Miley and Alec Mills and shortstop Andrelton Simmons may all be on the Cubs’ 26-man roster. It will get tougher to image on a regular basis, although, particularly with Simmons lingering in Arizona with a shoulder that simply gained’t get proper.

Simmons did take reside batting observe Saturday, with a number of extra days of that within the plans. Miley is with the workforce and slated for a bullpen session on Sunday, doubtlessly with a rehab begin after that. Mills — a Friday rehab begin at Iowa having been scuttled due to tightness in his proper quadriceps — is on maintain.

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