In their quest for the NL Central title, the Brewers have once again hit a rough patch. On Tuesday night, the Brewers lost to the lowly Cubs by a score of 3-0. Last night, the Brew Crew lost again to the Cubbies in a game that was close near the end.
Kyle Lohse started the game for the Brewers. On paper, Lohse could be characterized as Milwaukee's ace. But, he didn't pitch like an ace last night. In the first inning, Lohse allowed two earned runs on an Anthony Rizzo sac fly and a Starlin Castro single. And, Rizzo and rookie Javier Baez belted back-to-back solo homers off of Lohse in third inning. Lohse left the game after suffering an apparent ankle injury when he was batting. In the dugout, he showed his frustration and took out his anger on a Gatorade tub.
Once again, the Cubs received a boost from their starting pitching. Tsuyoshi Wada pitched six scoreless innings going into the 7th. Both Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit solo shots off of Wada in the top of the 7th. Still, the Cubs held on for the win and prevented the Brewers from extending their lead in the Central. Milwaukee now lead the Pirates by a game and a half.
Today, Michael Fiers (1-1, 1.80 ERA) is pitching for the Brew Crew. Fiers is coming off a stellar start on Saturday against the Dodgers. He pitched through 8 innings, allowing only 3 hits and one earned run. He'll find himself starting games more often due to Matt Garza's injury.
For the Cubs, Edwin Jackson (6-12, 5.61 ERA) will take the mound. Jackson is coming off an ok start against the Rays on Saturday. He lasted 6 full innings and allowed 3 earned runs. The Brewers offense hopes to heat up again. And, Jackson is the Cubs worst starter. So, they'll rough him up a bit.