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Rapid Reaction: Brewers 7, Cubs 0

9/19/2013

MILWAUKEE -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

How it happened: Chris Rusin gave up five runs in the opening inning as the Brewers locked up the win early. Sean Halton hit a two-out, 3-2 pitch for an opposite-field grand slam, providing the big blow after an Aramis Ramirez single drove in Milwaukee's first run. Rusin also gave up a solo shot to Khris Davis in the fourth. Alberto Cabrera struggled through his one inning of work but only gave up one run, while Tyler Thornburg cruised through Chicago's lineup. The Milwaukee starter went six innings, giving up two hits and two walks; no Cub reached second against him.

What it means: The Cubs’ offense has gone into hibernation against a mediocre pitching staff. Anthony Rizzo was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is 5-for-37 on the current road trip. Darwin Barney's batting average has dropped below .210 and Nate Schierholtz has been very quiet as well, despite two hits on Wednesday. Between dugout arguments, poor starting pitching, miscues in the field and a stagnant offense -- all against a fourth-place team -- it’s been a brutal few days for the Cubs in Milwaukee. Chicago will look to avoid a second series sweep here this season on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs have scored four runs total in the first three games.

Outside the box: Infielder Donnie Murphy is nursing a sore wrist suffered on Tuesday. … The Cubs had front-office and coaches meetings in Milwaukee to evaluate players. Coaches’ evaluations will come after the season.

What’s next: The finale of the four-game series takes place on Thursday afternoon at 1:10 CT when Jake Arrieta takes on Kyle Lohse.