How it happened: The Brewers batted around in the first inning, plating five runs as Ryan Braun hit Travis Wood's third pitch of the night into the right-field stands for a 2-0 lead. Khris Davis, Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado also had RBIs in the first as Wood was hit hard in his short outing. He gave up one run in the second and one more in the third before being pulled after 2.2 innings and 10 hits. Emilio Bonifacio singled home the first Cubs run in 22 innings in the third inning and Junior Lake followed with an RBI groundout. Milwaukee added four in the fifth inning off reliever Carlos Villanueva as Weeks, pitcher Marco Estrada, Jean Segura and Braun all drove in runs. Nate Schierholtz hit his second home run of the season in the sixth for the Cubs, but it had little impact on the final outcome. Starlin Castro and John Baker drove in runs in the ninth to complete the scoring.
What it means: It’s time to worry about Wood. He’s not the same pitcher he was last season, when he went to the All-Star Game. The Brewers hammered ball after ball to right field off Wood, who didn't hit his spots and wasn’t fooling anyone. And he never really settled down. Wood has had a few games like this already this season, as he’s giving up well over a hit per inning. He had given up just five hits over his previous two starts, but that all changed Friday. The left-hander's ERA is 5.15 on the season.
Rizzo/Castro sitting: Before the game, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he’s been wanting to get first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Castro a day off considering their workload through the first two months of the season. Rizzo sat Friday against Estrada, against whom he’s 1-for-21 lifetime. Castro could sit Sunday, which would give him consecutive days off since the Cubs don’t play Monday.
Ramirez closing: While reliever Hector Rondon is on paternity leave the next few days, Renteria indicated that Neil Ramirez would close games if necessary. Ramirez has a 0.77 ERA with five holds since being called up from the minors in late April.