How it happened: The Brewers jumped on starter Jeff Samardzija, who simply didn’t have it on Sunday. Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run on Samardzija's third pitch of the game and things went downhill from there. Samardzija gave up an RBI single to pitcher Kyle Lohse in the second inning before the wheels came completely off in the third. Three hits, two walks, and a hit batter later, Samardzija had given up five more runs, including another RBI single by Lohse. Things would have been worse if not for a great play by Darwin Barney on a line-shot, one-hopper, which he turned into a double play off the bat of Khris Davis. Either way, Samardzija was done after three innings and eight earned runs. The Cubs offense did almost nothing off Lohse as he held them to three hits -- one from reliever Brian Schlitter -- getting the complete-game shutout using just 93 pitches. He dominated.
What it means: The Cubs have not won a road series in their last 14 tries, dating back to last season, and when their ace is off his game they have little hope of winning home or away. Samardzija will want to throw this one out as his stuff was nothing near what it normally is. His ERA rose to 2.54 after the shortest stint of his career. The five-run third inning was his worst since early August of last season. A completely uncharacteristic afternoon for the right-hander.
Rizzo booted: Anthony Rizzo was kicked out of the game by home plate umpire Jerry Meals after arguing a called third strike in the top of the fourth inning.
Valbuena hurting: Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena hasn’t played the last couple of days as he’s nursing an “abdominal” ailment, according to manager Rick Renteria, who said it’s not serious.
What’s next: The Cubs return to Chicago to start a week-long homestand. The New York Mets visit after a day off on Monday. Game 1 on Tuesday night features Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31)