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Rapid Reaction: Brewers 3, Cubs 1

8/12/2014

 

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Monday night. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: Khris Davis drove home the eventual winning run with a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning; Yovani Gallardo shut down the Cubs from the mound. Mark Reynolds hit a long home run to left field to put the Brewers up 1-0 in the second inning. The Cubs tied it after Chris Coghlan doubled to left to plate Justin Ruggiano in the fifth. It was the first hit by a left-hander on a night when right-hander Gallardo was tougher on them than the righties. The Brewers added an insurance run in the ninth on a Scooter Gennett single. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta retired 13 in a row after the Reynolds home run, but three hits in the seventh put the Brewers back in front for good. Arrieta lasted 7⅓ innings, giving up just five hits while walking his final batter of the night. His ERA is 2.77.

What it means: The Cubs' offense is getting a lesson this homestand, as this isn’t the Colorado Rockies pitching to them. Gallardo gave up a few hits but no walks; that’s been the norm for the Cubs lately. The strike zone is getting pounded so free passes are rare -- Chicago has earned two walks over the past four games. Meanwhile, the Cubs aren’t stringing enough hits together or making enough contact to force opposing pitchers to nibble more. They’ve scored seven runs in four games since returning from their last road trip -- and have struck out 53 times.

Doubront to Triple-A: Recently acquired lefty Felix Doubront is scheduled to make a rehab start at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night. Doubront is on the disabled list with a calf strain.

What’s next: Game 2 of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday when Kyle Hendricks (3-1, 2.10 ERA) takes on Wily Peralta (14-6, 3.42).