Monday, April 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 7, Cubs 4
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener on Monday:
How it happened: The Brewers took early advantage of the windy day, scoring four times in the first inning after Martin Maldonado doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three runs. They added a run in the second on a Ryan Braun RBI double before Welington Castillo got the Cubs on the board with a two-run home run to centerfield. Milwaukee added two runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Yunieski Betancourt and an RBI double by pitcher Marco Estrada. The Cubs made it interesting in the ninth with RBI singles by Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena but stranded the bases loaded on a flyout by Starlin Castro.
What it means: The Cubs went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, continuing a trend in the early part of the season. Castro tripled and doubled but never scored in the game, highlighting the weakness in the middle of the order. Edwin Jackson didn't follow up a strong first start, but settled down after the first inning and struck out six over six innings. But five walks (one intentional) helped do him in. This game falls on the offense, considering the hitter-friendly conditions. The Cubs are now 52-45-1 in Wrigley Field opening games and 2-5 this season, overall.
What's next: The Cubs host their first night game at 7:05 p.m. CT Tuesday when Travis Wood pitches against the Brewers' Wily Peralta in Game 2 of the series.