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Monday, July 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 5, Cubs 0

By Jesse Rogers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night:

How it happened: Carlos Gomez singled home the eventual winning run in the ninth, breaking up a 0-0 game as Pedro Strop had a rare off-night out of the bullpen. Jeff Bianchi followed with a two-run double before Strop was done. Rickie Weeks added a two-run double off of Blake Parker. Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Lohse locked up in a pitcher’s duel as each gave up nothing on the scoreboard. Samardzija faced the minimum into the fifth inning. He gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Cubs had runners on in six of the first seven innings but never got the big hit.

What it means: Samardzija is rounding back into form after some rough starts. He’s given up just four earned runs over his last three outings and pitched admirably in a less than stellar match-up between the two cellar dwellers of the Central division. That type of game has been troublesome for him in the past. ... Junior Lake broke a mini 0-for-14 slump, getting two hits in his Wrigley debut including another bunt single.

Outside the box: While Eduardo Sanchez waits to make his Cubs debut, Dale Sveum elected to pitch a tired bullpen. Strop threw both Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco and it may have come back to haunt him. ... In trade deadline performances Nate Schierholtz had an off night. He struck out three times and grounded to first while David DeJesus had one hit.

Up next: A day/night doubleheader takes place on Tuesday with Carlos Villanueva taking on Yovani Gallardo in the matinee followed by the Cubs debut of righty Jake Arrieta in the nightcap.