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Monday, September 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 6, Cubs 1

By Jesse Rogers



MILWAUKEE -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night:

How it happened: Both teams played sloppily, but it was the Brewers who prevailed after scoring two runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, while the Cubs managed just a single tally in the fifth. A triple by Caleb Gindl plated Scooter Gennett for the Brewers' first run. Gindl was brought home by a Martin Maldonado squeeze bunt. That would curiously end Edwin Jackson’s night after just 76 pitches. He was pinch hit for in the fifth inning. The Cubs got one back when Starlin Castro singled home Welington Castillo, but Yuniesky Betancourt put the Brewers back in front by two runs with an RBI single in the sixth, then Jean Segura doubled home the Brewers' fourth run. Gindl hit a two-run homer in the seventh, missing the cycle by just a double. The teams combined for five errors in the first five innings.

What it means: After being pulled, Jackson and manager Dale Sveum seemed to exchange heated words in the dugout. Jackson was talked to by coaches and teammates before going back near the tunnel and arguing with his manager. He walked three in a row in the second inning but got out of it by striking out the opposing pitcher, Wily Peralta. His own error -- and two others -- extended innings, but Jackson gave up only two hits and two runs before being pulled.

What’s next: Game 2 of the four-game series continues on Tuesday night when Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.44 ERA) faces Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.29).