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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Brewers 5, Cubs 3

By Jesse Rogers

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs lost 5-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Here’s a quick look at the game:

How it happened: Travis Wood didn’t have his best stuff as the Brewers took an early lead for the second night in a row and never looked back. Milwaukee scored one in the first on a sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez, added two in the second on a two-run single by Jeff Bianchi, and one more in the fourth on a fielder’s choice. The Cubs scored on home runs: a solo shot by Luis Valbuena in the fourth, his first of the year, and a two-run job by Welington Castillo, his fourth. That came in the eighth. Marco Estrada lasted into the eighth inning for the Brewers and pitched well, giving up four hits, while Wood was tagged for five run in 5.2 innings. Anthony Rizzo is 0-for-8 in the first two games of the series.

What it means: It means the Cubs lost yet another series this month and need a victory Sunday just to avoid the sweep. They’ll have one more chance in Cincinnati on Monday through Wednesday to avoid going the whole month of April without a series win for the first time since 1997. Their record is 7-16.

Segura out: As he prepared to bat in the first inning, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the face accidentally by a bat being swung by teammate Ryan Braun. Braun was on the top step of the Milwaukee dugout, swinging his bat back and forth to loosen up, when Segura came up from behind and was hit. He was replaced by Bianchi, who went 2-for-2 in the first two innings of the game with two RBIs.

Arrieta throws: Rehabbing Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw two innings for Double-A Tennessee in what should be his final tuneup before being activated from the disabled list. He totaled 44 pitches while giving up two hits and one earned run. The light workload went as scheduled.

What’s next: The Cubs try to avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon when Jason Hammel (3-1, 2.60 ERA) throws against Wily Peralta (3-0, 2.19 ERA).