Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 3, Brewers 0
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Tuesday night. Here's a quick look at the game.
How it happened: The Cubs scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, and starter Kyle Hendricks was magnificent on the mound. A Justin Ruggiano single scored Arismendy Alcantara for the game's first run. Later, an Alcantara RBI hit scored Starlin Castro. Anthony Rizzo belted his 26th home run of the season, and that was all the offense Hendricks would need. He went 7⅓ innings, giving up only six hits with three coming in his final inning. Pedro Strop induced a double play to end the eighth inning and preserve the shutout. Hector Rondon earned his 15th save.
What it means: Hendricks has arrived. After wins in Los Angeles and Colorado last week, he shut down one of the best hitting teams in the league Tuesday. Not only did he shut out the Brewers, they had very little hard contact off him. When they finally got a man to second, he induced a double-play grounder to quickly end that threat. He struck out Ryan Braun twice after Braun took him to the wall in the first inning. His innings got easier, not tougher, until the eighth. But even then he gave up three singles, two softly hit. After six starts, Hendricks' ERA checks in at 1.73.
Doubront pitches: Newly acquired pitcher Felix Doubront made his debut for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night. He went four innings, giving up three runs and four hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.
What's next: Game 3 of the series takes place Wednesday night when Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.25) takes on Kyle Lohse (11-6, 3.33).