After a terrific opening start from Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs sought to win their first series of the year against the Brewers Saturday. Unfortunately, Yu Darvish and the rest of the Chicago pitching staff didn’t have it and Milwaukee won easily.
Willson Contreras gave the Cubs the lead with a run-scoring single in the 1st, but a bizarrely botched rundown in the top of the 2nd led to Eric Sogard‘s game-tying hit. A couple of inside pitches from Brewers starter Corbin Burnes caused both teams to engage in a socially-distanced shouting match in the 4th.
Why the Cubs Lost
The Brewers bullpen quite handily outperformed the Cubs crew Saturday.
Yelich’s 6th inning blast restored Milwaukee’s lead and blunted any Chicago comeback.
Stats That Matter
- Kris Bryant hasn’t had a hit or a walk in two games.
- Good to see Schwarber take a lefty deep.
- Rex Brothers and Dillon Maples did not allow runs, so it was not all bad bullpen news.
The ‘pen was a concern for the Cubs heading into the season and performances like Saturday’s are not going ease those worries.