Anderson throttled in 13-6 loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — Milwaukee Brewers starter Chase Anderson took his first loss of the year in a 13-6 defeat at the hands of the rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Sunday afternoon.

Anderson was knocked around for seven hits, six earned runs, while walking three batters in his four innings of work. His counterpart, Jake Arrieta, had a nicer day on the mound, giving Chicago six innings of one-run ball (unearned) while striking out six.

“We got traffic and just didn’t get the hit to kind of put a lot of stress on [Arrieta] and make him make those big pitches in a game where a one-swing can hurt you,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Arrieta. “He did a good job working out of the fifth [inning] where we got the first two guys on.”

The Cubs went deep four times against the current National League Central leaders, while Willson Contreras racked up three hits and three RBIs.

“I think we were due as a team offensively,” Kris Bryant said. “We haven’t really been doing much early on here, so I think it was a matter of time for us.”

Ryan Braun returned from the disabled list to go 0-for-5 at the plate for Milwaukee. Eric Thames left in the fifth inning with hamstring tightness — a nagging injury that’s been bothering him for a couple of weeks. After the game, Counsell said they’d have to address their approach to Thames’ hamstring concerns during practice and days off.

Brewers believe Saturday’s “rain-out” was postponed by Cubs for alternative reason

CHICAGO — Roughly three hours before the Brewers and Cubs were supposed to get underway from Wrigley Field, Cubs management decided not to tempt Mother Nature, postponing the contest to July 6.

That sounds harmless enough, considering the Cubs’ weather forecast showed heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area for the 1:20 p.m. start time. But after speaking with reporters prior to Sunday’s series finale, it appears Brewers general manager David Stearns hinted that Chicago may have made the decision for a reason other than weather.

Some Brewers fans surmised that the Cubs feared playing Milwaukee, which has won 10 of its last 12 games. If manager Craig Counsell’s comments are any indication, the fans could be right.

While the Cubs’ weather report showed severe weather, by the time the game started, things had cleared up and the game could have been played. The make-up date has been set for July 6 at 1:20 p.m.

Brewers and Cubs postponed due to rain

CHICAGO — Rain caused a two-hour delay in game one of the Brewers and Cubs series, but Saturday’s game will be postponed to a later date due to rainy conditions at Wrigley Field.

The series is scheduled to resume Sunday at 1:20 p.m. but Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell is unsure if outfielder Ryan Braun will be able to come off the disabled list because inclement weather has affected his ability to work outside.

The make-up game has been scheduled for 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 6th. Both teams had that date open.

Cutler: If Packers called, “I’d have to pass on that”

CHICAGO — Jay Cutler recently announced his retirement from professional football, but told Fox Sports One on Monday that he’d choose retirement over the opportunity to play for the Green Bay Packers if they ever needed his services.

Doug Gottlieb filled in as host of “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” and posed a scenario: Would Cutler sign with his former rival if Aaron Rodgers were ever hurt?

“Everyone loves hypotheticals,” Cutler began. “…Honestly, if the Green Bay Packers call, I’m probably not going to do it. I don’t think they would ever call me, but I’d probably have to pass on that.”

Cutler played in only five games in 2016, throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions before being replaced by Mike Glennon. Cutler ends his career in Chicago with at least 14 franchise records, including passing yards (23,443) and passing touchdowns (154).

Cubs ride early lead to 7-4 victory over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Another rough start for Zach Davies led to his second loss of the season, as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-4 at Miller Park Sunday afternoon.

Davies allowed a double to Addison Russell, a triple to Jason Heyward, and a home run to Kyle Schwarber to put the Brewers in a 5-0 hole entering the bottom of the second inning. While he finished out the remainder of his five innings allowing just one more hit throughout the day, the Milwaukee offense couldn’t pick up the slack.

Ryan Braun did his best, driving in three on a home run to center field in the third inning to cut the deficit to two. Chicago would open it back up by adding a pair of runs in the seventh inning, which was set up by a throwing error that allowed a base-runner to advance to second.

Jake Arrieta excelled on the mound for Chicago, racking up 10 strikeouts in a seven-inning performance.

After losing their first series against the Cubs, the Brewers will get another shot on the road when they meet Chicago again Apr. 17-19. Milwaukee’s next nine games are on the road and won’t return to Miller Park until Apr. 20.

Cubs bats too much for Brewers in 11-6 defeat

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t keep pace with the 17 hits the Chicago Cubs racked up, evening up the series in an 11-6 loss at Miller Park Saturday night.

Left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone was solid his first time through the Chicago lineup, but eventually allowed every Cubs batter to reach base. He gave up nine hits and four earned runs over four innings. The Cubs may not have hit the ball out of the park, but playing “small ball” worked to their advantage, with five batters logging multi-hit performances.

“We needed more fielders tonight,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “They get credit for putting the ball in play, for sure, they put the ball in play, but they found a lot of holes.”

With Ryan Braun scratched from the lineup with back tightness, the Milwaukee offense struggled to keep pace, striking out 13 times in 34 at-bats. That’s despite home runs from Jonathan Villar, Nick Franklin, and Jett Bandy.

The series concludes from Miller Park Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Brewers beat Cubs in 11th on wild pitch

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers opened a series with the Chicago Cubs by beating their border rivals 2-1 in the 11th inning thanks to a wild pitch that allowed Ryan Braun to score the winning run.

Braun singled off Mike Montgomery to get on base, which was the first hit Milwaukee recorded since the sixth inning. Montgomery subsequently walked Jesus Aguilar, while Jett Bandy was hit by pitch. That allowed Braun to take advantage of his chance on base, scoring after an 0-2 to Manny Pina was misfired.

“We had gone a couple of innings where we didn’t get much going,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We didn’t have great at-bats, I didn’t think. But that inning, guys just kept the at-bat alive. … A three-inning appearance for Montgomery, I know he was stretched out in the spring, but that’s still a lot to ask.”

Jimmy Nelson had a solid start for the Brewers, going six innings while giving up just the one earned run on a home run to Ben Zobrist. The five relievers who followed up Nelson combined for a shutout the rest of the way against the defending World Champions.

Packers claim ex-Bears DT Ego Ferguson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers added another piece to the defensive line Monday evening by claiming former Chicago Bears tackle Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.

The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.

Packers CB Dorleant arrested for disturbance at Iowa bar

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor interference during a disturbance at an Iowa bar.

Dorleant was with former Northern Iowa teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall at Sharkey’s Fun House just off campus. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference. Both players were released from jail that same night.

Dorleant described the incident in a phone interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in. He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us. They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”

Dorleant went undrafted before signing with the Packers in May of 2016. He’s played in four games for Green Bay, recorded one tackle.

Bucks can’t contain Bulls in 109-94 loss

MILWAUKEE — What had been a stout Milwaukee Bucks defense over the last couple weeks reverted back to old form in a 109-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls Sunday afternoon.

Chicago converted on 10 of its 21 (47.6 percent) three-point attempts, while dominating the glass and grabbing 49 rebounds, compared to Milwaukee’s 34. The Bulls used a 35-point third quarter to expand their lead to as many as 20 points.

Nikola Mirotic led the Bulls by tying his season high with 28 points, while Jimmy Butler added 20 for Chicago, along with a career-high 14 assists.

”My mantra is always to pass the ball to the open guy whether it’s late game, early game,” Butler said.

The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 22 points and eight rebounds. A win would have given Milwaukee the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference outright, while completing the season sweep of their southern rivals for the first time since the 2000-’01 season. That year, Milwaukee also made the Eastern Conference Finals.

Milwaukee has beaten its last 17 opponents when holding them under 100 points.