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.

Cubs strike again in comeback fashion, beat Brewers 7-4

CHICAGO | The Brewers found a way to finish 6-3 on their roadtrip and still feel like they left something on the table. For the second straight day the Chicago Cubs came back to beat the Crew.

Addison Russell hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th off Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz. The Cubs beat the Crew 7-4. Tuesday night the Cubs came back from 5-0 down to win 9-7.

In a game that started 55 minutes late due to a rain delay, the Brewers chased star pitcher Kyle Hendricks from the game after just five innings of work. Hendricks gave up two homers and four walks in the first four innings. That’s the most homers and walks he’s ever given up in a major league start.

Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the first off Hendricks in the first inning. Jett Bandy hit a solo shot off Hendricks in the third. But it wasn’t enough as the Brewers bullpen blew it.

Corey Knebel gave up a run in the 8th. Brewers closer Neftali Feliz fell to 0-2 and blew his first save of the year giving up 4 earned runs in the bottom of the 9th including the big blase to Russell.

The Brewers (8-8) start a ten-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night at Miller Park.

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.

Brewers spoil Cubs party plans with 5-4 win

CHICAGO — Scooter Gennett drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double, breaking a tie and giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee’s win prevented rival Chicago from securing its first National League Central crown since 2008, but the Cubs would celebrate just hours later after the Giants knocked off the Cardinals, clinching the division for the Cubbies.

Gennett’s double came during his only at-bat of the game, pinch-hitting for Jimmy Nelson. Orlando Arcia would also log a pair of runs batted in on a night where he finished 1-of-4 at the plate. Nelson fanned seven batters in his six innings of work, allowing three earned runs on eight hits.

The Brewers have now played seven games at Wrigley Field, with Thursday night’s contest marking Milwaukee’s first win there this season. The Brewers trail in the season series 10-6. Playing off the energy of the crowd and the potential of witnessing a division title win, Brewers closer Tyler Thornburg was happy to come away victorious.

“It’s pretty awesome, I’m not going to lie,” Thornburg said. “I’ve only had one other time where the crowd noise was definitely noticeable…when I was a starter. But that was pretty awesome. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to throw in the playoffs, but that’s about as close as I can imagine.”

Davies, Crew struggle as Cubs complete four-game sweep

CHICAGO, Illinois | Zach Davies (9-6) gave up 10 hits and 7 earned runs in four innings, Chicago’s Kris Bryant homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs while going 5 for 5 as the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 Thursday. The Cubs completed the four-game sweep despite a career-high seven walks from star pitcher Jake Arrieta (15-5).

Bryant tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 30 home runs. The Cubs won for the 18th time in 21 games and improved the best record in the majors to 77-43.

Chicago led 5-0 when Arrieta issued a pair of two-out walks in the fourth.  Milwaukee’s Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a three-run homer. Hernan Perez also hit a solo homer in the sixth off Arrieta, who allowed four runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. But the Cubs still prevailed behind Bryant’s big day.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his seventh save with the Cubs.

The Brewers now head to Seattle to start a three-game series with the Mariners on Friday night.

Fowler returns as Cubs beat Brewers 5-2

MILWAUKEE — Playing for the first time since June 18, Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 at the plate to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2.

Fowler was a triple shy of the cycle, bringing three Chicago base runners across the plate. He was backed by Jason Hammel, who struck out four Milwaukee batters in five innings of work. He gave up four hits and two earned runs, the same as his opposition Jimmy Nelson.

One of Hammel’s hits allowed went to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who went yard in the bottom of the fourth, but Milwaukee’s bats were limited from there, getting shut out the final four innings thanks to Chicago’s bullpen.

Nelson has struggled to a 1-5 record his last nine starts and winless in his last 10 against the Cubs.