The first game of a day night double header and Trevor Cahill gets his first start of the year against the Milwaukee Brewers. Former Cub, Matt Garza gets the nod for the Brew Crew in his first start of the season against his former team.
Cahill goes five solid innings only allowing four base runners on two hits and two walks. He strikes out three batters and gives up no runs. Matt Garza would counters with five full innings also. Garza strikes out two batters and walks three batters. He gives up five hits and that starts in the first inning with a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler. Kris Bryant reaches but forces Fowler out. Anthony Rizzo sends him to third on his single. Garza then loads the bases with his first walk of the game to Ben Zobrist. Addison Russell drives in the first run of the game with a sac fly to left.
Garza scores his second walk in the bottom of the third to Fowler. With one out, Rizzo grabs another single and each runner advances on Zo’s force out. With Russell at the plate, Garza throws a wild pitch and Fowler scores the second run of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Coghlan leads off with a double and advances to third on Miguel Montero’s single. Coghlan is able to reach home and scores the third run of the game as Cahill helps himself out with a sac bunt. Dexter walks again but Garza gets out of the inning. Garza has a 1-2-3 ground out fifth and that would be all for him. The Cubs score the fourth run of the game in the eighth after Damien Magnifico walks Zo then hits Russell and let’s both runners advance on a wild pitch and Zo scores on Coghlan’s sac fly.
To finish off the Brew Crew, Mike Montgomery grabs his fourth hold of the year in two innings gives up a hit, a walk and strikes out three. Hector Rondon takes one inning and only walks one and also gets a hold. Joe Smith gets one out in the ninth and walks two but is pulled for Aroldis Chapman who strikes out one and ends the game for his 25th save of the year.
Jason Hammel gets the nod for game 2 as he takes on Chase Anderson. Hammel must have been eating his Sea Salt Chips as he goes seven innings only giving up two hits, three walks and strikes out seven. He has definitely broke his old ways of declining after the All Star break.
Chase Anderson for the Brew Crew leaves the game after two batters with an injury. Jhan Marinez takes over him going 2 & 2/3 innings. He walks three and and gives up four hits but the Cubs only score one run in the third on Kris Bryant’s single to left that brings in David Ross.
Rob Scahill enters the game in the sixth for the Brewers and gives up a leadoff double to Zo who scores on Wilson Contreras line to right. Javier Baez steps in the box and launches his 13th home run of the year putting the Cubs up again by four.
Justin Grimm takes on the eighth and giving up only one hit and strikes out one. Top of the ninth and the Cubs are up by four and Joel Maddon decides to go with Travis Wood. He gets the first out on a bouncer to third. Chapman is up in the pen just in case as Wood gets the second out of the inning. The Cubs have a chance to pull off the first double header shut out sweep as Len and JD brought up but almost as quickly as they said it, Wood gives up a solo home run to left to Hernan Perez. Chris Carter gets a bloop single to to center just out of range for Zo.
That would be it for Wood as Maddon decides to bring in Chapman for the final out but allows Carter to advance on a high fast ball off the back stop. Jake Elmore takes eight pitches and walks. Keon Broxton steps in the box and sends a slow bouncer just out of reach of Chapman halting Bryant from picking it up. Bases Loaded for Maldonado and he gets called out on strikes as Chapman saves both games today not with out making it an exciting ending. Jason Hammel gets his career high 13th win of the season.
Go Cubs Go!
Dan the Man
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