Brewers 9, Cubs 0: Kyle Lohse shuts 'em out

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Lohse threw a shutout and drove in 2 runs with his bat.

W: Lohse, 7-1

L: Samardzija, 1-5

HR: Braun (9), Gennett (3)

A day after getting shut out on 3 hits, the Brewers turned the offense back on and demolished the Cubs on Sunday to take 2 out of 3 in the series.

Jeff Samardzija entered the day as the Major League leader in earned run average. Thanks to the Brewers he exited the day as not the Major League leader in earned run average. The game started just as Friday night's did, with Jean Segura reaching on a single to right followed by Ryan Braun hitting a home run, this one a line drive to left. In the 2nd inning, Scooter Gennett doubled and was driven in by a single from Lohse.

The home team broke it all open by batting around in the 3rd. To start the inning, Braun singled, Jonathan Lucroy walked, and Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and no one out, Khris Davis hit a ball hard up the middle that Darwin Barney was able to corral. In the confusion about whether he caught it on the fly or not, Lucroy headed back towards second base. By the time everyone realized it was a force play, two men were out but Braun had scored to put the Brewers up 4-0. It looked like the double play would shorten the rally, but Scooter Gennett hit his second double of the day and Mark Reynolds walked to load up the bases again. Lyle Overbay then came through with a hard double to left that cleared the bases and gave the Brewers a 7-0 lead. To top it off, Lohse hit his second RBI single of the day to drive in Overbay.

The only other scoring of the day came via a solo home run by Scooter Gennett in the 5th inning. He finished the day 3-4 with 2 doubles and a home run. The only batters with hits on the day were Segura with a single, 2 hits from Braun, the 3 from Gennett, 1 from Overbay, and the 2 from Lohse.

Lohse, however, was the real star of the day. He went the distance in what was probably his best start as a Brewer (so far). He gave up just 3 singles and hit one batter on the day. He struck out 6 and only needed 93 pitches to finish off the Cubs, and improved to 7-1 on the season.

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