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Cubs dominate Brewers again, 6-1

The Brewers again put up little resistance to the steamrolling Cubs

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
Keon Broxton wasn’t as bad as some others tonight
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

WP - Jon Lester (13-4); LP - Jimmy Nelson (6-13); Save - none; Homeruns - Mil, none; Chi, Jorge Soler (9), David Ross (8)

The Cubs put the Brewers away quickly, leaving the TV crew to discuss spiders, grasshoppers, and their use of lockers at Miller Park. After a quick 1-2-3 inning by Jon Lester in the top of the first, Chicago pounded Jimmy Nelson for 5 runs in their first 6 batters. The big blow was a three run homer from Jorge Soler.

Nelson settled down and got through five innings, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. Unfortunately, the one he didn’t retire was a David Ross homerun in the third. Nelson left down 6-0, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, while striking out 4.

On the night the Brewers were held to four hits by Lester. Carl Edwards Jr., and Travis Wood. Their lone run came in the sixth off of Lester. Keon Broxton led off the inning with a solid single to left, and then took advantage of the Lester/Ross battery to steal second and third. Keon got a big jump on Lester, and a poor throw from Ross made it no contest at second.

Stealing third was even easier - he took off while Lester was looking in, and Jon never bothered to throw to third; Broxton went in standing. An infield dribbler from Orlando Arcia brought Broxton home.

The Brewers did threaten in the top of the second, after the Cubs had built their 5-0 lead in the previous inning. Chris Carter singled with one down, Jake Elmore singled with two down, and then Marin Maldonado walked. Craig Counsell must have been sorely tempted to pinch hit for Nelson, but with a doubleheader Tuesday, no off days until September first, and Chase Anderson’s two batter start in game two last night, he really had no choice but to let Jimmy bat. The count went to 2-0, but the third pitch, a borderline low one, was called a strike, and Nelson grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

In two days, the Cubs and Brewers have played three games. The Brewers have had 2 runs on 13 hits in 27 innings; the Cubs have 14 runs on 24 hits in 24 innings. The Cubs have the best pitching staff in baseball (well, they have the best team in baseball), but the first three games of this series have been a total mismatch.

Zach Davies (9-5, 3.80) takes the hill for the Brewers (52-67) tomorrow afternoon, while Cubs ace Jake Arrieta (14-5, 2.55) takes the mound for the Northsiders. Chicago’s record stands at 76-43. There will be no FSW broadcast of tomorrow’s game.