After three straight days with some high-powered offense, the offense was due to come down a bit. Unfortunately, it came down a bit too far today.
The game didn’t start out well for the Brewers. In the bottom of the first, Lorenzo Cain grounded out but hit first awkward, and was seen limping afterwards. He did stay out in the field for the second inning, but was pulled at the start of the third and replaced with Billy MicKinney. Later on, it was announced that Cain was pulled with left quad discomfort.
In the second, the Brewers got on the board first. Jackie Bradley Jr. reached base after he was hit by a pitch, and then Luis Urias hit a home run to left, putting the Brewers up 2-0. It was Urias’ first regular season home run as a Brewer.
Meanwhile, in his third start of the season, Brandon Woodruff pitched well. He pitched six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. He also struck out six in the game. His only problematic inning was the sixth, when he led off the inning hitting Willson Contreras with a pitch. Anthony Rizzo followed up with a single to move Contreras to third, then Kris Bryant hit a sac fly to cut the Brewers lead to 2-1. Woodruff also got into a little trouble in the fifth allowing two singles, but Woodruff worked around that to keep the game 2-1. This was the sixth straight game for the Brewers where the starting pitcher went 5 innings and allowed 1 run or less.
#Brewers starters have had 6 straight starts in which they have gone at least 5.0 innings while allowing 1 run or less. It marks the longest streak for the team since they had a franchise-record 7 in a row from 8/13-8/19, 2011. pic.twitter.com/9W9BrUPgRf— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) April 13, 2021
There was a bit of drama in the fifth, when Brandon Woodruff came up to bat and Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera threw behind Brandon Woodruff. This led to a bit of a heated moment, and both benches were warned. Nothing else came of it, though.
The bullpen took over starting in the seventh inning. Brad Boxberger pitched a clean inning to keep the Brewers up 2-1. Brent Suter was up next, and after striking out Jake Marisnick to start the inning, Ian Happ singled to put a runner on base. Willson Contreras was up next, and he put the Cubs ahead, smashing a home run to left center field that gave them a 3-2 lead. Suter allowed another single but got out of the inning with no other runs allowed. Angel Perdomo made his Brewers debut in the ninth inning, striking out two in a clean inning of work.
Unfortunately, after the first inning, the Brewers offense went quiet. Luis Urias did reach base four times in the game (3 walks and a home run), and Travis Shaw and Jackie Bradley Jr. also reached base twice (one hit and one hit by pitch each). However, that was all the offense could do today. The Brewers ended up leaving 11 runners on base, including leaving runners on base in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. As a team, they were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position tonight.
The Brewers will play their fourth rubber match of the season tomorrow afternoon to conclude their series with the Cubs. It will be a strong pitching matchup, as Jake Arrieta faces Corbin Burnes in the matinee. First pitch is at 12:40 pm.