It was a cold, wet Mother’s Day on the north side of Chicago as rain fell down upon Wrigley Field while the Milwaukee Brewers met the Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball. It was the Cream City Nine’s first appearance on ESPN on a Sunday night since 2013, and it didn’t exactly go well.
Jhoulys Chacin started the game for the Brew Crew and put his team in a 1-0 hole early, though a first-inning error by Orlando Arcia didn’t help matters as the run was unearned. He pitched a nice game overall, though, allowing only one more earned run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Javier Baez. He made a hell of a defensive play coming off the mound, too.
Chacin finished with six innings pitched and those two runs allowed, yielding six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Those two runs would be all Jon Lester needed. He dealt with a lot of traffic as Milwaukee piled up nine hits against him in 6.2 innings, but the only extra base hit was a double by Jesus Aguilar in the fourth. That hit plated Christian Yelich for Milwaukee’s only run of the day, after Yelich had reached on an error by Kyle Schwarber in left field.
Adrian Houser came on in relief of Chacin and finished the game up for Milwaukee, coughing up a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the seventh inning that made it 4-1. Brandon Kintzler threw 1.1 scorless innings and Steve Cishek tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.
Milwaukee (24-18) falls to two games back in the NL Central after dropping the final two contests in Chicago (24-14) to end the series. The Brewers head to Philadelphia next, beginning a three-game series tomorrow night at 6:05 PM central. Aaron Nola will start the game for the Phillies and ‘TBD’ is currently listed for Craig Counsell’s squad, though it’s likely to be an opener ahead of Freddy Peralta.