The Milwaukee Brewers came into tonight’s action against the Cubs on a 3-game losing streak. It ended when Milwaukee took the lead early and never gave it up. The story of this game, however, was only about Brewers’ pitching.
Freddy Peralta started in this one and he was excellent. While he was certainly ineffective, just covering five innings and going four, he was really efficient. Across those five innings, Peralta hit just one hit and hit five. The Cubs’ hitters were befuddled during the evening as Peralta induced swing-and-miss from his shooter, fastball, basket combination.
Brent Suter piggy-backed Peralta. Like Peralta, Suter was not very effective, but he was sure he was effective. Suter covered the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, and he struck out two while frustrating the timing for the Cubs̵
While not a shocking explosion, the Brewers offense at least turned up tonight. Brewers made things roll at the top of the first. With one out in the inning, Daniel Vogelbach pulled a turn. Vogelbach later drove to third place as Christian Yelich singled past Anthony Rizzo’s glove. Both runners pulled to the home plate when Travis Shaw raked back to 2018 with a 3-run opposite field home.
Omar Narvaez provided the power behind the fourth and final race of the game. At the top of the fourth, Narvaez launched a solo shot over the left midfield wall to make it 4-0. This 4-0 score would stand the rest of the night.
That said, things got interesting at the bottom of the ninth as the benches were cleared. Last night, Willson Contreras was hit in the head by a wild pitch. Brad Boxberger hit Contreras again tonight, but this time it was in the arm. Contreras took exception as he held up two fingers to demonstrate that this was the second time he had been hit by a Brewers’ pitcher. On a 0-2 count and a 4-0 lead, it is unlikely that Boxberger tried to hit Narvaez, but Narvaez was emotional over the affair.
The Brewers and Cubs end this 3-game series tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CT. Brandon Woodruff gets the ball to Milwaukee against Kyle Hendricks. Listen to the game on WTMJ 620 or Brewers Radio Network. Bally Sports Wisconsin broadcasts the game on television.