The Chicago Cubs were able to pull out a win on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Wily Peralta did not throw the ball his best and drops the game. The Brewers were able to walk away from the three game series against the Cubs at 2-1.
Wily Peralta was having a bit of a tough outing. His pitches seemed to stay up in the strike zone giving the Cubs the chance to put it to the Brewers. He did not have a bad night per say, he just could not quite keep the Cubs off the bases. Peralta did not get any support on the score board either, so the night was a bust for him, giving him his first loss.
Peralta pitched seven innings giving up eight hits with three earned runs, walking one and striking out three. Peralta’s ERA was a little higher than his season average of 2.56, at 3.86. He allowed one home run by the Cubs, Starlin Castro taking him deep for a solo home run. Castro would also homer later in the game against Brandon Kintzler giving him a two home run day.
Brewers Never Out of Game
The Cubs were never really comfortable with the lead they had in the game. Everyone knows the Brewers are in the game until the game is over. That is apparent by the fans staying at Miller Park until the last pitch. It would not be a stretch for the Brewers to have an inning they could score four runs in. The game was played by the Cubs as though they were behind, in the end that probably helped them hold on to the game.
The Brewers never really got their game going on Sunday against the Cubs. Wily Peralta gave up three runs but the ball club was unable to get their offense going, dropping the game in the loss column.
With three hits in the game, there is no way to get anything done. There may have to be some acknowledgment for Jason Hammel, having a great outing on the mound. The three hits came from, Rickie Weeks, Lyle Overbay, and Carlos Gomez. Scooter Gennett was able to get a walk along with Jonathan Lucroy but there was no support to get the team moving on the bases. Hammel was throwing hard and hitting his spots.
Hammel pitched seven innings giving up three hits and walking two. He had seven strike outs with an ERA of 0.00 for the day. Hammel has four wins and one loss on the season so far with an ERA of 2.08. It seems He is stepping up for the Cubs, giving them some hope for their season. The win by Hammel broke a four game losing streak by the Cubs.
The Brewers will have to brush off the loss and look at the games ahead. They are leading the division by four and a half games over the St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee is still leading all of baseball, but the competition is rising and Atlanta is forging forward. They are half a game back with a record of 17-7 while the Brewers are 18-7 for the season. The Cardinals are on the hunt in the central division in the National League, coming for the Brewers.
Commentary by Jabar Morarend