Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (04/07/19): Brewers 4, Cubs 2 – Early Runs Keep Haunting Cubs

Recently promoted Allen Webster and Kyle Ryan continue to make much-needed contributions to the Cubs bullpen in the form of scoreless innings. It wasn’t enough, however, to overcome four runs — two in the 1st inning — given up by Kyle Hendricks, who falls to 0-2 to start the season. The Cubs dropped the rubber game in Milwaukee today and head to their home opener with a 2-7 record. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Lost

The Cubs offense was averaging nearly eight runs per game coming into today, but they couldn’t continue that success today, scattering just six hits over nine innings. Willson Contreras’s two-run home run in the 6th inning accounted for all the Cubs’s runs in the game.

Key Moment

Brewers manager Craig Counsell called for reliever Josh Hader in the 7th inning. Hader proceeded to retire eight consecutive batters — including three strikeouts — to close out the game and secure the win for Milwaukee.

Stats that Matter

  • Hendricks continues to struggle in early innings, giving up four runs on eight hits over just four innings pitched. He’s opened the season with a 6.48 ERA.
  • Tyler Chatwood, pitching in relief, gave up two walks in seven batters faced. However, he managed to strike out three and held the Brewers scoreless in his 1 1/3 innings pitched.
  • Ben Zobrist did decent work in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with three singles, but didn’t score a single run.

Bottom Line

The bullpen was able to answer Maddon’s call today, but they did it from behind. An improved bullpen is a step in the right direction and hopefully that continues while the starting pitching works to catch up.

On Deck

The Cubs head to Wrigley for their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-3) on Monday afternoon. Jon Lester (1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound against Jameson Taillon (0-1, 3.46 ERA) at 1:20 CT. Television coverage can be seen on ABC 7, with MLB Networking broadcasting out-of-market. The radio broadcast will be on 670 The Score.

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Liz De Coster

Liz is a second generation Cubs fan and Chicago native currently residing in Baltimore. Her Cubs shrine includes a Kerry Wood action figure, an autographed Scott Sanderson card, a lucite-encased 1984 ivy leaf, and enough scorekeeping pencils for a game of pick-up sticks. When not watching the Cubs, she can be found reading and avoiding yardwork.

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3 Comments

  1. 2-7 starting the year on a 9 game road trip where they could have won 6 or 7 games with any kind of pitching sucks. They have to go at least 12-7 the rest of the month and get back to .500 with only 3 games with the Dodgers and one in Seattle against good teams.

    That Schwarber GIDP before the HR blew. One guy on the whole left side of the field and Kyle tries to be a team play and shoot it to left, but somehow ball goes right to the only guy for a 2 outs. If it gets past its a run or the bases loaded and if the HR still happened its a tie game.

    Bryant and Rizzo hitting .231 and .235 isn’t fun.

    At least the BP looked better today, but my god Hendricks needs to throw a simulated inning before each start.Not all earned this year but that’s 6 runs in the first in 2 starts after 25 last year in 33 games last year.

  2. Schwarber remains unclutch and can’t drive in runs. Maybe better to move him up to #2 in the order and drop Bryant down until he figures it out.

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