The Chicago Cubs (34-20) have gotten off to an excellent start in 2020, but the one nagging issue remains a shaky bullpen. The Milwaukee Brewers (27-27) have been fueling those fears this weekend and, while it’s still a minor concern at the moment, a second straight loss at Miller Park doesn’t help. This latest contest comes as always via MLB The Show 20.
Kris Bryant took lefty starter Eric Lauer deep in the opening frame to put the Cubs ahead, but the lead was short-lived as Lorenzo Cain doubled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 1st. An Albert Almora Jr. error allowed Lauer to reach in the 3rd inning and Ryon Healy singled him home to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
José Quintana was good from that point on, keeping the Crew off the board until the 6th. Catcher Josh Phegley tied the game with a solo shot to left field in the top of the 5th and the Cubs were able to capitalize on a Milwaukee error in the 6th as Steven Souza Jr. singled home a run to give his team a 3-2 edge.
Chicago’s bullpen combination of Jeremy Jeffress and Danny Hultzen was unable to hold the lead. Jeffress allowed an RBI double to Saturday’s hero Jedd Gyorko in the 6th to tie the score. Hultzen followed in the 7th, surrendering the game-winning two-run double to Healy.
Orlando Arcia added a run-scoring single in the 8th inning to wrap up the scoring, though Souza tried to make things interesting with a double against closer Josh Hader in the 9th before he closed out the Brewers’ win.
Notes: Bryant is on pace to hit a career-high 54 home runs this season. Manager David Ross told reporters after the game he will continue to try new combinations in the bullpen until the Cubs “find something that gets people out for a change.”
Bryant – 2-for-4, HR, RBI
Souza – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Phegley – 1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI
Healy – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Gyorko – 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
Taylor – 1-for-4, 3B, R
Winning Pitcher – Brown (8-1)
Losing Pitcher – Hultzen (3-1)
Save – Hader (18)
Home Runs – Bryant (18), Phegley (2)