Cubs beat Brewers 5-1, stop 5-game losing streak
Jake Arrieta delivered just what the Chicago Cubs needed as
another sorry season nears it end.
Luis Valbuena, Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic homered, and
the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Thursday to stop a
five-game losing streak.
Arrieta (3-2) didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the fourth,
when former-Cub Aramis Ramirez singled between second and third.
Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer in the seventh.
”If things are going bad, I feel like I can be a guy that can
right the ship with one good start,” Arrieta said. ”A lot of the
guys here fall into that category.”
Chicago, assured of its fourth straight losing season, had
dropped seven of eight coming in after opening its trip with
consecutive wins in Cincinnati.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum was pleased with Arrieta’s eight starts
since he was acquired from Baltimore on July 2.
”Everything was working really well,” Sveum said. ”He hung
that one cutter to Gomez, but other than that, a lot of weak
Arrieta allowed three hits, struck out five, walked one and
drove in a run.
”It was pretty much just good control from start to finish,”
he said. ”I established a good, quality fastball and worked
offspeed off of that. We had a nice roll going today.”
Valbuena stopped an 0-for-14 slide with his 12th homer, a solo
shot off Kyle Lohse (10-10) in the first. Schierholtz hit a two-run
homer in third that landed in the Cubs bullpen in center for a 3-0
lead, and Bogusevic added a pinch- homer off Donovan Hand leading
off the ninth.
Lohse gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He has
allowed 26 homers, tying Washington’s Dan Haren for the NL
Lohse and the Brewers weren’t happy with home plate umpire Chad
”Not a whole lot of it was me,” Lohse said. ”When you have an
umpire that says your grumpy face is going to cost you strikes,
you’ve got issues. I wasn’t as consistent as I want to be, but I
made a lot of really good pitches and I guess I looked funny out
there and wasn’t going to get the calls.”
Lohse said wasn’t told of Fairchild’s comment after until he
finished the fifth inning.
”Luckily, they didn’t tell me until later,” Lohse said. ”I
don’t think I did anything to show him up. I had a lot of calls
that I thought could have went my way. Obviously, it is
frustrating, but my job is to go out there and make pitches. I
can’t do anything about what is called or not, but it’s just hard
to adjust to something that’s inconsistent.”
Sixty-five of Arrieta’s 86 pitches were strikes, while Lohse had
62 among 100 pitches.
Lohse said teammate Martin Maldonado passed on the comment, but
Lohse didn’t specify whether Maldonado told him directly.
”I didn’t hear it firsthand or I wouldn’t have lasted five
innings,” Lohse said.
Logan Schafer was cited for throwing equipment after he made the
last out of the game. He tossed his helmet while walking away from
Fairchild after taking a called third strike.
NOTES: Cubs C Wellington Castro Brewers SS left after the
seventh inning with right knee soreness. ”I was running hard and I
just felt a sharp pain,” he said. Cubs manager Dale Sveum that
Wellington would get checked on and evaluated tomorrow. … Brewers
SS Jean Segura did not play, a day after straining his right
hamstring. … Injured Brewers 1B Corey Hart, eligible for free
agency after the World Series, wants to remain with the Brewers. He
is making $10 million this year, the final season of a $26.5
million, three-year deal. ”I wouldn’t sit there and ask for
anything that is outlandish,” he said. ”I would take a discount
to stay here because I think I owe it to them to stay here and be a
cheaper player.” He had surgery on his right knee in late January
and missed spring training. ”I’ve told them I would be very
generous to stay here. Nobody wants to play for free, but I’ve
basically sat there and watched all season. That’s kind of what
we’re hoping for, but at the same time, you don’t know what’s going
to happen.” … Schierholtz’s 21 home runs are 12 more than his
previous high of nine with San Francisco in 2011.