Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Gomez singled in the game's first run in
the ninth inning and Jeff Bianchi and Rickie Weeks added two-run doubles in
Milwaukee's 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the subject of trade rumors, came off the
mound to a standing ovation after allowing only three hits and fanning seven
over seven innings. Kyle Lohse limited the hosts to five hits over six frames.
The opener of this four-game series was left up to the bullpen, namely Pedro
Strop (1-1), who faltered in the ninth. Jean Segura walked and Jonathan
Lucroy singled to start the inning. Gomez then hit a bloop single to center.
The throw home was late.
Caleb Gindl put down a bunt in front of the plate. The throw from catcher
Welington Castillo pulled third baseman Luis Valbuena off the base.
One out later, Bianchi doubled to right field to create a three-run margin.
Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Yuniesky Betancourt, but Weeks followed
with a fly ball down the right-field line. The ball landed in front of a
diving Nate Schierholtz.
Brandon Kintzler (3-0) retired the side in order in the eighth and Rob Wooten
didn't allow a hit in the ninth.
Samardzija didn't give up a hit until Gindl's single with two outs in the
Milwaukee put two men in scoring position in the sixth, but Segura struck out
to end the inning.
These teams will play a day/night doubleheader Tuesday ... Milwaukee leads the
season series, 6-3 ... Brewers right fielder Norichika Aoki went 0-for-5 and
had a nine-game hitting streak broken.
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