Bianchi, Weeks key five-run 9th for Brewers in 5-0 win over Cubs
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 29, 2013 10:24PM
Updated: July 29, 2013 10:47PM
Runs have been at a premium for the Cubs, who had a total of six in their last three games against the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.
At usually hitter-friendly Wrigley Field Monday night, neither the Cubs or the visiting Milwaukee Brewers crossed the plate through eight innings.
But the Brewers erupted for five runs in the ninth off reliever Pedro Strop for a 5-0 victory, abruptly ending Strop’s streak of 12 scoreless appearances and 10 2/3 scoreless innings.
Strop (1-1) had allowed only five hits before Monday since coming to the Cubs from Baltimore on July 2, but he walked the first Brewer he faced, Jean Segura, then allowed successive singles to Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez for the first run.
The Brewers loaded the bases with a sacrifice bunt before Jeff Bianchi drove in two with a one-out double.
Rickie Weeks doubled off reliever Blake Parker to drive in two more.
The victory went to Brandon Kintzler (3-0) in relief.
Samardzija was nearly perfect through the first four innings, facing the minimum 12 batters despite a first inning error by Darwin Barney that allowed Norichika Aoki to reach. He was then erased in a double play.
Samardzija hit Jonathan Lucroy leading the fifth before he also was out in a double play. But Caleb Gindl followed with a clean single for the Brewers first hit.
Samardzija exited after seven, allowing three hits and striking out seven with two walks.
The Cubs couldn’t score off Lohse through six innings despite getting five hits and having runners in scoring position four times.They were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position through eight innings, stranding nine.