Cubs’ rally falls short against Brewers in home opener
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 8, 2013 4:56PM
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Updated: April 8, 2013 10:22PM
As negotiations to change Wrigley Field continued Monday, little changed on the field for the Cubs in their home opener as their losing streak stretched to four in a 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The damage came early, with Cubs starter Edwin Jackson giving up four runs in the first to the Brewers, who snapped their own five-game losing streak. The Brewers batted around in the first against Jackson (0-2), who gave up another run in the second before settling down to pitch four more scoreless innings.
The Cubs’ only runs off Brewers starter Marco Estrada came in the second on a two-run homer by Welington Castillo (first). Estrada, who also drove in a run in the seventh off Shawn Camp with a double, allowed only five hits in seven innings.
They scored one in the ninth off Brandon Kintzler when Alfonso Soriano singled and took second without a play and scored on Anthony Rizzo’s single. Nate Scherholtz followed with a single, chasing Kintzler. The Cubs added another run off Jim Henderson on Luis Valbuena’s single off the glove of third baseman Yuniesky Bentancourt.
An error by first baseman Martin Maldonado on pinch hitter Scott Hairston’s ball loaded the bases. But Dave Sappelt struck out and Starlin Castro flied out to end the game.
Carlos Marmol, who lost his closer job after Saturday’s blown save in Atlanta, entered in the eighth, giving up a leadoff double to Ryan Braun and throwing a wild pitch. But he struck out two around walking one, getting out of the inning without a run scoring.
Despite a gusting 24 mph wind blowing out, Castillo’s homer was the only ball to leave the park.
The Brewers collected 12 hits off Cubs pitching while the Cubs managed only five hits off Estrada (1-0).
The game drew a crowd of 40,083, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Tom Tunney, the central figures in brokering a deal between the team and rooftop owners that would allow for some $500 million in renovations to the park. Hopes for that deal to be announced Monday didn’t materialize as talks continued. Team owner Tom Ricketts, who had said a deal needed to be in place by opening day, backed off that deadline, saying he remains optimistic a deal can be in place soon so work can begin in the off season.