February 8, 2016

Lack of offense gets Brewers again

Travis Wood pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and the Chicago Cubs got home runs from Wellington Castillo and Mike Olt in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

The Brewers had the first shot at putting up some offense when Wood, after two were out in the first inning, walked three straight Brewer hitters.  But Khris Davis came to the plate and swung at the first pitch and grounded into an inning ending fielders choice.

Marco Estrada (3-2) pitched five innings, giving up four runs and seven hits, including the two Chicago home runs.  Estrada has now given up 12 home runs in nine games this season.

Estrada says he didn’t have a feel for his pitches, especially his changeup, which he left up on Castillo’s two-run homer in the second that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs added a run in the third when Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena hit back-to-back two-out doubles.

In the Fourth inning, Olt clubbed his team-leading ninth home run of the season to make it 4-0.

The Brewers scored their only run in the fifth inning.  After Logan Schafer doubled, Rickie Weeks followed with a two-run homer to cut the Cubs lead in half.  But the only other Brewer hit would come in the 9th when Ryan Braun would lead off with a double to right.

Wood (4-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven to give the Cubs two wins in the three game series.

The Brewers had been scoreless for 20 straight innings, since the second inning Friday, and struck out 39 times in the three game series.  The Brewers have scored a total of 11 runs over the last five games.

Wily Peralta pitches game one of series in Atlanta against the Braves tonight.

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