Brewers vs. Cubs: a game to forget for the Brewers

MILWAUKEE Brewers stadium

The Brewers faced a loss against the Cubs 5-6 on Sunday afternoon, making it a night to forget. The humidity and the loss made yesterday an unbearable day for many Milwaukee locals and fans.

The Journal Sentinel reported:

A blowup seventh inning turned a three-run advantage into a two-run deficit in the span of six batters, and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Brewers, 6-5, at Miller Park in front of a sellout crowd of 43,310.

“That game was a little bit wacky,” said Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whose two-out home run in the ninth gave the Brewers one final gasp. “Four hours, (eight) minutes. And it was super hot and humid. It was a grind. They did a good job. Rizzo did a great job of hitting. It was a good pitch that he hit. It was probably a ball, and he put a good swing on it.

“The little stuff kind of led to a loss, but it is what it is and you move on.”

The game began turning in the bottom of the sixth for the Brewers, who were nursing a 4-1 lead.

They greeted veteran Joe Nathan — who was making his first appearance in a Cubs uniform — with a Jonathan Villar triple and Hernan Perez walk. Perez stole second, giving Milwaukee a season-high six on the day and putting runners in scoring position with the heart of the order coming up.

But Ryan Braun was called out on strikes, and Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter struck out swinging to let Nathan off the hook.

That failure to tack on runs quickly proved costly. After Guerra retired Javier Baez to open the seventh, manager Craig Counsell pulled him in favor of Smith, who had allowed a run in a 15-pitch appearance on Saturday night.

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