The Cubs came into Wednesday’s game with a chance to win their series against the Brewers and move into first place in the division. Unfortunately, a quality start from Mike Montgomery was wasted as the Northsiders failed to generate any runs.
After stranding runners on third the first two innings, the Brewers took the lead in the 3rd. The increasingly annoying Lorenzo Cain smoked a 3-1 Montgomery fastball over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead. The Cubs could not get anything going against big righty Jhoulys Chacin. They got seven men on base, but stranded all of them in six innings of work.
Monty didn’t allow much else to the Brew Crew after Cain’s homer, going six strong innings of his own. Joe Maddon went into his bag of tricks in the 8th inning, playing the matchup game by swapping Brian Duensing and Steve Cishek between the mound and left field for four hitters. It didn’t matter in the end, as Milwaukee’s lights-out pen slammed the door shut. Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader, and Corey Knebel finished off the final three innings to preserve the shutout. (Box score)
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Source:: Cubs Insider