In scheduling/marketing put into place long before the first pitch of the season was thrown the meeting between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on Monday evening was designated a Marquee Game. Only time will tell if a class-action lawsuit follows. Long left in the dust by the top three clubs in the National League Central Division the Cubs and Brewers began a four-game series with a comedy of errors in the early innings. No music from Benny Hill or the Three Stooges played over the PA system but you get the picture. It was the Brewers who had the staying power however pulling away to a 6-1 victory that increased their lead over the last-place Cubs to 3½ games. And let's face it no matter how dismal your season you don't want to finish in the cellar along with moldy wine bottles and a leaking water heater. "I never want to finish in last place" said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We're still playing to win every game. Whether we're playing to spoil somebody's chances to get in the playoffs or playing to stay out of last place there are a lot of things you can say we're playing for. "But we're really out there to try to win every game." Both teams are giving freshmen a chance to show what they can do and on this night it was Brewers outfielder Caleb Gindl putting on a show. Starting in small part because of Khris Davis' ailing wrist but mainly because Roenicke wanted him to get some action Gindl went 3 for 3 with a triple home run walk three runs batted in and three runs scored. Roenicke showed tremendous confidence in the left-handed-hitting Gindl giving him the green light on a 3-0 count when he tripled in a run in the fourth inning and allowing him to face lefty Zac Rosscup in the seventh when he smacked a two-run homer. "I'm just trying to find my swing a little bit" Gindl said. "Tonight it felt like it came back to me. It felt like it was back to the norm.." Cubs veteran Edwin Jackson and Brewers rookie Wily Peralta entered the game tied for the league high with 15 losses apiece. Jackson would be pulled after four innings have words with manager Dale Sveum in the dugout and get saddled with loss No. 16. Peralta would battle through six innings to break into double figures in victories. "He scuffled off and on with his command but made some really good pitches when he needed to" Roenicke said of Peralta who allowed five hits no earned runs and struck out seven in six innings. Both teams had scoring opportunities early but couldn't cash in. In the top of the first the Cubs' Luis Valbuena walked and Anthony Rizzo grounded a single through the right side. With the count 3-2 and the runners going Peralta struck out Schierholtz and catcher Martin Maldonado nabbed Valbuena at third for an inning-ending double play. Tthe Brewers loaded the bases with two down in the bottom of the second when Jackson issued consecutive walks to Scooter Gennett Gindl and Martin Maldonado. Jackson quickly got out of the mess by striking out Peralta on three pitches.
Sloppy game to avoid last place still counts as a victory for Brewers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 17