The Brewers jumped on Jeff Samardzija early, though he wasn’t helped by a booted ball by Anthony Rizzo, followed immediately by a groundball to second base that would have been easily fielded, but for the runner on first going on a hit and run. Those two batters were followed by an 0-2 hanging slider bomb by Ryan Braun. A double (that should have been caught) and a triple later, and the Brewers were up 4-0 before the Cubs recorded an out. After that, Samardzija cruised a bit, but a late Carlos Gomez homer ended up being the difference.

The Cubs got a few runs back on homers by Luis Valbuena and David DeJesus, but they missed so many opportunities. They got the leadoff man on to start inning after inning and couldn’t do anything with it. Add another homer from Anthony Rizzo, and that was that for the Cubs.

Dale Sveum got the boot in the 6th inning when he came out to defend Samardzija, who had barked at the home plate umpire a little bit. The ump took off his mask to shout at Samardzija, and Sveum came out to (relatively calmly) ask the ump why he took his mask off (and mostly to protect his pitcher). He was booted almost immediately, and then he got upset.



In something that will be discussed/made fun of/head-scratched for years. You can pretty much ignore the actual box score on this one …

april 19 box




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