Milwaukee – Highly popular Milwaukee prospect Aaron Ashby was dismissed for seven in the first inning of his big league debut, but Louis Uriahs hit home twice as the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 15-7 on Wednesday for their eighth straight win. gave.
The Brewers won the three-game series and extended their NL Central lead over Chicago to six games. The Cubs lost their sixth place in a row.
“Definitely an emotional roller coaster during that game,” said Cubs manager David Ross. “We weren’t at our best today.”
Willie Adams hit a Grand Slam in the fourth inning during an eight-run blast that put Milwaukee 14-7. His error at shortstop helped the Cubs break loose against Ashby at the start.
Ashby, 23, was charged with seven runs, four of them earning four hits and three walks. Of his 39 pitches, only 18 were strikes.
“I really can’t put a finger on that,” Ashby said. “Just sneaky hit after sneaky hit. Then, I couldn’t find the strike zone there at the end. But that’s baseball. I’d have to lock in that position and make some pitches. I couldn’t do that.”
Called to start from Triple-A, left-hander Ashby – and nephew of two-time All-Star pitcher Andy Ashby – was immediately in trouble.
Wilson Contreras led the game with a single and the Cubs loaded the bases without an outside. Xavier Baez hit a two-run single, Adams’ misplay scored another run, and Bunt’s single scored a run.
After a double steal, a run-scoring wild pitch and two walks, Ashby ran out of loaded bases, two outs and 5–0 behind. Miguel Sanchez gave relief and gave Patrick Wisdom a two-run single.
The five Brewers relievers combined for 8 1/3 no-scoring innings. Trevor Richards (3-0) finished with the win.
“The work that our bullpen did, especially the work that Sanchez and Richards did to stop them in their tracks today was really just fantastic,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “That was the game.”
Meanwhile, Milwaukee returned against Jake Arietta and the Chicago Bullpen.
“Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong for us lately,” Arrieta said. “It’s been tough. I had a chance to finish it. We had a seven-run lead, I just did poorly.
Uriyas played his first multiple-homer game in the Major and finished with three hits and four RBIs.
“It was just a crazy game,” Urius said. “It was wild.”
Jess Peterson scored three runs with a pair of singles.
Slumping outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was his second multi-hit game in the series and his fifth of the season.
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Chicago placed catcher Jose Lobaton on a 60-day injury list after suffering a sprained right shoulder in the final game of their 2-1 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
Lobaton was injured when he tried to stop Brewers’ close Josh Hader, who slammed into the ninth with two outs on Lobaton’s two-out chopper while trying to cover first. Lobaton landed awkwardly on his right shoulder and, after a long ordeal on the field, needed help building up his following after the game.
He is the latest backup catcher to be injured this season for the Cubs. Chicago signed veteran Austin Romain to play behind the Contreras in spring training, only to lose them in the 60-day IL in late April. His replacement, Tony Wolters, was cut later when the Cubs called up PJ Higgins from Triple-A, only to suffer a strained forearm that eventually required season-ending surgery on his flexor tendon.
Higgins’ injury opened the door for Lobaton, a 10-year MLB veteran, who appeared in six games for Chicago before his injury.
“Lobby didn’t do anything but be prepared and he wiggles his tail,” Ross said. “Hopefully, it will get better for him fast.”
Chicago recalled Triple-A Iowa catcher Taylor Gushu.
The Cubs: While Kris Bryant (right) and Anthony Rizzo (back) were ruled out of the series finale on Wednesday, Wisdom left the game with a left side tightness and a right eye injury.
Brewers: Second baseman Colton Wong (hamstrings) was dropped from the lineup but was available from the bench.
Cubs: After a day off on Thursday, the Cubs continued their 10-game road trip behind RHP Alec Mills (3-1, 5.11 ERA) on Friday in Cincinnati. Mills is 3-0 with 3.74 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) against the Reds and 6.43 ERA in four starts at Cincinnati.
Brewers: Milwaukee RHP tries to continue their winning streak behind Corbin Burns (3-4, 2.53 ERA), who gets his start in the first match of a four-match series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Despite the Rockies being caught for one run in six innings, there was no decision to dismiss Burns for his last time. He is 3-0 with 3.19 ERA in 15 career games against Pittsburgh.
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