Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada had never pitched against the Milwaukee Brewers or ever seen a Brewers lineup before Wednesdays game, and was able to limit the powerful offense to two runs and six hits and help his team win game three 4-2.
The real story of the night and something that Brewers fans did not want to see, and that was another starting pitcher get hurt and leave the game early. Starter Kyle Lohse, aggravated his already sore ankle while batting and left the game after throwing three innings. . "It didn't feel right from the start, then kind of tweaked it trying to check that swing from there I just couldn't push off the way I want to" Lohse said in a postgame interview. "I just need to be careful." Good signs indicate it is a minor setback.
Before leaving the game, Lohse was roughed up on all four Cubs runs and seven hits taking the loss. Two of the four runs came on back-to-back home runs in the inning after aggravating the ankle.
The upcoming schedule works in the Brewers' favor. An off-day Monday either allows Lohse an extra day of rest before he pitches again Tuesday, or allows the Brewers to skip his start and use others on regular rest in that series.
Marco Estrada was the next arm out of the bullpen and he kept Milwaukee in the game throwing four shutout innings only allowing two hits, but the offense could not amount a comeback.
The Brewers offense was nearly facing being shutout for the second straight game, but in the seventh Wada started to leave balls up in the zone. The lone two runs came when Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado went back-to-back on back-to-back pitches making the end result 4-2.
On the night the Brewers finished with six hits total and Maldonado was the only batter with two or more hits.
With the loss, Milwaukee avoided losing ground in the NL-Central as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins, the lead is still at 1 1/2 games.
Mike Fiers, who threw eight solid innings and picked up a win against the Dodgers in his last start, looks to help the Brewers split the series with the Cubs. Chicago will counter with Edwin Jackson. First pitch is at 1:20.