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Brewers offense sputters as Cubs win 5-0

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The Milwaukee Brewers failed to get anything going offensively as they fell 5-0 to the Chicago Cubs today at Wrigley Field. Their ace, Freddy Peralta, worked through five stressful innings and kept Milwaukee in the game, but ultimately the Brewers’ inability to get hits in big moments cost them. On the other hand, Cubs starter Javier Assad wasn’t untouchable, but he did just enough to keep the Brewers off the board.

Milwaukee almost took an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a one-out double, William Contreras advanced to third base on a groundout by Tyler Black. With two outs, Willy Adames hit a ground ball between short and third, but a nice play was made by Dansby Swanson, whose throw beat Adames by one step.

Milwaukee threatened again in the third when Sal Frelick hit a two-out double, but Contreras – who has spoiled us so badly in these situations that it almost felt like a certainty that he would come through – grounded out to end the inning . The Brewers also had two runners on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, but a combination of bad luck and good Cubs defense kept Milwaukee off the board.

Peralta, meanwhile, fought his orders, but he was also nearly unhittable early. The Cubs’ only hit through four innings was a bloop single by Ian Happ, but Peralta trailed hitters and had walked four in that same span. However, he was able to limit the damage with some defensive assists, including a nice double play on a line drive to Oliver Dunn, who first doubled off Christopher Morel.

However, the Cubs broke through in the fifth. Pete Crow-Armstrong reached on an infield hit and Peralta’s control betrayed him again when he hit Miguel Amaya on a 2-2 pitch. With two on, Chicago scored their first solid hit of the game when Nico Hoerner doubled into the right field gap to drive in both runners. With two outs and Hoerner on third base, Peralta placed a curveball in the dirt that Contreras couldn’t handle, making it 3-0. It was a struggle, but Peralta eventually made the final out to end the fifth and his day.

The Brewers’ attack could no longer be answered in the top of the sixth, and in the bottom half of the inning, Swanson greeted new pitcher Thyago Vieira with a solo shot to the stands in left field. Yency Almonte replaced Assad in the sixth and had no trouble eliminating the Brewers in order.

In the end, the Brewers continued quietly. Chicago picked up another in the bottom of the seventhe on a Morel RBI single off Janson Junk, and the Brewers couldn’t get anything going offensively. Adames and Rhys Hoskins both hit balls that might have come out on a quieter day in the Windy City, but other than that, the Brewers couldn’t muster anything other than an Oliver Dunn single against the Chicago bullpen.

Despite all the early traffic on the bases, the Brewers were eliminated as they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base. Freddy Peralta had his shaky start to the year, although not terrible, and the Cubs were able to take over the series. There wasn’t much to write home about offensively; only Contreras reached base more than once, with his double in the first inning and walk in the fifth. Peralta allowed only three hits, but he walked six, hit a batter and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. It led to three earned runs in five innings, while striking out five.

The Brewers are back in action tomorrow night in Kansas City against the Royals. That game kicks off at 6:40 PM CT, with Bryse Wilson taking on KC ace Cole Ragans.