For Doubleday Double Talk’s MLB Game of the Day for April 5th, we make the trip to Milwaukee where an exciting showdown between the Chicago Cubs and the Brewers featuring a slugfest between the two powerhouses.
Jose Quintana took the mound for Chicago while Brandon Woodruff took to the mound for the Brew Crew. Little did either starter know that neither of them would make it past the fourth inning in today’s game. The game in total featured eight home runs and 23 total runs scored.
The Brewers jumped on Quintana early with Christian Yelich doubling to left center to score Lorenzo Cain from second. Ryan Braun then came to the plate and hit a single to center to score Yelich and Braun moved to second when Jason Heyward made an error on the play. By the end of the first, the score was 2-0 Brewers and they were just getting started.
With the bases loaded in the second, Yelich hit a ground ball that went for an RBI on a fielders choice after the double play attempt failed to convert. With two outs, there was a Chance for Quintana to escape the jam. He proceeded to give up a mammoth three-run home run to left to make the score 6-0 Brewers after two.
With the score still 6-0 going into the third, Hernan Perez ripped a homer off Quintana to make the score. 7-0. The next hitter, Yasmani Grandal, would make it 8-0 in the next at-bat by hitting the first home run of his Milwaukee Brewers career.
After the third inning came to an end, so did the worst outing of Jose Quintana’s career. Quintana’s eight earned runs allowed were five less than what he gave up in his prior 72 1/3 innings against the Brewers.
“I think they really ambushed against me tonight,” Quintana said. “They jumped on me right away. When I gave up the homer against Braun, I think the game changed their way. It’s really tough this time. It’s not fun. I feel really bad. I tried to pick up my teammates. We’ve had a couple really bad games.”
The Cubs finally put some runs on the board in the top of the fourth when Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer off Woodruff for his first as a Cub and Kris Bryant added an RBI double in the inning. With the Cubs now cutting Milwaukee’s lead to 8-4, Woodruff’s night was over at the conclusion of the inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Cubs continued to chip away at the lead after Wilson Contreras launched a solo home run to left, but Orlando Arcia responded in the fifth with a two-run shot of his own to the opposite field.
With the score at 10-5, Eric Thames came up with two runners on a destroyed a pitch into the right-field bleachers to make the score 13-5 in the Brewers’ favor.
The Cubs would come back with five runs throughout the rest of the game but would not come close to leveling the score as the Brewers cruised to their sixth consecutive victory of the 2019 season. The Brewers are now 6-1 while the Cubs continue to struggle with a 1-6 record (thanks to a six-game losing streak). The Cubs certainly can attest that this Brewers team is no joke in 2019.