Left field for the Milwaukee Brewers has become the land of opportunity since former MVP Ryan Braun was suspended and Caleb Gindl was the latest young Crew outfielder to take advantage. Gindl was 3-for-3 with three RBI and finished a double short of the cycle as the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs Monday night at Miller Park 6-1.
Khris Davis earned a lot of attention in August for his fine play in left field, but he’s missed most of the last week or so with a sore left wrist and Gindl is taking advantage. The rookie drove in a run with a triple in the fourth inning and helped seal the deal with a two-run homer to straightaway center field in the seventh.
Wily Peralta (10-15) got the win for Milwaukee, allowing one unearned run on five hits over six innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler worked a scoreless inning each, while Michael Gonzalez got the first two outs of the ninth before Donovan Hand got the final one.
Edwin Jackson (8-16) took the loss for Chicago despite allowing just two runs on two hits. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth and got into a heated discussion with manager Dale Sveum before retreating down the tunnel to the clubhouse.
The game had a sort of spring training feel—there were five errors (three by Chicago, two for Milwaukee) and 11 pitchers used (six for the Cubs, five for the Brewers). The win improved Milwaukee’s mark against Chicago this season to 11-5.
The Crew had the bases loaded in the second inning after Jackson walked three men in a row with two outs, but Peralta struck out on three pitches to end the threat and Milwaukee squandered another scoring chance in the third. Norichika Aoki reached second on a throwing error by Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro, advanced to third on a passed ball with no one out … and was stranded there. Jean Segura flew out to left field on a diving catch by Junior Lake, Jonathan Lucroy struck out and Aramis Ramirez grounded out on a comebacker to Jackson to end the frame.
Jackson fell off the edge in the fourth. Scooter Gennett flared a single to left field with one out for the Crew’s first hit and Gindl followed by smashing a triple into right-center field. Martin Maldonado laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Gindl and wound up at second base when Jackson threw the ball into right field. He later took third on a throwing error by third baseman Luis Valbuena.
The Cubs got a run back in the top of the fifth. Welington Castillo led off with a blooper down the right field line. Gennett got to it, but the ball popped out of his glove. Aoki retrieved it and tried to get Castillo at second base, but a wild throw allowed Castillo to motor all the way to third on what was ruled a double and an error on Aoki. Peralta got the next two hitters, but Castro lined a single to center for the two-out RBI.
The Brewers put it away in the sixth. Gindl reached on an infield single, went to second on Maldonado’s sacrifice and scored when pinch-hitter Yuniesky Betancourt singled to center. Segura later slashed a double near the left-field line that chased home Betancourt to make it 4-1.
Gindl’s seventh inning homer off reliever Zac Rosscup closed the scoring.
The teams resume their four-game set Tuesday night at Miller Park, with Marco Estrada (6-4) scheduled to pitch for Milwaukee and Jeff Samardzija (8-12) slated to go for Chicago. Game time is 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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