What could have been a tremendous season-opening road trip for the Milwaukee Brewers ended in disappointing fashion on Wednesday afternoon.
Addison Russell hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz that capped a four-run ninth inning and lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 Wednesday. They had a 5-0 lead in yesterday's ballgame before Jimmy Nelson and the bullpen melted down, and then the late-inning relief corps blew a three-run lead in the latter stages of today's ballgame. They're also a flawless 6-0 in their last six road games when facing a right-handed starter and have won four straight games a righty overall.
The Chicago Cubs fell behind early in the game and were staring at their fifth loss in their last six games. Schwarber struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and popped out in the ninth. The 27-year-old has yet to record a quality start, as he gave up four runs over six frames in a win at Milwaukee on April 8 and lasted just five innings while allowing three runs in a loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. It was a second-inning solo shot off Brewers starter Tommy Milone. Encarnacion added an RBI groundout for Cleveland after entering the game with one homer and two RBIs this season.
Chicago trailed 3-1 when Albert Almora Jr. reached Anderson for a two-run double in the third inning.
Scherzer (2-1) struck out seven and walked three in recording his third consecutive quality start.
Nobody said it was going to be easy the second time around. All three were expected back in Kansas City on Tuesday when the Royals open a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
Hundley doubled into the left field corner with two outs to set up Panik's game-winning hit off Scott Alexander (0-1). Mark Melancon pitched the bottom of the inning for his third save in four opportunities.