Cubs' Baez collides with Heyward year after Schwarber injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 13:07
Both Baez and Heyward avoided any serious injuries, but the Cubs wound up losing the game in a 2-1 extra-inning affair.
The Cubs moved six players to the infield and kept left field open for Manny Pina, but Montgomery's 0-2 offering skipped past home plate to allow Braun to score the winning run.
Braun led off the inning with a single before moving to third after Jesus Aguilar walked and Jett Bandy was hit by pitch.
Chicago loaded the bases against Jared Hughes (1-0) in the ninth but Ben Zobrist bounced into a double-play to end the inning.
Brewers fans cheered loudly, drowning out the sea of blue-clad Cubs fans who made up about two-thirds of the crowd of 28,000-plus at Miller Park.
Brett Anderson's Cubs debut quickly became a side story just three pitches after he left Friday's game in the sixth inning at Miller Park.
"It was scary", said Baez, who had some swelling above his bloodshot left eye. Milwaukee is 5-11 in their last 16 home games against a right-handed starter and 1-5 in their last 6 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.
"I felt good about giving us a chance, but bad about giving up a hit at the most inopportune time of my outing", Anderson said. "I'm certain he'll be fine by tomorrow".
"The problem there was I did not want to use (Pedro) Strop or (Carl) Edwards", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
The play happened on the anniversary of Kyle Schwarber's major knee injury, when he collided with Dexter Fowler chasing a fly ball in Arizona. He will likely be tested for a concussion and will likely be out of the lineup for Saturday's game in Milwaukee.
Brewers: OF Keon Broxton was eager to return to the batter's box a day after getting hit in the helmet by a 92 miles per hour fastball. The Brewers' game-tying rally in the sixth began innocently enough as Anderson got two quick outs to start the inning. He struck out in his only at-bat. This is a game I see Chicago bouncing back and running away with, so I'll take them on the run line to give my bet more value. Over the first 226 games of his career, he has totaled 231 strikeouts and just 34 walks.
"We were able to make some really good defensive plays behind me, even that second inning, Aguilar with that play was unbelievable", Hughes said. In 32 career starts against the Rockies, Kershaw is 18-5 with a 3.08 ERA but at Coors Field, he owns a 4.63 ERA.