How it happened: An awful first inning sunk the Cubs as the first five batters reached via error, single, home run, double and triple. But starter Jeff Samardzija finally shut the door after four runs had crossed the plate, giving his team a chance. The visitors put up three of their own in the third inning on home runs by Luis Valbuena and David DeJesus. But the Cubs offense stalled after that despite putting the leadoff hitter on base in seven consecutive innings. The teams exchanged late-inning home runs when the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez went deep followed by Anthony Rizzo the next inning.
Sveum ejected: Cubs manager Dale Sveum was sent to the showers in the sixth inning after arguing with home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Guccione had removed his mask to respond to Samardzija, who yelled towards home plate after a borderline pitch to Ryan Braun was called a ball. Sveum got in his money’s worth before leaving the field.
What it means: There was some good that came of the loss in that Samardzija once again proved he can overcome adversity. Rizzo’s error on the opening batter and a perfectly executed hit-and-run set the tone for the awful first inning but after the damage was done, Samardzija retired 17 of the next 19 batters.
What’s next: The series continues on Saturday night when Edwin Jackson (0-2, 6.06 ERA) takes the mound for the 5-10 Cubs against the Brewers’ Hiram Burgos (first start of season). Game time is 6:10 CT.