How it happened: After two outs in the first inning, Cubs starter Edwin Jackson walked the next two batters before Scooter Gennett doubled them home for an early Brewers lead. They added to it when Khris Davis sent a ball into the left field stands for a solo shot in the third. Elian Herrera and Carlos Gomez added RBI hits in the fourth to extend the lead further. Meanwhile, Mike Fiers was striking out Cubs left and right. He fanned 14 in just six innings. A day after hitting a home run out of Wrigley, Javier Baez struck out four times. The Cubs scored a couple of runs in the seventh as Chris Valaika's pinch-hit brought two home but that was it offensively. Milwaukee tallied once in the eighth on a Mark Reynolds home run off of Kyuji Fuikawa.
What it means: Jackson continues to struggle and may not be long for the starting staff. With September call-ups around the corner, he could be stashed in the bullpen to allow others to pitch. The Cubs haven't hinted at this but that doesn't mean they aren't considering the options. His 5.74 ERA is dead last (93rd) in the major leagues among qualified starters. Next to last is nearly a point better at 4.96. He's done nothing to improve his status from last year.
Fiers fans 14: Fiers is the first pitcher since Curt Schilling in 2003 to strike out 14 Cubs. This, after striking out 13 against Triple-A Iowa earlier this year. On Thursday, he got Baez three times while Chris Coghlan, Arismendy Alcantara and Just Ruggiano all went down twice. Reliever Will Smith had two more strikeouts to up the total to 16 on the day for the Cubs.
Turner debut: Newly acquired righty Jacob Turner relieved Jackson and threw 2 1/3 innings of perfect baseball. Turner is a candidate to get some starts down the stretch, maybe in place of Jackson.