CHICAGO – The road trip wasn’t long enough as scheduled, so the Milwaukee Brewers went to extra innings Wednesday night.
For the second consecutive night, the Brewers lost in the final at-bat to the Chicago Cubs, this time with a Christopher Morel walk-off sacrifice fly spoiling a memorable debut by Milwaukee starting pitcher Jason Alexander.
Making his major-league debut, the former undrafted free agent Alexander went seven innings for the Brewers allowing just two earned runs.
His night got off to a rocky start, walking three as four of the first five Cubs hitters of the game reached base as they took a 2-0 lead, but he settled in quickly and started to induce grounder after grounder. He recorded 13 outs via ground balls and none on a fly ball.
BOX SCORE:Cubs 4, Brewers 3
The Brewers scored three unanswered runs to go ahead, 3-2, on a Jace Peterson RBI double in the fifth. On the play, Mike Brosseau was initially ruled out at home plate but a successful challenge by Milwaukee showed he snuck his foot in ahead of the tag.
Peterson had three extra-base hits in the game, adding a triple and another double. He scored following his three-bagger in the third on Kolten Wong’s single to left with one out.
Chicago tied the game in the bottom half on a two-out run-scoring single by Willson Contreras.
The Brewers got just one base hit the rest of the way following a one-out double by Peterson in the seventh. In the 10th, they did nothing with the automatic runner at second base. Lorenzo Cain struck out swinging, Peterson advanced to third on a wild pitch but was thrown out at home on a Kolten Wong grounder and Tyrone Taylor flew out against reliever Mark Leiter Jr.
In the bottom half, Nick Madrigal moved auto-runner Jason Heyward to third on a grounder. Heyward scored with ease on a medium-depth fly to Christian Yelich in left.
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