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Brewers 11, Cubs 1: Death by a thousand cuts

I watched this game so you didn’t have to.

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The Cubs lost to the Brewers 11-1 Tuesday night.

There! That’s your summary of this loss. Onward to the next game!

Oh. You come here after every Cubs game for a recap, and therefore, you will have one. But before I do that, and before you read it, I want you to remember this:

Not only that, but the Cubs lost the last game of that series 15-2. Sound familiar? Oddly enough, the Cubs starting pitcher in that game was Mike Montgomery.

You might not also remember that the Cubs actually had a 1-0 lead in Tuesday night’s game. That lasted about five minutes, when Montgomery loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter and then wild-pitched in the tying run.

And that was about the most reasonable way the Brewers scored in this game. Their next five runs scored on: sacrifice fly, sacrifice fly, two errors and a hit by pitch. The first sac fly followed an error to Javier Baez that was later changed to a hit, the hometown scoring sparing Javy the error, but making that run earned, not that this really mattered.

By that time — the end of the sixth — the Brewers led 6-1 and that brought a parade of Cubs relievers and spare part position players onto the field, bolstered by September callups. It felt like a spring-training split-squad game by the time it ended. Things of significance:

  • Brandon Kintzler again was ineffective.
  • Brian Duensing got pounded, his season ERA heading towards 8.
  • We got to see Terrance Gore bat, an unusual occurrence. He battled, but eventually struck out.

Anthony Rizzo left the game a couple innings after fouling a ball off his foot:

Later reports indicated that Rizzo should be fine to play in Wednesday’s game.

Here’s one Cubs highlight worth a look, a terrific throw [VIDEO] by David Bote to end the fifth inning.

That’s it, really. There’s no point in belaboring this game, or worrying about it too much. These things happen, even to really good teams. Or did you not notice that the Red Sox, running away with the A.L. East this year and have 96 wins already, got shut out by the White Sox 8-0 on Sunday? It happens. I could probably, if I looked, which I am not inclined to do, find games like this Cubs loss for just about every World Series champion, every single year. Go look at the 2016 Cubs, for example, and you’ll find quite a number of defeats just like this one.

Here’s how Cubs players are looking at this game:

End of story. It counts for only one loss, no matter how bad it feels.

The Cardinals also won Tuesday evening, so the Brewers trail by three games and the Cardinals by 4½. The Cubs still lead Milwaukee by four in the loss column and St. Louis by five.

And if the Cubs win Wednesday, they will have a four-game lead back, with 23 remaining.

Jose Quintana, who has had career success against the Brewers, will go for the Cubs in Wednesday night’s contest, against Brewers righthander Jhoulys Chacin. Game time is again 7:10 p.m. CT, and TV coverage will be via WGN.

This team will be fine. Take Albert Almora Jr.’s words to heart and stop worrying.