Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Hendricks pitched shutout ball into the
eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-0, in the
second meeting of a four-game series between the division foes.
Hendricks (4-1) has made an immediate impact since being called up to the big
leagues, and the 24-year-old's latest gem had him limiting the NL Central
leaders to six hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings.
"That's something I've always done since I was little, is pitch quick,"
Hendricks said. "The pace of the game is big for me."
The rookie right-hander, who was making his sixth start, ran into trouble in
the eighth and was pulled with the bases loaded, and Pedro Strop kept the
Brewers off the board by getting Jonathan Lucroy to bounce into a double play.
Justin Ruggiano and Arismendy Alcantara both went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while
Anthony Rizzo added a solo homer for the victors.
Wily Peralta (14-7) squandered a chance at becoming MLB's first 15-game winner
by surrendering three runs on seven hits across 6 1/3 innings.
"He struggled with his command," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He made
some great pitches but overall he battled."
Peralta had won five straight starts coming in and was 10-1 in his previous 11
decisions. He was the victim of defensive adjustments in the second and fourth
innings and coughed up Rizzo's 26th home run of the year in the sixth.
The Brewers had the infield in with a runner on third and one out in the
second, and Ruggiano laced a single into the hole between short and third to
bring in Alcantara.
The same situation arose in the fourth with the same outcome, as Alcantara's
base hit to right got past a diving Mark Reynolds at first and allowed Starlin
Castro to score.
Rizzo went the other way for his first home run since July 22, and after Strop
escaped the eighth-inning jam, Hector Rondon hurled a 1-2-3 ninth to collect
his 15th save of the season.