Brewers: Taylor Jungmann struggles in loss at Wrigley


For the first time in his brief major-league career, Taylor Jungmann couldn’t make the adjustments.

The Milwaukee Brewers rookie right-hander had the shortest outing in his 12 big-league starts Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, knocked out in the third inning of a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

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Jungmann (6-4) was touched up for four runs—two earned—in just 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and walking three with three strikeouts.

He just didn’t have it, whatever the reason.

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Jungmann was pulled after issuing a walk to his opposite number, Cubs pitcher Dan Haren, in the bottom of the third and needed 81 pitches to record just eight outs.

“I still have to make pitches,” Jungmann told when asked about Milwaukee’s two errors behind him. “I didn’t really put myself in many positions to make pitches. You can’t make pitches in 2-0 counts, 3-0 counts, when guys are sitting on stuff. I backed myself in a corner in a lot of those situations.”

The Brewers (48-66) made three errors on the night.

Chicago (63-48) got three runs—just one of them of the earned variety—in the bottom of the second. Kris Bryant doubled just under the glove of Khris Davis in left field and Jorge Soler drove him in with a single.

Logan Schafer, starting in center field, misplayed Miguel Montero’s single, allowing Soler to advance to third, and another error let Soler score. Haren bunted the ball back to Jungmann, who threw home in time to get Soler, but Jonathan Lucroy dropped the throw.

Aug 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (68) slides safely into home as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) attempts a tag during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Dexter Fowler later added a sacrifice fly that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Anthony Rizzo had an RBI double after Chicago had a call overturned on video review. Chris Coghlan walked to lead off the inning and was called out attempting to steal second. Cubs manager Joe Maddon challenged the out call, which was reversed.

Rizzo followed with a liner to the gap in center.

Milwaukee got a run back in the top of the fourth. Adam Lind led off with a double to center, moving to third on a groundout. Elian Herrera then slashed a double to left field for the RBI.

Aug 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Adam Lind (24) celebrates after hitting a two run home run during sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

In the fourth, right-hander Tyler Thornburg walked Rizzo with the bases loaded—his third walk of the inning—and then hit Soler with a pitch to force in another run.

Lind closed the scoring in the sixth with his 17th home run of the season, a blast to right-center after Davis had walked.

Haren (8-7) went 5.1 innings in his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs and four relievers combined to close it out, capped by James Russell, who picked up his first save of the season.

Thornburg allowed two runs on a hit with three walks and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Kyle Lohse worked a scoreless fifth and sixth, allowing a hit and a walk with a pair of strikeouts. Neal Cotts went 1.1 innings with a strikeout and Corey Knebel retired Chicago’s last two hitters.

Lind finished 2-for-4 as Milwaukee mustered seven hits.

Shane Peterson started the game in right field after Ryan Braun sat out with a stiff back. Braun did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and flew out.

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