Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs fall to Brewers 2-1


Chicago Cubs’ rookie Tsuyoshi Wada found himself in a pitchers duel with Milwaukee Brewers’ Wily Peralta on Saturday night.

Wada (4-4, 3.25 ERA) worked through five innings, giving up two earned runs off eight hits (one home-run) while issuing one walk, and striking out four in the 2-1 loss to the Brewers (82-79).

Cubs’ (72-89) First baseman Anthony Rizzo gave Wada a 1-0 lead during the top of the third inning on a RBI double to drive in Chris Coghlan. Rizzo now has 76 RBIs on the year along with 31 home-runs as he leads the club in three offensive categories with only one game left to play.

Peralta (17-11, 3.53 ERA) got the best of Chicago’s lineup – striking out a career high 13 batters in tonight’s victory over the last place Cubs. He was charged with only one earned run on the night, holding the visiting team to just five hits while issuing one walk.

Brewers’ outfielder Carlos Gomez tied the ball-game up at one run a piece during the bottom of the third inning – launching his 23rd home-run of the season to deep left-center field. Gomez would later score just two innings later on a Jonathan Lucroy RBI double to take a 2-1. Lucroy passed former Texas Ranger and Detroit Tiger Ivan Rodriguez (45) for most doubles in a season by a catcher with 46.

He currently leads the Major’s with 53, one more than Miguel Cabrera, and 10 ahead of Freddie Freeman.

Both teams will close out their 2014 schedules as Jacob Turner (1-4, 6.98 ERA) takes on Mike Fiers (6-4, 1.92 ERA) with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM CT.

Chicago Cubs baseball will come to us live for the final time on WGN 720 AM, and possibly WGN America.