Gindle leads Brewers over Cubs

Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MILWAUKEE -- With promising and hot-hitting rookie Khris Davis still dealing with a nagging wrist injury, Milwaukee Brewers manager played a hunch and gave another rookie, Caleb Gindl, the start in left field Monday against the Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson.
The hunch certainly paid off as Gindl went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs in the Brewers' 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Miller Park.
The rookie was hitting .241 in 48 games this season but matched up well against Jackson, according to Roenicke. He got off to a good start, walking his first time up and putting the Brewers on the board in the fourth with a one-out triple against Jackson.
He added a single in the sixth and a two-run home run, his fifth of the season, in the seventh, giving him home runs in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
"I was just trying to find my swing a little bit," said Gindl, whose playing time has dwindled while Davis emerged as the everyday left fielder during Ryan Braun's suspension. "Tonight it felt like it came back to me. The big thing was just being in a hitters count. I felt like I put myself in a good position to get a good pitch to hit."
The only Brewers player with multiple hits, Gindl's offensive exploits helped make up for a shaky defensive effort. Milwaukee committed two errors Monday, increasing their National League-leading total to 109 on the season.
"It certainly wasn't as good as you'd like to see played," Roenicke said. "You guys know I like to see clean ball games, and it wasn't."
Jackson (8-16) sailed through his first three innings, not allowing a hit and working around three consecutive two-out walks in the second inning. But he was done in by bad defense in the fourth.
Scooter Gennett scored on Gindl's one-out triple in that inning. Gindl then scored when Jackson's throw to first on Martin Maldonado's sacrifice attempt sailed over Anthony Rizzo's head -- sending Maldonado to second.
Maldonado was about to be doubled up at second on Peralta's line drive to third, but Luis Valbuena's throw bounced off the glove of Darwin Barney, sending Maldonado to third before Norichika Aoki struck out to end the inning.
"We got a couple of breaks again today," Roenicke said. "It's nice. We've been getting some breaks lately."
A Brewers error put Welington Castro at third base to open the Cubs' fifth. With only one out and a chance to put a run on the board, Sveum sent Brian Bogusevic up to bat for Jackson, leading to a heated exchange between Sveum and Jackson in the Cubs' dugout.
"He was already at 75 pitches and as many one-run ball games as we've played -- and in this ball park -- I decided to take a shot at tying it back up and making sure we scored that one run," Sveum said. "He wasn't real happy being taken out of the game. I understand that but that's my decision and I'll leave it at that."
Bogusevic struck out but Chicago finally got on the board when Starlin Castro drove in Castillo with a single but was left stranded when Luis Valbuena flew out to left, ending the inning.
Jackson allowed two runs on two hits and three walks during his four-inning stint and downplayed any rift between himself and the manager after the game.
"I didn't have a problem with him, I still don't have a problem with him. No grudges or anything like that," Jackson said. "It happens. I was caught off guard a little bit, but it's the nature of the game, he's the manager. He can make the calls whenever he feels like he needs to."
Castro finished 2-for-4 and was the only Chicago player with multiple hits.
Wily Peralta (10-15) earned his second victory in three starts, holding the Cubs to just one unearned run on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a six-inning effort.
NOTES: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was back in the lineup Monday after missing two games with a sore left wrist. ... Peralta and Jackson began the night tied for the National League with 15 losses this season. ... Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Sveum's MLB managerial debut. He took over when the Brewers fired Ned Yost with 12 games to play in 2008 and lost his first game as interim manager, 5-4, to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He spent three more seasons as a coach in Milwaukee before taking over the Cubs in 2012.

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