Schwarber, Zobrist homer in Cubs' 7-4 win over Brewers

Beth Cruz
April 10, 2017

TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in nearly a year, and Minnesota beat Chicago for its first 4-0 start since 1987. A home run and several well-struck balls lead to a two-run inning in the first.

Milwaukee Brewers' Orlando Arcia (3) and Jonathan Villar react after turning a double play on a ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist during the 10th inning of a baseball game Friday, April 7, 2017, in Milwaukee.

CHICAGO KEY TRENDS: The Cubs are 6-0 in Hendricks' last six road starts, are 5-1 in his last six starts against National League Central rivals and are 9-3 in his last 12 starts dating back to last season. "It puts the pitcher at ease and gets us in that mode of swinging the bat and taking some good pitches, and we did that today".

Heyward was not in the lineup Saturday night.

Manager Craig Counsell and assistant athletic trainer Dave Yeager attended to RHP Jacob Barnes after he fielded a bunt single by Jon Jay in the eighth. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who was 0-for-13 in the three games at St. Louis, flied out to the warning track in the first inning and was hit by a pitch in the third. That cleared a roster spot for utility man Nick Franklin, who was claimed off waivers earlier in the week from Tampa.

But Maddon was careful not to declare Baez as his starting second baseman, similar to his days with the Rays when he said he never named a closer but used the same reliever in save situations.

JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener. Contreras' throw home to Montgomery was late, and the Brewers celebrated by mobbing Braun at the plate. I couldn't see what hit me until I watched the video.

When Anderson left the game, the there was a scare when Javy Baez and Jason Heyward collided in shallow center while attempting to chase down a popup.

Vargas (1-0) returned from Tommy John surgery last September and earned his first victory Friday since June 8, 2015.

Milwaukee optioned LHP Brent Suter to Triple-A Colorado Springs following the game.

It fit so well because tonight the Brewers played a very tight game against the Cubs, seizing upon the opportunities they got on offense and riding the sparkling performance of Jimmy Nelson.

LOB - Chicago 11, Milwaukee 4.

Inherited runners-scored - Suter 1-1, Hughes 1-0.

It was the first start of the season for Hendricks, the 2016 ERA champion.

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