Milwaukee Brewers end long road trip with loss to Cubs

CHICAGO — The road trip didn’t go long enough as expected, so the Milwaukee Brewers went into extra innings Wednesday night.

For the second night in a row, the Brewers lost in the final batting to the Chicago Cubs, this time with a sacrificial fly by Christopher Morel spoiling the memorable debut of Milwaukee starting pitcher Jason Alexander.

Making his major league debut, undrafted former free agent Alexander went seven innings for the Brewers, allowing just two earned runs.

His night started off rough, walking three times as four of the Cubs’ first five batters of the game reached base as they took a 2-0 lead, but he quickly settled in and began to induce grounder after grounding. He recorded 13 outs via ground balls and none on a fly ball.

THE SCORE OF THE BOX:Small 4, Brewers 3

The Brewers scored three unanswered runs to go ahead, 3-2, on a Jace Peterson RBI brace in the fifth. On the play, Mike Brosseau was initially ruled out at the plate, but a successful Milwaukee challenge showed he had slipped his foot in front of the tag.

Peterson had three more hits in the game, adding a triple and another double. He scored after his three-bagger in the third on Kolten Wong’s left single with one out.

Chicago tied the game in the bottom half on a two-run single from Willson Contreras.

The Brewers got just one goal the rest of the way after a brace with a Peterson out in the seventh. At 10th, they did nothing with the auto-runner at second base. Lorenzo Cain hit swinging, Peterson advanced to third on a wild pitch but was sent off at home on a Kolten Wong pitch and Tyrone Taylor blew on reliever Mark Leiter Jr.

In the bottom half, Nick Madrigal moved auto-runner Jason Heyward to third on a grounder. Heyward scored with ease on a mid-deep volley to Christian Yelich on the left.

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