Brewers vs Cubs Game 1: Three Up, Three Down


Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Garza took his revenge Friday night by shutting down his former team as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2.

Garza went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven. He earned his first victory in a Brewers’ uniform. Offensively, the Brewers racked up five runs on 12 hits — 11 of those came against Cubs’ starter Carlos Villanueva who fell to 1-5 on the season.

Let’s see which players helped their team win and what players failed to make any positive impact.

Three Up

1. Matt Garza: Garza absolutely took it to the Cubs and after the game said “It’s a lot of fun when you win,” poking fun at his former team.

2. Lyle Overbay: Overbay blasted his first home run of the season and collected another hit to boost his average to .267. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy with what Overbay and Reynolds have brought to the first base position.

3. Ryan Braun: After going 3-for-4 on Friday, Braun’s average now sits at .321, sore thumb and all. Braun also knocked in RBI No. 18.

Three Down

1. Carlos Villanueva: In five innings, Villanueva was blasted for 11 hits and ended the night with a season ERA of 10.42. How much longer can he stay in the rotation?

2. Anthony Rizzo: Three strikeouts in four at-bats for Rizzo on Friday. Teams won’t score many runs when their best hitter can’t even put the ball in play.

3. Khris Davis: Davis continues to struggle at home. After going 0-for-4 on Friday, he’s hitting .091 at Miller Park.