MILWAUKEE – Orlando Arcia faced an unusual defense when he hit the ball in the ninth inning with the game on the line and had a chance to help the struggling Milwaukee Brewers win her heated department rival.
Against a five-man infield, Arcia flared up an opposing field individual to sing with one raising the brewers across Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday night.
"At this point, I'm just trying to get in touch, get the ball out and try to get the ball in the goal," Arcia said.
With the score of 4: All, Manny Pina drew a one-out run Mike Montgomery (0-1). Knall hitter Hernan Perez hit a slow roller and threw himself into the first corner when third baseman Kris Bryant drove past Victor Caratini due to an error and Pina advanced to third place
"To be honest, I should not have even thrown it was all the way to safety, "Bryant said." I was just trying to do a play there. "
Arcia's hit set off a celebration near the second base.
" These situations make you a player do better, so make it even better, "Arcia said.
Matt Albers (1-0) allowed a goal in two scoreless innings for his first win for the Brewers (19659006) kept abutting for 22 consecutive innings and consecutive 2-0, who entered the fifth, the brewers got a spark, as assistant Josh Hader led the inning with his first major league hit.Two balls later, Thames tied with play with a homer to starter K. to center yle Hendricks right away.
Ryan Brown singled, and Shaw homered for a 4-2 lead.
"It felt good to score again," Shaw said. Hader's first hit was thrilling, and after the fifth inning we woke up somehow. "
Chicago battled it in the sixth when Javier Baez hit a RBI triple from Jeremy Jeffress and came home as the second baseman Eric Sogard skipped third base for a mistake.  Milwaukee placed the runners in second and third place without failures in the bottom half. After three strokes from Justin Wilson in the seventh, Steve Cishek relieved Lorenzo Cain.
Hendricks allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. Milwaukee's Brian Woodruff, who made his first start after a pair of relief appearances, posted two runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings and 95 pitches.
Russell and Caratini met the RBI singles in the first.
Hendricks said he expects the Cubs and Brewers to wage an intense battle for the title NL Central. "We know that they will be at the head of the division all year," he said. "We know they are a deep, resilient group, it's going to be a dogfight."
Bryant is also expecting a yearlong battle. "You seem to be a funny group there," he said. "Sure, it can get a bit annoying, but we'll do the same, it's a nice little rivalry."
The game temperature was 64 degrees in Miller Park and a cool 30 degrees outside.
The Cubs are the only team that still has a home game. They will play against Pirates on Monday at Wrigley Field. When the series ends with Milwaukee on Sunday, the Cubs have opened the season with nine games on the road, the longest run for the franchise since the Chicago Orphans played their first 12 games from home in 1899.
Bryant was in no hurry to return to Wrigley, given the current weather conditions. "It's really cold in Chicago," he said.
Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo did not play because of the back-tightness. "He shot a lot extra yesterday," said manager Joe Maddon. "I'm not too worried."
Brewers: All-Star Closer Corey Knebel went down because of a strained left Achilles tendon on the DL and is expected to miss four to six weeks. … RHP Adrian Houser has been recalled by Double-A Biloxi. Houser made two relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2015 and Tommy John's surgery the following year. "It was definitely a long journey," Houser said. … BY Christian Yelich missed a second game in a row with quite a weird narrowness.
RHP Yu Darvish (0-0, 10.38 ERA), scheduled for Saturday's Chicago start, left three runs in five innings last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his sole appearance against Milwaukee. Brewers RHP Zach Davies (0-1, 9.53) is 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 starts against the Cubs.
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