Although Sean Halton's first career grand slam was the big blow, it was Chris Rusin's pitches out of the strike zone that proved more costly to the Cubs.
Halton's homer capped a five-run first inning that included two walks by Rusin (2-5) and Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago 7-0 on Wednesday night.
''Obviously he got the ball up a couple times in bad situations, but I think the walks were the biggest thing that happened,'' Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ''That first inning, he had a chance of getting out of there and walked a guy and then Halton gets a 3-2 pitch up in his eyes and hits it out of the ballpark.''
Jean Segura walked with one out in the first and advanced to second on Jonathan Lucroy's single. Aramis Ramirez singled in Segura. After Carlos Gomez flied out, Khris Davis walked to load the bases. Halton then drove a 3-2 pitch 370 feet over the right-field wall f...