CHICAGO (AFP) – Mike Bruso cheered for the Chicago Cubs when he grew up in northwest Indiana. It was estimated that he went to about 50 games at Wrigley Stadium as a fan.
Well, Sunday was a very fun day.
Homer cut Brousseau’s first career tie in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 5-4 in their first win of the season.
“I come here a lot. The full circle is now playing here,” Bruso said.
Milwaukee acquired Brousseau in a business deal with Tampa Bay in November. He had never played for Wrigley as a key player prior to appearing in his first two games for the Brewers.
With his parents and some high school teammates in the stands for the end of the series, the 28-year-old put Milwaukee ahead by pushing him into the center against Daniel Norris (0-1) for his first success with his new team.
“Really cool. Yes, sure.” Bruso said. “Kind of looking back now that I’ve started a little bit, you can kind of see how amazing the story is (it’s).”
Willie Adams and Rudy Telles dived in, too, helping the central NL champions overcome the shaky performance of rookie Freddy Peralta. Christian Yelich took two hits and drove off.
After contacting Brousseau, he took over the reins of Milwaukee.
Brad Bucksberger worked (1-0) seventh, stranding the runner in third when Jonathan Villar retired on a close call at first base backed by a replay review. Devin Williams then got three points before Josh Hader hit a 1-2-3 goal in his first save.
“It’s one of our strengths, to try to shorten the matches and make these players really strong at the end of the matches,” Director Craig Consell said.
Seiya Suzuki hit his first major in Chicago’s major league, and Marcus Strowman made five effective runs in his debut with the Cubs. The Cubs were trying to go 3-0 for the first time since 2016.
With two runners and two runners in the first and two in the first, Suzuki 3-1 led the field from Peralta into depth of field.
Suzuki, who signed a five-year $85 million contract with the Cubs last month, also had three RBIs during Saturday’s 9-0 win.
“I feel like I’m still trying to find the perfect balance in my buddies and try different things every day,” He said through a translator. “I feel like I haven’t gotten there yet in terms of my edits.”
Strowman, who signed a $71 million three-year contract with Chicago on Dec. 1, let go once and take two hits, delighting the 32,858 crowd on a sunny afternoon.
Strowman called the atmosphere “Lovely electric.”
“The energy from the moment I got out there was amazing,” He said. “Seeing everyone get out there early is the energy I look forward to all year long.”
The right-handed came out with a 3-1 lead, but the Brewers jumped all over Jesse Chavez for sixth. Yelich doubled Adames’ home, and Tellez hit a solo drive to the right center in his first home of the season.
The Cubs were tied at 4 on two wild pitches by Jake Cousins with two naysayers in the bottom half, but The Brewers advanced to stay in Brosseau’s 17th home.
Peralta, who went 10-5 with a 2.81 ERA for Milwaukee last year, allowed three hits, hit six and walked four times in four innings.
It was a tough opening series for the three novice Brewers of Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Peralta. They made 13 earned runs and 10 walks in 12 2/3 runs.
Cubs: Ian Hap rested after being knocked out of Saturday’s win when he injured his left knee on a pitch in the seventh inning. “he is fine” Director David Ross said. With Monday, Ross said it makes sense to give happiness another day. …LHP Wade Miley (elbow inflammation) felt fine after playing Saturday, according to Ross. He was scheduled to play catch again before setting off on Monday. …RHP Alec Mills (lumbar strain) was scheduled to throw a simulator game in Arizona on Sunday.
Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser starts Monday in Baltimore. Houser went 10-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 28 games last year. LHP Bruce Zimmermann throws pitches for the Orioles in their home opener.
Cubs: After a day off, LHP Drew Smyly starts Tuesday in Pittsburgh. 32-year-old Smyly went 11-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 29 games, 23 games, with Atlanta last year. Former Cubs LHP Jose Quintana plays for the Pirates in the opening game at home.