SCHWARBER RETURNS TO CUBS, GOES 0-FOR-4 IN LOSS TO BREWERS
CHICAGO» Kyle Schwarber returned to the Cubs after a two-week stint in the minor leagues and started Thursday’s game against the Brewers, where his offensive struggles continued.
Schwarber, batting fifth and playing in left field, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Ryan Braun homered to ignite a sevenrun third inning and the Brewers beat the Cubs 11-2 for their fourth straight victory.
Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs before being lifted after the sixth because of the lopsided score. Domingo Santana had four hits and two RBIs, and Jesus Aguilar added three hits and an RBI.
Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs, who have not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak June 18-20.
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