Quintana shuts down Brewers, Cubs head home after 3-0 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs finally get to play at Wrigley Field again.

They are coming home on a high note thanks to another nice outing for Jose Quintana at Miller Park.

The left-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and the Cubs finished their longest season-opening road trip in more than a century by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Sunday.

Chicago wrapped up a nine-game trip at 5-4. It was the franchise's longest road trip to open the season since a 12-game jaunt in 1899.

''We need to get some type of stability about us. It's been a nomadic existence for a while,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon sad. ''But I'm really proud of our guys.''

Albert Almora Jr. added an RBI double in the fifth for the Cubs, who took three of four games from their NL Central rivals.

Quintana (1-1) finished off the series by striking out six and walking two. He is 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA in four career starts at the Brewers' hitter-friendly home.

He said he might be a little lucky in Milwaukee.

An effective curveball sure helps.

His toughest jam came in the sixth after Lorenzo Cain singled and Domingo Santana walked with one out. But after Ryan Braun flied out, Quintana struck out Jesus Aguilar swinging on a 75-mph curve low in the zone.

''All my stuff was working really well, I changed speeds the whole game,'' Quintana said.

Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Zobrist's solo shot off the foul pole in right against Chase Anderson (0-1) in the fourth gave the Cubs the only run they would need. The Brewers are scuffling at the plate, having been shut out for the third time during a seven-game homestand.

This isn't an ideal start for a team that hopes to challenge the Cubs again in the division.

''The greatest teams in baseball go through slumps. Bats get cold, the pitching isn't throwing the ball the way we want to throw it. It's April still,'' said Anderson, who allowed four hits and two runs over six innings.

Milwaukee also committed an error for the seventh straight contest after pinch hitter Tommy La Stella's hard bouncer caromed off Aguilar's chest at first into short right, allowing Victor Caratini to score from second.

The errors ''get a little magnified,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''Three shutouts in a seven-game homestand, that is probably the surprising thing for me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo missed a third straight game with back tightness. Maddon said Rizzo might miss the Cubs' home opener on Monday against Pittsburgh, but he wasn't ''overly concerned'' after talking to the first baseman and the trainer. ''Everything I'm hearing from him and the trainers is that he's doing ... better, so I don't think we're far off,'' he said.

Brewers: OF Christian Yelich went on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, four days after one of Milwaukee's prized offseason acquisitions got hurt during a 6-0 loss to St. Louis. The move was retroactive to Thursday. He was hitting .385 with one homer and five RBIs.

ROSTER MOVE

Milwaukee's Adrian Houser pitched two shutout innings before being optioned back to Double-A Biloxi. It was the right-hander's only appearance since being called up to replace Corey Knebel after the All-Star closer went on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a strained right hamstring. The Brewers said a corresponding move would be made on Monday.

QUOTABLE

''We've been on the road for a while,'' Zobrist said. ''Looking forward to that opening day tomorrow, and even though it will be cold, there will be a lot of people excited for that at Wrigley.''

AT THE PLATE

The Brewers' three shutouts this season have come against three of the toughest pitchers in the division: St. Louis' Carlos Martinez, and along with the Cubs' Jon Lester and Quintana.

''We've been pitching well. We have got to pick it up offensively, as much as anything,'' Counsell said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (0-1) gets the ball for the home opener. He has a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.

Brewers: Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) takes the hill when the team opens a six-game road trip at St. Louis. The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.89 career ERA against the Cardinals.

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  • W: J. Quintana (1-1)L: C. Anderson (0-1)S: B. Morrow (2)
  • HR: CHC - B. Zobrist (1)
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B. Zobrist 2B-LF41211000.360.448.520.9687.0
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A. Russell SS40000012.267.389.367.756-0.5
V. Caratini 1B41100021.211.250.263.5131.0
J. Heyward RF31100100.222.313.370.6833.0
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  • a-grounded out for Quintana in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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D. Santana RF30000111.250.333.281.6150.5
R. Braun LF40000012.156.222.375.597-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B30000112.364.533.455.9880.5
H. Perez 3B-2B30000011.083.083.083.167-0.5
M. Pina C30000020.185.241.333.575-1.0
J. Villar 2B30100010.294.294.324.6181.5
A. Houser P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Arcia SS30000001.133.188.133.3210.0
C. Anderson P10000011.250.250.250.500-0.5
a- E. Sogard PH10000000.071.188.143.3300.0
T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Shaw 3B10000000.282.300.462.7620.0
  • a-popped out-bunting for Anderson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora, W. Contreras (3)
  • 3B - W. Contreras
  • HR - B. Zobrist
  • SH - J. Quintana
  • RBI - A. Almora (2), B. Zobrist (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - L. Cain
FIELDING
  • E - J. Aguilar
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)6.03002604.501.2526.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.00000200.001.064.0
C. Edwards (H, 2)1.00000101.801.003.5
B. Morrow (S, 2)1.00000000.001.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.0
C. Edwards (H, 2)1.0
B. Morrow (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (L, 0-1)6.04222213.381.139.0
T. Williams1.02100300.002.002.5
A. Houser2.01000300.000.506.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (L, 0-1)6.0
T. Williams1.0
A. Houser2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 87-52, J. Wilson 19-14, C. Edwards 7-5, B. Morrow 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-4, B. Morrow 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, J. Wilson 3, C. Edwards 3, B. Morrow 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 89-53, T. Williams 24-14, A. Houser 33-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 6-8, T. Williams 1-0, A. Houser 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, T. Williams 6, A. Houser 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant 3B40000014.324.457.6221.078-0.5
B. Zobrist 2B-LF41211000.360.448.520.9687.0
W. Contreras C30200001.286.375.429.8046.0
K. Schwarber LF40000012.172.294.448.742-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Russell SS40000012.267.389.367.756-0.5
V. Caratini 1B41100021.211.250.263.5131.0
J. Heyward RF31100100.222.313.370.6833.0
J. Quintana P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- T. La Stella PH10000001.333.333.500.8330.0
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  • a-grounded out for Quintana in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF40200011.293.333.463.7970.5
D. Santana RF30000111.250.333.281.6150.5
R. Braun LF40000012.156.222.375.597-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B30000112.364.533.455.9880.5
H. Perez 3B-2B30000011.083.083.083.167-0.5
M. Pina C30000020.185.241.333.575-1.0
J. Villar 2B30100010.294.294.324.6181.5
A. Houser P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Arcia SS30000001.133.188.133.3210.0
C. Anderson P10000011.250.250.250.500-0.5
a- E. Sogard PH10000000.071.188.143.3300.0
T. Williams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Shaw 3B10000000.282.300.462.7620.0
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  • a-popped out-bunting for Anderson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora, W. Contreras (3)
  • 3B - W. Contreras
  • HR - B. Zobrist
  • SH - J. Quintana
  • RBI - A. Almora (2), B. Zobrist (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar
BASERUNNING
  • CS - L. Cain
FIELDING
  • E - J. Aguilar
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)6.03002604.501.2526.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.00000200.001.064.0
C. Edwards (H, 2)1.00000101.801.003.5
B. Morrow (S, 2)1.00000000.001.0010.0
Total9.0300290---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.0
C. Edwards (H, 2)1.0
B. Morrow (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson (L, 0-1)6.04222213.381.139.0
T. Williams1.02100300.002.002.5
A. Houser2.01000300.000.506.5
Total9.0732281---
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson (L, 0-1)6.0
T. Williams1.0
A. Houser2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 87-52, J. Wilson 19-14, C. Edwards 7-5, B. Morrow 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-4, B. Morrow 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, J. Wilson 3, C. Edwards 3, B. Morrow 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Anderson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 89-53, T. Williams 24-14, A. Houser 33-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 6-8, T. Williams 1-0, A. Houser 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, T. Williams 6, A. Houser 7
  • 7TH INNING
    La Stella safe at first on 1st baseman Aguilar fielding error, Caratini scored, Heyward to third, La Stella to second30
  • 5TH INNING
    Almora doubled to right, Heyward scored20
  • 4TH INNING
    Zobrist homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Heyward flied out to shallow left
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Morrow relieved Carl Edwards
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to third
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adrian Houser pitching
    • Travis Shaw at third
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Contreras tripled to deep right center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • Javier Baez at second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia flied out to center
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to right
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Taylor Williams pitching
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Caratini singled to right center
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward singled to left, Caratini to second
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Jose Quintana
    • T. La Stella: Ball, La Stella safe at first on 1st baseman Aguilar fielding error, Caratini scored, Heyward to third, La Stella to second
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Justin Wilson pitching
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez lined out to center
    • M. Pina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist singled to right
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Zobrist out at second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Schwarber grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Sogard hit for Chase Anderson
    • E. Sogard: Sogard lined out to first
    • L. Cain: Cain singled to left
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Santana walked, Cain to second
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Braun lined out to right, Cain to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Caratini struck out looking
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked
    • J. Quintana: Quintana hit sacrifice bunt to first, Heyward to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Almora doubled to right, Heyward scored
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bryant flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist homered to right
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Contreras hit by pitch
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Contreras out at second, Schwarber grounded out to catcher
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Russell flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Braun: Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aguilar to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Heyward popped out to shortstop
    • J. Quintana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Quintana struck out on foul tip
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Almora walked
    • K. Bryant: Bryant lined out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Villar doubled to deep right
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain fouled out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras doubled to deep right center
    • K. Schwarber: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber fouled out to catcher
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell flied out to left
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Caratini popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to second
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina popped out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant flied out to center
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Foul, Cain singled to shallow right center
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cain picked off at second, catcher to first
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)