Cubs pitchers out of control with 10 walks in 6-3 loss to Brewers

Kyle Schwarber‘s unplanned cameo in the infield Friday ended with him lying belly-first in the mud between second and third base.

It also immediately preceded an overdue, 1-hour, 59-minute rain delay during the Cubs‘ 6-3 loss to the Brewers that was chalk-filled with walks at Wrigley Field.

Schwarber was charged with two errors on one play after he charged from left field during a soggy sixth inning, trying to catch Jonathan Villar’s tricky popup. The ball bounced off Schwarber’s glove and fell between him and shortstop Javier Baez.

“I thought I had it the whole time,” Baez said. “I messed up.”

Schwarber compounded the miscue when, after retrieving the ball, he botched a flip to second while trying to force out Eric Thames. Both Thames and Villar eventually scored.

And so it went on a 46-degree day fit more for late October than late May, a day when Cubs pitchers walked 10, the Cubs defense made three errors and the few fans who braved the conditions were treated to a replay of postseason highlights from 2016 for a couple of hours until play resumed.

“That ball should never happen,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the popup. “That’s why they pulled the tarp. … The conditions weren’t baseball-esque.

“Please don’t blame Schwarber. That’s very unjust. The wind and where that ball blew back to, he made a great attempt at it.”

Save for inning-ending, run-saving, diving catches from second baseman Ben Zobrist to end the first and Schwarber in left to end the third, there were few highlights for the Cubs.

Starter Eddie Butler and first reliever Mike Montgomery were really out of control, throwing 140 pitches between them while issuing eight walks in five innings.

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