First Place Cubs

June 11, 2018, the day the Chicago Cubs regained position of first place in the NL Central. Both the Brewers and the Cubs went into Monday’s night game knowing what was at stake, first place in the standings. Monday’s night game started off with a battle of the starting pitchers, but ultimately the Brew Crew would end up striking first with a home run from Eric Kratz in the bottom of the 3rd. Two innings later in the top of the 5th, Albert Almora Jr. singled to Ryan Braun to score Javier Baez to tie the ball game at 1 a piece. In the bottom half of that inning, Jonathan Villar hits his sixth home run of the year giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The next few innings were quiet, Cubs were still having a hard time getting runs in off of pitcher Junior Guerra. Things started to get pretty interesting in the top of the 8th. Milwaukee brought in Josh Hader, who has been on an incredible run as of lately. An extremely cool fact is that before tonight, the Brewers had been 21-0 in games in which Hader pitched in. Jason Heyward singled to right to score Ben Zobrist to tie the game at 2. This was only Hader’s 11th hit and 5th ER given up this year, wow! Jason Heyward has been unbelievable during the last couple of weeks, it’s almost like him and Kris Bryant have switched bodies with Bryant’s recent slump. Both teams tried to score within 9 innings, but could not get it done. Fast forward to the top of the 11th, your Captain Anthony Rizzo was not going to let Cubs fans at Wrigley North go home upset. Instead, Rizzo moonshotted the first pitch he seen off of Matt Albers. His 10th home run of the year, just fair down the right field line. This gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead, and really ignited the Cubs offense. The Cubs would go on to score 4 more runs that inning, RBI’s by Zobrist, Almora, and Heyward. The Cubs would go on to shut down the Brew Crew in the bottom of the 11th to take game one of this exciting series. Jose Quintana’s final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, and 3 SO’s. Many of the Cubs hitters struggled in this game, but a few stood out during this win. Lead off man Albert Almora Jr. went 3-6, with 2 RBI’s, Heyward went 3-6, with 3 RBI’s, Baez went 2-4, scoring 2 runs, and pinch hitter Zobrist was 1-2, with 1 RBI. Onto Milwaukee’s stat line, Junior Guerra pitched a fairly good game, but ultimately got a quick hook as manager Craig Counsell began to lose faith in his pitcher. Guerra’s final line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 4 SO’s. Some notable hitters in the lineup were Jonathan Villar who went 1-3, with a HR, and Eric Kratz who went 1-4 with a HR. Those were the only two runs the Brewers would score, thanks to the great outing from the Cubs bullpen. Overall, it was a strong defensive game for the Cubs, and the offense showed up when their backs were against the wall. This game has to feel good for the players, and the fans. It sounded like a home game at Wrigley with all the cheers for Cub players. Enjoy this win Cubs fans, and tune in tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m CT. to see which team will take game 2!

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