Cubs vs Brewers: The Battle for First

Well that’s a wrap from Milwaukee.  The Milwaukee Brewers win the three game series against the Chicago Cubs 2-1.  The Brewers now hold a 1.5 game lead over the Cubs for first place in the NL Central.  The series started off positively as the North Siders won game one Monday night 7-2 after a big 5 run 11th inning which started off with an Anthony Rizzo (11) leadoff solo home run.  The runs poured on from there with contributions from Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora Jr, and Jason Heyward.  But the runs stopped as soon as they started.  The Cubs would not score the rest of the series, as the dominant pitching rotation from the Brewers would take over the series.img_6238  Game two would see the Brewers defeat the Cubs 4-0. Cubs starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood would have a stat line of 5 innings, giving up 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, and 5 strikeouts.  The positive note from Chatwood’s outing is that he only allowed 2 walks, walks have not been in Chatwood’s favor this season.  The 4 runs would come from two Travis Shaw doubles, one in the 1st scoring Eric Thames, and Lorenzo Cain.  The second would come in the 3rd as once again Shaw would come through scoring Christian Yellich and Lorenzo Cain, which would come after a blundering rundown which would see Cain reach on an infield single.  The Cubs would go on to do nothing from there, as Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson would go 7 innings with 1 hit, 6 strikeouts, and 2 walks.  Kris Bryant would see his slump continue has he is now 0-16 since his last game with a hit.  With the rubber match today, the Cubs would send Mike Montgomery to the mound, who has pitched phenomenally for the Cubs since the injury to new Cub Yu Darvish.  img_6239Montgomery has posted a 1.05 ERA since becoming a starter, striking out 10, walking 2, and just giving up 11 hits.  The Cubs would go on to lose the rubber match 1-0, even with 6 hits, but just 3 walks.  The Brewers bullpen would return to their dominant stuff after Monday’s struggle.  The Milwaukee pen would give up just 2 hits, and no walks.  Montgomery would go 6 innings giving up just 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, 1 earned run, and 1 walk.  Any team would love if their starting pitcher give up just one hit, but the Cubs offense would go flat once again, just as they would the night before.  The lone run for the Brewers would come from a Lorenzo Cain solo home run.  Javy Baez was a bright spot, going 2-4 on the day, but came up hobbling after making a dazzling play late in the game.  Manager Joe Maddon, would sit Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Willson Contreras, three of his everyday starter.  The Cubs will get an off day tomorrow, before starting a weekend series with the MUCH hated St. Louis Cardinals, starting on Friday night at 6:15 with Jon Lester vs Michael Wacha. And as always I will leave you with this: GO CUBS GO.

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