CHICAGO – I will not lie to my readers, I missed the first inning because I was stuck in traffic on my way to the game. Avoid Lake Shore Drive at all cost, Cubs fans.
Travis Shaw started things off early with a double to deep left, scoring Eric Thames. Domingo Santana then grounded out to the pitcher, scoring Ryan Braun. Manny Pina then doubled to left, scoring Shaw, putting the Brewers on top 3-0 in the first.
It’s safe to say Anderson was getting rocked from the get-go. But Maddon believed in his starter and left him in to wear through the Brewers lineup.
In the third, Travis Shaw remained hot and doubled to deep center, scoring Thames while moving Braun to third. Santana then hit a sac fly, scoring Braun, adding to the lead, making the score 5-0.
In the fourth inning, Orlando Arcia added to the Brewers score with a solo home run. But in the bottom half of the inning, Miguel Montero, who I trash talked all game, hit a two-run homer, making the score 6-4.
The fifth inning featured the same hot hitting out of Travis Shaw, who homered, making the score 7-4 Brewers. But the Brewers would remain in-check during the inning, following the exit of starting pitcher Brian Anderson.
The sixth inning saw the Cubs wake up from hibernation, a four game hibernation. Albert Almora Jr. singled to left, scoring Montero and Javier Baez. Jon Jay then tripled to center field, scoring Almora Jr., tying the score at 7-7. Jay quickly scored on a passed ball by relief pitcher Jared Hughes. The score heading into the seventh inning was 8-7. The resilience of the Cubs was on full display throughout the game.
Hector Rondon relieved Edwards Jr. In the eighth. Rondon then pitched a scoreless frame, keeping the score at 8-7 heading into the bottom half of the inning. The Cubs would add another run in the bottom half of the inning on a Kris Bryant double.
Wade Davis came on in the ninth, looking to preserve the game and pick up a save. He made quick work of the Brewers lineup and snapped the Cubs losing streak, maintaining the win.
Kyle Schwarber: 1-4, 2-R HR, R
Anthony Rizzo: 2-4
Miguel Montero: 3-4, 2-R HR, 2 R
Eric Thames: 3-5, 2-R HR, 2 R
Travis Shaw: 3-4, HR, 2 2B, 2 R
The good. After a couple of tough loses the Cubs managed to rebound, even being behind 5-0 in this ballgame. The Cubs bullpen bounced back and held the Brewers scoreless following Brett Anderson‘s disappearance.
Brett Anderson was spotty throughout his appearance as he allowed 7 runs. I’m not sure what was worse, Anderson’s start or the traffic to get to the game. Regardless, Anderson will rebound next start to solidify his position as the #4 starter in the rotation.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kris Bryant doubled to left, scoring Willson Contreras. Anthony Rizzo then intentionally walked, loading the bases. Ben Zobrist then grounded into an inning-ending double play. Heading into the ninth, the score was 9-7 Cubs.
The Cubs return to action tomorrow against the Brewers, looking to earn a series victory in the rubber match of the three game series.
First Pitch: 1:20 PM (CT)
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