It was a beautiful day in Milwaukee for Brewers fans, not so much for Cubs fans however. After jumping ahead of the Brewers after Monday night’s victory in Milwaukee, the Cubs dropped the last two games of the series, surrendering the division lead in the process after being shutout in Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match.
The real underrated guy today was Mike Montgomery. Montgomery has been stellar since being moved to the starting rotation in place of the injured Yu Darvish. In Montgomery’s last three starts, he’s pitched 17.2 innings, allowing only 11 hits. Not too shabby if you ask me. On top of that, he’s only allowed two earned runs, and two walks in all three of his previous starts combined.
Today, he would go on to pitch one hell of a game for the Cubs. Montgomery cruised through the first two innings, until running into some trouble in the bottom of the third. With one out, and nobody on for Milwaukee, Lorenzo Cain hit a home run over the left field wall to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. That single run would be the only run scored in the game, and all that was needed for Milwaukee to shutout the Cubs for the second time in as many days.
Montgomery would go on the rest of the way, shutting the Brewers down through six innings, only allowing two hits and one earned run. Today’s start lowered his season ERA to 1.14.
The Cubs offense was struggling to find answers against Milwaukee’s, Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin had the Cubs hitters looking lost, only allowing four hits and striking out seven. Four Cubs’ hitters posted a combined 0-13 today. If four out of your nine batters go 0-13, it’s going to be pretty hard for your offense to find a groove.
The offense has been cold the past two days, not scoring one run in 18 innings. The Cubs left nine runners on base today. These two losses have allowed Milwaukee to regain a 1 1/2 game lead over the Cubs in the National League Central Division for the time being.
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon gave scuffling third-baseman Kris Bryant a day off to clear his head. Bryant has been struggling recently at the plate. This was a big series win for Milwaukee. Hopefully, the Cubs offense will come alive during the upcoming series. The Cubs have an off day tomorrow as they head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
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