WP: Zach Davies (17-8)
LP: Kyle Hendricks (6-5)
SV: Corey Knebel (34)
HR: Travis Shaw (29)
It started behind the effort from Zach Davies today. He pitched seven innings, allowing just one run. The run came in the second, when the Cubs led off with the only walk that Davies allowed on the day. Javier Baez bunted Ian Happ to second, then Rene Rivera drove Happ in to put the Cubs up 1-0. Beyond that, Davies did allow six other hits, with two runners on base in the fourth and sixth innings. However, none of them scored to keep the Cubs at bay. He also had six strikeouts on the day.
Meanwhile, the Brewers had some early struggles against Kyle Hendricks. They only managed two baserunners in the first three innings on a hit and a fielding error. In the fourth, they began to turn that around. Ryan Braun led off with a single, then stole second. Travis Shaw drew a walk, and Hernan Perez bunted them both over to second and third. Stephen Vogt then hit a groundout to second that Braun was able to score on, tying the game up at 1-1.
The big hit came in on the sixth inning. Neil Walker led off the inning with a walk, then Ryan Braun flew out. Travis Shaw came to the plate, and hit the second pitch he saw from Kyle Hendricks out to right field for a two-run home run, putting the Brewers ahead for good at 3-1.
The Brewers did manage two baserunners in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but couldn’t add on to their lead. They turned to Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel to finish out the game. Swarzak had a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts in the eighth. Knebel worked around a weak single in the ninth to strike out the side and close out the game.
It was a good series overall for the Brewers. Finished up with a couple of good statistics of note:
Brewers sweep the Cubs at Wrigley for the first time since May 2002. Back to within two games of first place with 19 to go.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 10, 2017
The Brewers are now just two games behind the Cubs, though the Cardinals also kept pace with a win over the Pirates today. The Rockies are also on the verge of a sweep of the Dodgers to maintain their three game wild card lead, leading 2-0 in the seventh at the time of this writing.
These two teams will meet up again in a week and a half. The Brewers have two series against the Pirates and one against the Marlins first, while the Cubs will face the Mets, Cardinals, and Rays during that time.
Next up is a quick trip back to Miller Park for a three game series against the Pirates. Brandon Woodruff will face Steven Brault in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 6:40 pm.