Coming into tonight’s play the Milwaukee Brewers held a 3-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. Well now it is a 4-game lead as the Brew Crew handed the smack down to the Chicago Cubs this evening.
This game was a nail biter for most of the game. In fact the game started off well for both teams. In the top of the first, Chicago took the early lead. Brewers starter, Freddy Peralta, walked lead off hitter, Joc Pederson. As so often happens, the lead off walk came back to hurt. The very next hitter took Peralta deep for a 2-run shot. Just like that, it was 2-0, Cubbies.
The Brewers came right back in the bottom of the first. Luis Urias opened the inning up with a single to left. Christian Yelich followed with a double that saw Urias get to third. Both Urias and Yelich scored when Avisail Garcia singled to center, and just like that, the game was tied.
Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the third. Avisail Garcia took Cubs’ starter, Kyle Hendricks over the left field wall.
The Brewers added on in the bottom of the sixth. With one out in the inning, Jace Peterson singled to center. He would later steal second base to get into scoring position. Keston Hiura keep up his hot hitting by punching a single through the vacated hole where the second baseman would have been normally. Peterson came around to score.
The Cubs would come back in the top of the seventh. With one out, Jose Lobaton drew a walk from Brad Boxberger. Again that walk came around to score when Patrick Wisdom went deep for the second 2-run homer by a Cubs’ hitter in the game. Suddenly it was a 4-4 ball game.
Things got dicey in the top of the eighth for the Brewers. Devin Williams got Kris Bryant and Jayson Heyward out to start the inning, but Eric Sogard doubled off the Brewers reliever. Williams then walked the next two batters to load the bases. The Cubs sent pinch hitter, Rafael Ortega up, and Williams promptly fell behind 2-0. Luckily, he was able to battle back and get Ortega to ground out to first and end the Cubs’ threat.
The Brewers put together their own threat in the bottom of the eighth. Avi Garcia led off by striking out, but Cubs’ reliever, Ryan Tepera walked Jace Peterson and Keston Hiura back-to-back. After a mound visit, Tepera was able to get ahead quickly, 0-2, on the struggling Jackie Bradley Jr. JBJ came through in the clutch this time. His double over the head of Ian Happ scored Peterson from second and sent Hiura to third, giving the Brewers the 5-4 lead.
Craig Counsell next sent a pinch hitter up in the form of Tyrone Taylor. Taylor drove home Hiura from third on a sacrifice fly to left. That was followed by a double from Luis Urias that scored JBJ.
That sent Tepera to the showers, and brought on Trevor Megill who intentionally walked Christian Yelich to get to Willy Adames. I bet you can guess what happened. He took Megill out and slammed the door shut on the Chicago Cubs.
And out they went...
Yet the fun was not over for the Brew Crew. Omar Narvaez followed the Adames bomb with a walk. Avi Garcia immediately singled to left. Jace Peterson was next, and he doubled to right scoring Narvaez and sending Garcia to third. Then Keston Hiura blasted another one. This time a 3-run shot for his third home run in four days.
These two teams go at it once again tomorrow night. Old pal, Zach Davies, takes the mound for the Cubs, while Brandon Woodruff goes for the Brewers. The game can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin, and it can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network.