In one of the most anticipated series’ of the year, the Cubs, and their fans, traveled north to Milwaukee with a 1.5-game lead on the Brewers. One way or another, this series would set the tone for the division race over the course of the rest of the season.
Game one faced lefties Brent Suter and new Cubs starter Jose Quintana in what ended up being a pitcher’s duel. The Brewers were able to scratch together two runs on groundouts and just four hits. Suter held the Cubs scoreless over seven stellar innings. In the eighth, Javier Baez hit a mammoth solo home run, but Corey Knebel was able to shut the door on the Cubs and the game.
Game two may have been even tighter than game one. The Brewers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Ryan Braun double. There was no other action until a Kris Bryant rbi single in the 7th tied the game as both pitching staffs stood tall. The game would remain tied until Jason Heyward launched his 8th home run of the year in the bottom of the 11th to break the deadlock. Wade Davis would finish the job in the bottom of the inning to tie the series at one.
The rubber match started as another pitcher’s duel as John Lackey and Zach Davies both made it through five scoreless innings. Both teams put up a two spot in the 6th, only for the Cubs to add solo shots in the 7th and 8th. The Brewers were unable to do anything the rest of the way as the Cubs took the series 2-1, and a 2.5 game lead in the division.
What this means for the rest of the regular season is that the Cubs are seemingly back. They came into Miller Park, with a playoff atmosphere, and took two of three to keep chugging on their hot second half start. The Brewers will open a series against St. Louis on Tuesday, while the Cubs return to the friendly confines to square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks.