By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Cubs returned home from Cleveland, where they split a two-game set, to host the division rival Milwaukee Brewers. Cubs were playing better baseball and the Brewers were riding an eight-game win streak when they arrived at Wrigley Field Thursday evening. Seemed like it would be a tough series and taking 3/4 would sound like a dream again.
It ended in a Cubs four-game sweep.
It was not exactly dominant in terms of scores as all the games were close. Finals scores of 1-0, 3-2, 3-0 and 2-0 saw little offense but some incredible pitching. Cubs starters did not allow an earned run in the series and the only two Milwaukee runs were scored via sacrifice flies. Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood combined for 27 innings with the only run being unearned in the first inning of game two. It was good seeing Yu Darvish bounce back with eight strikeouts and avoiding a meltdown in the fifth inning. Brandon Morrow converted 3/3 save opportunities.
There was just one home run hit in the series and it was Kyle Schwarber’s solo shot which won the first game 1-0. Cubs scored the winning run in the eight inning on Thursday due to an Eric Sogard error at short on a Javier Baez grounder. The Brewers defense was shaky in the bright sun and win Saturday when Almora scored the winning-run on a popup that dropped in shallow-center. Tyler Chatwood helped his own cause Sunday with an RBI single.
The Cubs are riding a five-game winning streak in which they are scoring three runs or less in each game. That is a team record. They will continue to play the Rockies this week.
Here are some top-five plays:
-Yu Darvish Friday threw a 64 MPH curveball/changeup pitch to get a strikeout
-Albert Almora made a running catch towards the wall in the opener vs. the Rockies
-Kris Bryant with a sliding stop in foul territory to rob Noel Cueves in opener vs. the Rockies
-Kyle Schwarber’s solo home run being the game-winner Thursday night
-Ben Zobrist robbed Jonathan Villar with a diving snag up the middle Saturday vs. the Brewers