The Milwaukee Brewers came into town and frustrated Cubs fans throughout the entire weekend. The Brewers won three of four games during a series Cubs fans would rather forget.
- Thursday, August 13th: Cubs 4, Brewers 2
- Friday, August 14th: Brewers 4, Cubs 3
- Saturday, August 15th: Brewers 6, Cubs 5
- Sunday, August 16th: Brewers 6, Cubs 5
Darvish Continues to Deal
Yu Darvish is an MLB ace and the world needs to start acting that way. Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Thursday. Yu ended up with 11 strikeouts and allowed just one hit.
Kyle Schwarber helped the Cubs’ offense with a bomb of his own.
David Bote, Javy Baez, and Ian Happ also helped out with an RBI. The Cubs kicked off the series on a strong note, bringing them to 13-3 on the season.
Christian Yelich Ruins Alec Mills Outing
Tyler Chatwood was a late scratch due to back tightness so it was up to Alec Mills to take the bump on Friday night at Wrigley Field.
Mills put together a superb outing other than one hanging changeup to Christian Yelich. The slugger’s three-run home run was the difference as the Brewers took game two of the four-game series.
Ian Happ, Jason Kipnis, and Anthony Rizzo did their best to keep the Cubs in the game by adding RBIs of their own.
New Extra Innings Rule Leads To A Cubs Loss
RHP Colin Rea was called upon to make the start on Saturday after Tyler Chatwood was scratched from his start on Friday. He was very okay, allowing three runs in 3.1 innings.
The Captain, Anthony Rizzo, had himself a day at Wrigley. The Gold Glove first baseman had one home run, two RBIs, and three total hits on the day.
Ian Happ continued his scorching hot start to the season with two doubles. Steven Souza deposited a home run in the basket to tie the ballgame up.
Unfortunately, that was not enough for the Cubs, as Avasail Garcia’s double in the tenth inning was the difference. The Cubs dropped the third game of the series 6-5 to the Brewers.
A Sunday That Was Not Enjoyable
The Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on Sunday but that was not enough for the veteran Jon Lester.
Lester had his first subpar outing of the season, letting up five runs and nine hits over six innings. Jason Kipnis provided a clutch two-out, two-run double in the sixth to tie up the ballgame.
Sadly, this was not enough as the Brewers once again beat the Cubs 6-5 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The North Siders’ record now stands at 13-6.
On Tap Observations
It cannot be said enough but Ian Happ has by far been the best player on the Cubs team this season. Series after series, he continues to produce. It cannot be said enough on this website, Ian Happ is an offensive force.
On the flip side, something is wrong with Kris Bryant. He was scratched from a game this series due to a lingering left wrist/ring finger issue. He has missed pitches he usually hits out of the ballpark and truly does not look like himself at the plate. I hate to say it, but it may be time to end the KB leadoff experiment because the Chicago Cubs will not compete for a title without production from the former MVP.
Lastly, Craig Kimbrel actually looked okay. He struck out two in the eighth inning of the series finale and it actually looked like hitters did not know what was coming when he threw his curveball. It will be interesting to see how David Ross uses Kimbrel moving forward, but it is encouraging nonetheless.
The St. Louis Cardinals come to town for the unprecedented five-game series starting with a doubleheader today at Wrigley Field.
- Monday, August 17th (Game 1): Kyle Hendricks vs. Kwang Hyun Kim
- Monday, August 17th (Game 2): TBD vs. TBD
- Tuesday, August 18th: Yu Darvish vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon
- Wednesday, August 19th (Game 1): Alec Mills vs. Jack Flaherty
- Wednesday, August 19th (Game 2): TBD vs. TBD
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