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Cubs Take Series From Brewers, Happ Hits Milestone Home Run, and More

There were several positives from the Cubs' weekend series win over the Brewers, including Ian Happ's 100th career home run.
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The Chicago Cubs finished off their three-game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 loss on Sunday, but still won the series. Let’s look at some of the positives from the successful weekend series at Wrigley.

Ian Happ Reaches a Milestone

Outfielder Ian Happ continued his successful season this weekend with a multi-hit game on Friday, a home run on Sunday, and two RBIs for the series. Sunday’s home run wasn’t just another long ball for the 2022 All-Star, however. Happ’s solo shot in the first inning game marked his 100th career home run, and his 13th of the season.

For the season, Happ is slashing .279/.353/.452 with 13 home runs, 31 doubles, two triples, 56 RBIs, and 46 walks. No, this weekend series wasn’t the most groundbreaking performance of his career, but it’s always a big deal when a player hits a milestone home run as Happ did on Sunday. Hopefully Cubs' fans will get to see Happ hit 100 more home runs at Wrigley throughout his career, but that’s a conversation for another day.

Madrigal Swings Hot Bat

Nick Madrigal reminded Cubs' fans this weekend just exactly why the North Siders acquired him at the 2021 trade deadline. For the series, the second baseman had six hits, including a clutch game-tying RBI single on Sunday, as well as three runs.

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After starting off the season slow, mostly because of stints on the injured list, Madrigal is back to his old ways of high contact and quality at-bats. Since returning from the IL in early August, Madrigal is hitting .327 with a .411 OBP and an .800 OPS. He bumped his batting average up to .260, which is a 40-point increase from the end of July. If he can keep this up, he will finish the 2022 season on a strong note.

Stroman and Steele Dominate on the Mound

Chicago Cubs' starting pitchers Marcus Stroman and Justin Steele shoved in back-to-back games this weekend, each pitching at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs.

Stroman deserved to earn the victory Saturday but settled for a no-decision. The right-hander held off the Brewers by allowing just two earned runs on two hits in 7.2 innings pitched with five strikeouts and four walks. After the game, Stroman discussed the atmosphere and energy at Wrigley Field, the Cubs' loyal fan base, and his future with the team.

Although the Cubs lost on Sunday, Steele was not to blame. The lefty threw six innings of no-run baseball with nine strikeouts, two hits, and just one walk, earning a no-decision.

For the season, Steele has a 3.25 ERA in nearly 114 innings pitched with 120 strikeouts and 46 walks in 23 starts. He has been a bright spot for the Cubs this year and is easily making his case for the No. 2 spot in the starting rotation next year at least.

The Cubs have a 17-11 record since the All-Star break and will look to win another series this week against the St. Louis Cardinals. The five-game set between the NL Central rivals begins Monday at 7:05 PM CT. Stay tuned to Cubs On Tap for news and content on the North siders.