Coming off a series win against the Reds, the Cubs headed up to Milwaukee for a three-game set against the rival Brewers. Here are the results from the weekend:
- Friday, September 11th: Brewers 1, Cubs 0
- Saturday, September 12th: Cubs 4, Brewers 2
- Sunday, September 13th: Cubs 12, Brewers 0
Ryan Freaking Braun
Big Jon Lester brought his big brass balls up to Milwaukee. Unfortunately, the Cubs bats did not make the trip.
Lester showed up and pitched six innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight Brewers.
The Cubs offense did not show up, a common theme for your 2020 Chicago Cubs. Jon Lester can do all he wants, but it does not matter if the Cubs are only getting two hits against the Brewers.
Ryan Braun hit a walk-off sacrifice off Jeremy Jeffress. However, the run was not charged to Jeffress, but rather to Rowan Wick, who was pitching to start the ninth inning. This was his second inning for some reason, and that error possibly gave the Brewers a 1–0 victory.
Before the game, I decided I was done with all of the Cubs losing. It was time for a winning streak.
After eight innings, thoughts of misery once again entered my head. The Cubs may be in first place, but outside of the first few weeks, this season has been nothing short of the frustration of your food delivery being just minutes late. You know the Cubs could show up at any minute but the frustration builds and builds.
Kyle Hendricks threw 7.2 innings of no-walk baseball. He made one mistake to Ryan Braun, allowing a two-run home run. Entering the late innings of the game, the Cubs bats still remained dormant.
Josh Hader entered the game in the ninth inning, and it's safe to say spirits were low.
Javier Baez started it off with an opposite-field single. Tony Two Chains entered the game as a pinch hitter and roped a single for himself. Jason Heyward was down to his final strike and then this happened...
That home run injected this team with energy. This is what starts a run, I am telling you folks!
Ildemaro Vargas added an insurance home run for good measure. Craig Kimbrel came in and shut it down for his second save of the season. Saturday night resulted in a huge W for the Cubs.
Alec Thomas Mills, welcome to the no-hit club, you freaking stud.
The offense did great, the bats could be back, 12 runs is something you love to see! Sunday wasn't about the offense, however, it was about Alec Mills.
Alec Mills was a walk-on relief pitcher at UT Martin and he just threw a no-hitter in the MLB.
This was Mills' 15th career start in the majors. He did not allow a single hit on Sunday afternoon.
114 pitches, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 0 hits.
Take a look at how much his teammates backed him.
This team is coming together, so it's time for the North Siders to string together some more wins after a fantastic Sunday afternoon.
What's On Tap Next?
The Cubs have an off-day on Monday before their second-favorite AL Central opponent, the Cleveland Indians, comes to Wrigley on Tuesday evening.
- Tuesday, September 15th: Yu Darvish vs. Carlos Carrasco
- Wednesday, September 16th: Jon Lester vs. Aaron Civale
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