The first two games of the Chicago Cubs' weekend series in Milwaukee were downright abysmal. The North Siders needed someone needed to step up in a big way on Sunday afternoon to avoid a series sweep. Marcus Stroman was that guy.
The Cubs entered Sunday's ballgame being outscored 20-2 in the weekend series against the Brewers. Stroman helped right the ship by dominating across seven innings with five strikeouts, one walk, and two hits, all while celebrating his 31st birthday.
Patrick Wisdom contributed to the offense with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Seiya Suzuki added on with an RBI double in the sixth inning, and the Cubs avoided the sweep by defeating the Brewers 2-0 in the series finale.
Throwing his second straight quality start of the season, Marcus Stroman looks to be settling in very nicely in the Cubs’ rotation. After a couple of shaky starts, it’s great to see the right-hander dominate against a tough division team like the Brewers.
For the series, the Cubs lost two of three games and were outscored 20-4. Obviously, 20 runs given up by the pitching staff is not what Cubs fans want to see, but the offense was quiet as well. For the weekend, Cubs hitters had 14 hits, 36 strikeouts, and 10 walks.
The Chicago Cubs have an off-day on Monday before hosting their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox, for a two-game series beginning Tuesday.