The Cubs won the first of a key four-game set in Milwaukee.
Entering this series with the Brewers 3½ games ahead, the Cubs won to improve to 85-66 and lead by 4½ games. Their magic number to clinch the N.L. Central dropped to six.
This recap was going to be all about Joe Maddon and what I felt were some questionable lineup-change and bullpen decisions, but thanks to Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, all is happiness and light around here this morning.
Baez’s two-out, two-strike RBI single in the ninth and Bryant’s two-run 10th-inning homer led the Cubs to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Brewers, one of the more entertaining games of the season, and one the Cubs are certainly glad went into the “W” column.
As has often been the case in this crazy season, there’s a lot to unpack from this nearly four-hour game, so let’s rewind to the beginning.
Jake Arrieta, in his first start in 17 days, looked strong. His velocity and location were good and he showed no signs of the hamstring injury that made him miss two and a half weeks.
Kyle Schwarber put the Cubs ahead in the second inning: