It’s not often you see the Cubs on the losing end of a silly conclusion, but so it was tonight, as Mike Montgomery’s bases-loaded pitch squirted past Willson Contreras. The Brewers walked off without having to do a whole lot. Bully for them.
That came in the 11th inning after Mike Montgomery had given the Cubs two very solid innings. He was quite clearly toast at that point, burying pitch after pitch, but there was no one up in the bullpen, even as he loaded the bases. Here’s hoping all of Wade Davis, Carl Edwards Jr., and Pedro Strop were deemed completely unavailable for the game, because otherwise, that made no sense at all.
The Cubs’ bats just couldn’t get going against Jimmy Nelson (haven’t we heard that before?), with a Ben Zobrist dinger the only run they scored on the night. They had a great chance in the 10th inning, with the bases loaded and one out, but that same Mr. Zobrist bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Brett Anderson wasn’t as pinpoint with his command early as he might have liked, but tonight is unquestionably what good Anderson looks like: pitches of all types diving downward and creating groundball contact. He held the Brewers scoreless through five, before giving up a run in the 6th with two outs, and immediately after a runner moved up on a not-that-wild pitch that Willson Contreras couldn’t corral. (Note: both Brewers runs came after the benefit of a wild pitch that Contreras didn’t stop.)
For the fourth straight game – each game this season – Jason Heyward had a hit. They haven’t all been rockets, and he also still looks a little late on high heat, but it’s a start. Unfortunately, Heyward’s night also involved the kind of hit you never want to see, a collision in shallow center with Javy Baez. Hopefully he’s going to be OK.
In the end, I think we know the real story of the game: