After the Brewers broke out to an early 5-0 lead in this one, the Cubs’ win expectancy sank to under 10%, and the collective of Cubs fandom was ready for another night-long cycle of recriminations and staving off panic.
… and then the Cubs chipped away, and chipped away, and after a Kyle Schwarber two-run shot, a Miguel Montero two-run shot, and an Albert Almora two-run single, they were down by just a run. Jon Jay tied it up with a triple, and scored the lead run on a wild pitch.
It was every kind of awesome, and exactly the kind of win the Cubs (and the fans) needed after the last four games.
Brett Anderson was not getting the ball where he wanted it, and the Brewers did not miss their chance to jump all over him, particularly the big bats in the order. Perhaps it was cosmic payback for Anderson’s last starter, which featured similarly not-so-inspiring contact but fortunate results.
But, outside of a solo homer given up by Brian Duensing, the Cubs’ bullpen was perfect, allowing the bats a chance to come back. Great win.