Well isn’t that just what the doctor ordered?
The Cubs came into today’s series-opener against the Brewers with a 1.5 game deficit in the division and a three-game winning streak on the line. But instead of imploding – like they have at times this season – they absolutely went off for 7 runs, including three homers (Castellanos x2, Schwarber) and five doubles (Happ, Schwarber, Bote, Quintana, Baez)!
And there’s not really much more to say about it than that! It was simply a good win.
Jose Quintana was fantastic for 5.2 scoreless innings, which was a nice bounce-back outing for him, and the bullpen mostly cruised from there (well, Pedro Strop let up a couple of hits and a run, but today’s a good day … why spoil it?).
Bigger-picture: The Cardinals don’t play the Reds until 7:15 CT, so we won’t know if the Cubs will wake up tomorrow morning with a 0.5-game or 1.5-game deficit until later tonight, but at least they made some progress against the Brewers, who are now 5.0 games behind the Cubs in the Wild Card race, and 6.0 games behind the Cardinals in the Central.
And we’re obviously not rooting for this, but IF they lost Keston Hiura, who was removed from the game with hamstring tightness, for any serious amount of time, this could be the beginning of the end for Milwaukee. Let’s just play it one game at a time for now.