Today, the Chicago Cubs stepped up and said ENOUGH. They said 11 straight losses to the Brewers, sirs, that is PLENTY. Showing off that HEART. I can abide 11 losses. But 12? TWELVE?!?! GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT!
Ah, but seriously, the Cubs hung around with the Brewers this series, and put up enough today to avoid making some ugly Brewers-related history. The 8th inning was the difference, kicked off by a fourteen pitch walk by pinch-hitter Willson Contreras. The Cubs immediately went double, double, walk, (record-breaking) homer from there to not only take the lead, but build in a little distance, too. Which proved to be quite important.
Cubs fun facts of the day:
The last time* the Cubs beat the Brewers, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Báez both homered, Kris Bryant had three hits, and the Cubs were a game out of first place.
*April 23 at Wrigley Field
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) September 19, 2021
The Cubs had to watch the Brewers clinch a postseason spot last night, but no division clinching while the Cubs are in town.
Things got as dodgy as they can get in the 9th, with Rowan Wick notching two outs relatively quickly, but just like the other night, he seemed to wear down rapidly as the inning went on, and ultimately he gave up two runs and loaded the bases before he was pulled. Michael Rucker quickly got the final out.