That was a WILD one. The Brewers took the lead. The Cubs took it back. The Brewers took it back. The Cubs took it back. The Brewers took it back. But then the Cubs took it back for good.
YOU CANNOT STOP THE CHICAGO CUBS OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS, THAT’S JUST A FACT.
Although Keegan Thompson definitely seems to be wearing down, it was also a tough day to pitch at Wrigley Field – nice and warm with the wind blowing out to center field. In total, there were five homers in the game, with three of them coming off of Thompson.
But Steven Brault, Michael Rucker, Mark Leiter Jr., and Brandon Hughes each had a scoreless appearance to make the Cubs’ final lead stand up. How about Mark Leiter Jr. in particular? Struck out the side in his inning of work, all swinging at his increasingly nasty changeup. Dude wants to lock in a bullpen job for next year, and – out of the pen – he’s been quietly fantastic this year.
Brandon Hughes got another save opportunity (presumably because of the lefties), and notched his second straight save on a game-ending double-play:
Offensively, the Cubs got blasts from Patrick Wisdom and Christopher Morel, a three-hit day from Nick Madrigal, ANOTHER extra-base hit from Franmil Reyes, and eight runs on ten hits (despite the ugly K:BB day).