The Chicago Cubs won their rubber game against the Milwaukee Brewers today with some unexpected help. Cubs took two of three games in an important series at Miller Park. Anthony Rizzo didn’t play due to back soreness. He’s listed as day to day. Victor Caratini made his first major league start at first base in place of Rizzo.
John Lackey made his 20th appearance against Milwaukee’s Zach Davies. Both pitchers were dueling through the first five innings. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the first run of the game was scored. Jon Jay singled, Kris Bryant doubled, Wilson Contreras beat an infield grounder and Addison Russell singled to put the Cubs up 2-0 and all of this was done with two outs. That will definitely make Joe Maddon happy.
All of this was short lived though as Domingo Santana hit a 2-run homer of John Lackey in the bottom of the sixth inning. Besides the home run, Lackey had a good outing. Lackey won his third straight start. He went 6 innings, allowed 2 runs, and struck out 7. That’s when the unexpected player came in to the save the day.
Just as quickly as the Brewers tied the game the Cubs took the lead right back. Victor Caratini showed us that he also can hit the ball just like Rizzo. He sent a ball 417 feet to straight center and just like that the Cubs took a 3-2 lead! His first major league homer could not have come at a better time!
The bullpen came in and did not allow a run. Wade Davis came in for the save. He’s a perfect 22 out of 22 in save opportunities. Kris Bryant also delivered some insurance. He blasted a home run of the left field foul pole. His 20th home run of the year. Kris Bryant now has 20 home runs or more in his first three seasons. The Cubs improve to 56-48. Two week ago they were 5.5 games behind the Brewers. Now, they’re sitting on first place in the Central.
The Cubs are now 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers in the Central. They have a day off tomorrow and after that face off against the 60-44 Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be a huge test for the Cubs and can be playoff matchup we might see later on this year. Before they face the Diamondbacks, with the Cubs make a trade? Let’s just sit back and wait.