Cubs, Brewers battle in series opener

The Chicago Cubs opened a 4 game series against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday night.

Kyle Schwarber got the first run of the night for the Cubbies, thanks to a solo home run, his 29th, in the 2nd. 1-0 going to the bottom of the 2nd.

Jon Jay got on base in the 3rd, putting 1 on, 1 out for Kris Bryant, who hit a single, putting 2 on, 1 out for Anthony Rizzo, who delivered with an RBI single, extending the Cubs lead 2-0, going to the 3rd.

The Brewers got on the board in the 4th, off a solo home run, making it a one run ball game, 2-1 going to the 5th.

Pitcher Jake Arrieta made his first appearance since being injured, and despite allowing some hits, had a solid night. He didn’t allow a run until the 4th, but got into a jam in the 5th, allowing a lead off single, followed by a walk, putting two on, one out. But thankfully, an inning ending double play got him out of the jam. Carl Edwards Jr. came in and replaced him in the 6th.

The Brewers tied the game in the 7th, making it 2-2 going to the 8th. The got the lead in the 8th, from an RBI single, making it 2-3.

Ian Happ led off the 9th with a single, and stole second, putting him in scoring position with two outs for Javier Baez, who proved how clutch he can be, bringing in Happ with an RBI single, tying the game. 3-3 going to the bottom of the 9th.

The Brewers loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but somehow, Wade Davis got out of it.

Time for extra innings. The Cubs don’t go down that easily, after all.

Jay led off the 10th with a double, and KB brought him in with a two run homer, giving the Cubbies the lead, 5-3. Rizzo followed up with a triple, but was just shy of another homer for the Cubs. Happ tried to bring him in, but he was thrown out at home in a double play. Alex Avila flew out to end the inning. 5-3 Cubs going to the home half of the 10th.

Cubs Win! Cubs win in dramatic Cubs fashion!

The Cubs still remain in first place in the NL Central. They’ll play the Brewers the next three days.

 

 

 

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