It's a beautiful day here in Seattle. Mid 60's, lots of sun...doesn't get much better. We decided to take advantage by hitting the golf course early this morning and getting in 18. Out here, the Cubs game started at 10am. This meant that I not only got to play golf, I got to watch the Cubs game on my phone for the first few innings.
This game was filled with amazing pitching on both sides, timely hitting, and solid fundamentals. In the bottom of the 1st, it looked like it was going to be a rough day for Hendricks who gave up 2 straight singles with 1 out, and then a 2-out RBI single to Eric Thames for the Brewers 1st run. But through it all, Kyle was able to come back in the inning to get Stephen Vogt for the final out. Crisis averted.
Ian Happ and the Cubs wasted no time in getting the run back in the top of 2nd. After 2 singles to lead of the inning from Willson Contreras and Albert Almora, Happ came through with a RBI single with 2 outs to tie the game.
After each team squeezed across a run a piece, the offensive action completely died out. It was the work of starters Kyle Hendricks and Brent Suter that kept both teams bats in check. Hendricks finished the day with 6 strikeouts and, while Suter didn't have the sexy boxscore, the Cubs were held in check until the 8th inning.
The 8th started out hot for the Cubs. After a Ian Happ double and a Heyward walk, Jon Jay laid down an absolutely beautiful bunt that allowed both runners to advance. Then, a clutch sacrifice fly by Kris Bryant, plated Happ to take a 2-1 lead.
Wade Davis came out for the save in the bottom of 9th. The game looked to be in hand with a guy that had 38 straight appearances without a blown save to his name. But there wouldn't be a 39th. Orlando Arcia, the first batter of the inning, took Davis deep to tie the game 2-2. It gave me, and I'm sure many other Cubs fans the sweats as the homer looked eerily similar to Rajai Davis' bomb in Game 7 of the World Series.
All wasn't lost, however. The Cubs went right back to work in the 10th, again putting together a "textbook run" (if there is such a thing). Happ again was involved as he leadoff the inning with a walk. After a Jason Heyward sacrifice, Jon Jay singled home Happ to take the 1-run lead. But the drama was far from over.
Maddon opted for Davis to come back out into the bottom of the 10th and try to close out the game (again). After striking out the first batter, my arch-nemesis Ryan Braun, doubled. But, to be honest, the extra base didn't even matter as Travis Shaw took wade deep to walk it off in extras. Ugh.
The Brewers playoff hopes are still alive I guess.