It's good to be home! The Cubs returned home after a 3-2 road trip for a four game set against their division foe, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Northsiders pulled off a 1-0 victory to snap the Brewers' eight-game winning streak.
Kyle Hendricks took the mound for the Cubs and he was magnificent! He picked up his second win on the season by pitching seven strong, scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Hendricks really didn't give the Brewers anything to work with offensively, as all four of their hits came with two outs in the inning.
For the Brewers, Chase Anderson pitched a pretty good game too. He only allowed two Cubs to reach base in the same inning just once all night. His only flaw over his six innings of work was a pitch to Kyle Schwarber that sailed out to right field for a home run putting the Cubs up 1-0. With Schwarber's home run, the Cubs extra-base hit streak against the Brewers was extended to 42 games, dating back to April 26, 2016.
It wasn't until the 8th that the Cubs actually had another decent scoring chance. Willson Contreras and Albert Almora hit back-to-back one-out singles to bring up Kyle Schwarber. Unfortunately, Schwarber grounded into a double play to end that inning without the Cubs obtaining any insurance runs. The bright spot in that inning however, was Almora's single by which he extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games. Almora has also contributed significantly to the Cubs ranking 1st in the National League and 2nd in the majors in combined batting average for outfielders.
We braced ourselves for the 9th inning as Brandon Morrow took on the top of the Brewers order with a precarious one run lead. Lorenzo Cain led off that inning with a single, and in a one run ball game, that feels huge. Fortunately for the Cubs, Christian Yelich grounded the ball to Javier Baez who stepped on the bag at second and shot it over to Rizzo at first for a double play. That alleviated a lot of tension, but it wasn't over just yet as the infamous Ryan Braun stepped up to the plate. Braun reached base on a lucky infield single to keep the inning and game alive for the Brew Crew. Travis Shaw was up next and he hit a long fly ball to Ian Happ for out number three, which won the game for Hendricks, and gave Morrow his 5th save.
Tomorrow, the Cubs will send a struggling Yu Darvish to the mound and he's still looking for his first win. He will be opposed by Brent Suter. Game time is at 1:20 CT and the game can be watched on NBC Sports Chicago.
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