I am making a bad habit of needing to apologize at the start of these, but I just didn't have it in me last night to write this when I finally crawled into bed. The Cubs dropped the game, but the Brewers finally hit a skid bringing the Cubs magic number down a game. José Quintana started off shaky. Scott Schebler launched a home run to start the game. José Peraza struck out, but Joey Votto singled with one out. Q walked Eugenio Suárez, but Q baffled Scooter Gennett all afternoon with a second punchout. Phillip Ervin drew a bases loading walk, but Tucker Barnhart popped out in foul territory to end the inning.
Luis Castillo faced the minimum despite hitting leadoff hitter Anthony Rizzo to start the Cubs first. Quintana gave up a leadoff bomb to Phillip Ervin in the fourth inning to double the Reds lead. A pair of Addison Russell errors extended Quintana's inning, but he managed to keep the Cubs in the ballgame.
Rizzo led off the Cubs fourth with their first base hit, and advanced to third on a pair of productive outs. Daniel Murphy drew a walk, and then a controversial foul ball call took a run scoring hit away from the Victory Carrot. Instead, an easy pop fly caught by the second baseman ended the Cubs threat.
Q would completed five innings with the Cubs still trailing by a pair. Castillo ran into trouble walking Addison Russell with one out in the fifth inning. Willson Contreras than hit a ball very hard and most everyone in the ballpark thought had tied the game. I am not sure how far Contreras was when the ball hit up against the wall. Russell only made it to third and Contreras barely beat Hamilton's throw back into the infield. Albert Almora Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to put the Cubs on the board. Ian Happ grounded out to end the inning.
Jaime García pitched the sixth inning and had to work around a Peraza bunt single with one out. A Gennett lineout to Rizzo ended the Reds threat. Dillon Maples and Carl Edwards Jr. each pitched a clean frame to give the Cubs a chance.
The Cubs had one more chance to break through against Castillo. The Reds righty pitched into the seventh inning and he punched out Addison Russell for the second out of the inning. Kris Bryant and Almora hit back to back singles to end his afternoon. Amir Garrett advanced the pair into scoring position on a wild pitch, but Rizzo struck out swinging to hold onto the lead. Jared Hughes and Raisel Iglesias each pitched a clean inning to close out the game. The Cubs couldn't manage the sweep before heading out on the last road trip of the year.
The game was certainly a sleep enhancement as the Cubs bats slept walk through another day off the calendar. However, this is what I feel like this morning.