The series started on a sour note with the bullpen coughing up a late lead. The second game was just baseball happening, but the Cubs were in danger of leaving Milwaukee very much alive in the division race. The Cubs missed their opportunity to bury the Brewers but they at least kept the Brewers at arms length.
Jose Quintana and Jhoulys Chacín were locked in a pitchers duel for the first three innings. Each team managed just one single in the first three frames. The game shifted pretty quickly once Daniel Murphy homered to start the fourth inning. Javier Báez singled and his status as most exciting player in baseball was maintained soon enough on the bases. Anthony Rizzo hit a ball up the middle that Javy was able to score on. He was aided by erros from Lorenzo Cain and Orlando Arcia in scoring and Rizzo wound up on third during the play. Ben Zobrist doubled to drive in Rizzo. Kris Bryant fouled out for the first out, but the Cubs kept tormenting Chacín. Kyle Schwarber drew a walk. Willson Contreras hit a groundball back up the middle. Zobrist scored, but Schwarber was thrown out at third for the second out. Jose Quintana struck out to end the frame, but the 4-0 lead would prove enough for the Cubs staff.
Quintana was not able to slam the door shut in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hernán Pérez singled to start the inning. Jesus Aguilar struck out swinging, but Q lost Ryan Braun to put a runner in scoring position. Jonathan Schoop singled to score Hernán Pérez. The pair moved into scorng position on a passed ball from Contreras. Mike Moustakas struck out swinging for the second out. Quintana hit Erik Kratz to load the bases. Arcia flew out to end the inning. The Cubs 4-1 lead was pretty safe with Quintana.
Daniel Murphy got his third hit against Chacin in the fifth inning. Báez struck out for the second out of the inning. Anthony Rizzo singled and an error by Schoop allowed the pair to advance into scoring position on the play. Ben Zobrist hit a groundball back up the middle. Murphy scored easily, but Rizzo was called out on a close play at the plate. The play was reviewed because despite the ball beating Rizzo to the plate easily it was unclear if the tag happened before. The call was upheld and the Cubs had to settle for a 5-1 score.
Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run in the sixth inning against Corbin Burnes. That extended the Cubs lead to 6-1. The Brewers got that run back quickly against Quintana. Jesus Aguilar singled to start the inning. Ryan Braun doubled to put the Brewers into business. Schoop grounded out to score Aguilar. A line out and ground out ended the inning with no further damage.
The Brewers managed a two out rally in the seventh inning. Quintana retired the first two batters, but Jesse Chavez ran into problems when called upon. Lorenzo Cain singled and Curtis Granderson homered to make it a 6-4 ball game. Aguilar flew out to end the Brewers rally.
Steve Cishek and Justin Wilson pitched a clean eighth inning. Pedro Strop ran into some issues as the finisher. He walked Travis Shaw to start the inning. Christian Yelich singled as a pinch hitter. Eric Thames flew out to center for the first out. Cain bounced into a fielder's choice and Granderson struck out swinging as the Cubs preserved a four game lead in the Central.