The Chicago Cubs most recent road trip against their division rivals in both Milwaukee and St. Louis was rough. They returned home to face those same Brewers and — as has been the case at home all season — the difference was night and day. Chicago jumped all over young starter Adrian Houser today and were able to easily complete the three-game sweep.
Christian Yelich gave the road team a lead in the 1st inning with a solo homer. Jason Heyward got that run back with his own home run, his second leadoff jack of the series. Heyward gave the Cubs the lead by tripling home David Bote in the 2nd. J-Hey would then score on a Nicholas Castellanos single to increase the lead to 3-1.
Yu Darvish settled down nicely, keeping Milwaukee from adding any more runs through five innings. Kyle Schwarber pounded a long homer to right in the 5th inning for the North Sider’s fourth run. Heyward drove in another one with a ground out in the 6th.
A Tony Kemp sacrifice fly and a Bote single made it a 7-1 game in the 7th inning. Tyler Chatwood pitched the final three innings of the game to earn the save, allowing just a solo shot to rookie Trent Grisham. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
Darvish pitched well again, and this time his team gave him plenty of run support. The offense was clicking and took advantage of a struggling pitcher.
Yelich put the Cubs in a quick hole in the 1st inning. When Heyward tied it up in the Cubs’ first at-bat it really brought the crowd back into the game. They would never trail the rest of the afternoon.
Stats That Matter
- The pitch count (93) got to Darvish, but he was sharp Sunday: 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 8 K, and 0 BB.
- Heyward has been locked in lately and is driving the ball with authority. Hopefully, he keeps getting time in the leadoff spot.
- Anthony Rizzo had a four-hit game as he continues to ride a hot streak.
The Cubs looked great at home once again this weekend, and they dominated the Brewers to sweep the series. The offense looks good and pitching has continues to improve.
The Cubs welcome the Oakland A’s for a three-game inter-league series starting Monday at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks gets the start against righty Chris Bassitt at 7:05 CT. Both ESPN and WGN have the television broadcast and 670 The Score provides the radio feed.