Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (7/26/20): Cubs 9, Brewers 1 – Tyler Chatwood Sharp in 2020 Debut, Cubs Offense Comes to Life

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers met at Wrigley Field on a sweltering Sunday afternoon for the rubber match of their three-game series. The combination of a quality start from Tyler Chatwood and a big 4th inning from the bottom of the lineup was more than enough for Chicago to take the series.

Kyle Schwarber doubled in the 2nd and scored on a Jason Heyward grounder to give the Cubs an early lead. Chatwood rolled through the first four innings baffling hitters with a hard cutter while allowing no hits.

Chicago got to Brewers starter Freddy Peralta in the 4th inning. Willson Contreras doubled home Schwarber and Corey Knebel entered for Peralta after a Heyward walk. Nico Hoerner, Victor Caratini, and Ian Happ hit consecutive singles off Knebel to build a 5-0 advantage.

Chatwood allowed just one run in six strong frames. Contreras hit a towering home run in the 7th inning, while Happ and Anthony Rizzo both hit opposite-field shots off former Cub Justin Grimm in the 8th to close out the scoring at 9-1. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Won

The best way to neutralize a shaky bullpen is a good starter and a lot of offense. Mission accomplished on both aspects by the Cubs Sunday.

Key Moment

Orlando Arcia batted with two on and one out in the 7th. The Brewers down 5-1 had Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich looming. Kyle Ryan coaxed Arcia to hit into a 5-3 double play by Kris Bryant to end the inning.

Stats That Matter

  • Bryant and Heyward got their first hits of 2020. Both took longer than you’d hope for but both were good to see.
  • Happ had a great catch in addition to his work at the plate: 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR
  • Contreras was locked in and looked comfortable behind the dish: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR

Bottom Line

Winning series gets you into the playoffs, particularly when those wins come against division rivals. This is a great start for the Cubs.

On Deck

Chicago heads to Cincinnati for four games with the Cincinnati Reds starting at 5:40 pm CT Monday. Jon Lester faces fellow lefty Wade Miley in a game available on Marquee Sports Network.

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