Jon Lester is looking for lucky number 13 this season and his first win against the Milwaukee Brewers. His last start against them in Milwaukee was his second worse start of the season on July 24 only going four innings giving up four runs on four hits and five walks. Jimmie Nelson is also looking for his first win against the Cubs in his fourth start. He is 0-2 but has only given up five runs on 11 hits in those three games and he has struck out 14. It should be a pitchers duel tonight through at least the first four innings but all bets will be off after the fifth.
I was completely wrong about tonight’s pitcher’s duel. It would appear that way as Jon Lester only gives up two hits and a walk through five innings. Jimmie only makes it to the end of the fifth inning and would not have as much luck in this game as he was in the previous match ups. I didn’t think he would make it out of the first inning. He leads off the game by walking to Dexter Fowler then hits Kris Bryant. Ben Zobrist sends a sharp ground ball to right driving in Fowler for the first run. Then Addison Russell sends a soft grounder to second that scores Bryant. With only one out, Jorge Soler launches a deep fly ball to left center for his ninth home run on the year making it a 5-0 game. Heyward doubles but Ross strikes out. Lester walks but batting for the second time in the inning, Fowler strikes out to end the inning.
The Cubs would grab a couple base runners in the second but no one crosses the plate. The bottom of the third would see David Ross launching his eighth home run of the season for the sixth run of the game. As I said, Nelson makes it through the fifth and Tyler Cravy takes the sixth, walks Ross and gives up a single to Fowler but the Cubs do add another run.
The sixth inning would see Keon Broxton leading off with a single then stealing both second and third bases, then scores on Orlando Arcia’s ground out. In the seventh, Lester takes to the mound and gets the first two outs but gives up a walk to Jake Elmore and Maddon would decide to bring in Carl Edwards, Jr who ends the inning. He gives up a single in the top of the eighth but retires the next three batters to end the inning.
Damien Magnifico tries to keep the Cubs at bay and gives up a lead off single to Soler. He gets Heyward to flyout, then gives up a walk to Ross. Travis Wood takes the ninth inning prevent the Brew crew from scoring and he makes it a 1-2-3 inning.
Go Cubs Go!
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