In the series finale with the Brew Crew, Jake Arrieta takes to the mound searching for his 15th win of the season. He is 1 – 0 against the Brewers seeing them last in April. He takes on Zach Davies who faced the Cubs last on July 23 and took the W.
Today would see another great start at the plate for the Cubs but not so great for Davies as he only goes four innings. In the first inning, he gives up a single to Kris Bryant, then a double to Anthony Rizzo. Bryant scores on Ben Zobrist’s ground out to first. Rizzo scores on Addison Russell’s single to center. The third inning would start with Matt Szczur leading off with a single and then being brought home Byrant’s 29th home run of the season. With two outs and two men on, Wilson Contreras doubles to right bringing in Zo for the fifth run of the day. In the fourth, Szczur leads off with a double and scores on Bryants double. Bryant then scores on Rizzo’s double. The Cubs have earned 7 runs after four innings.
Jake would get through the first three innings with only one walk. In the top of the fourth he would give up two, two out walks then gives up a three run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, his 11th of the year. He gets out of the fourth but after four innings the Cubs are up 7 – 3. Jake gives up two more walks in the fifth inning but retires the next three batters to get out of the inning. He does however give up a leadoff home run to Hernan Perez in the top of the sixth and walks Chris Carter for the second time. He gets the next two outs but then gives up back to back walks to Ramon Flores and Keon Broxton. With the bases loaded, Maddon decides to bring in Spencer Patton who gives up an RBI base on balls to Jonathan Villar but gets out of the inning.
The bottom of the sixth, Craig Counsel decides to bring in Blaine Boyer who gets out of the inning but not before giving up a solo homerun to Kris Bryant for his second of the day and his 30th on the year. The Cubs are now up, 8 – 5. Spencer Patton remains in the game for the seventh and makes it a five pitch inning as does Carlos Torres in the bottom half of the inning.
Patton remains in for the top of the eighth and gives up a leadoff double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis who scores on Ramon Flores’s one out ground out. Patton walks pinch hitter Manny Pina and that would be enough as Justin Grimm enters the game. He gives up a single to Villar but gets Scooter Gennett to ground out to Rizzo to end the inning and we go to the bottom half of the eighth. Corey Knebel joins the game and his first batter is Javier Baez who grabs a single to leadoff. With one out, Matt Szczur walks to bring up Kris Bryant who has two homeruns today. He sends a line drive to left field driving in Baez and going 5 for 5 today picking up his 78th RBI. Rizzo and Zobrist fly out to end the inning.
We go to the top of the ninth with Aroldis Chapman taking to the mound for another save opportunity. He strikes out Ryan Braun for the first out. Hernan Perez next up and he singles. Chapman gets Chris Carter to strike out for out number two. Nieuwenhuis grounds out to end the game giving Chapman his 27th save of the year and the Cubs get their 13th sweep of the season!
Go Cubs Go!
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