The Cubs were hoping to extend their winning streak to five games against the Brewers on Saturday afternoon. It took 11 innings, but in the end, the Cubs were able to take home the victory.
Andrew McCutchen put Milwaukee on the board in the top of the 1st with an RBI fielder’s choice. Marcus Stroman was incredibly good from that point on Saturday, holding his opponent to that one run through seven innings.
Chicago was able to rally against outstanding closer Devin Williams in the 9th. Nick Madrigal singled with two outs to tie the score at 3-3 but the Cubs failed to walk it off after loading the bases later in the inning.
Mike Brosseau put the Brewers back on top with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning off of Steven Brault. The Cubs were able to tie the game when Christian Yelich dropped an attempted throw after catching a fly-out with a man on third base.
Milwaukee would go back ahead in the 11th on a fielder’s choice and the Cubs would match them again with a double from Patrick Wisdom that tied the game at five. This time Chicago would not be denied as Contreras followed with a run-scoring single to walk it off. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
They were able to get several key hits with two outs to keep themselves in the game. Contreras then came through with the big two-out hit to score the winning run.
Eye on the Future
- Madrigal had three more hits Saturday to stay on a roll.
- Nico Hoerner was making terrific defensive plays all over the field.
Stats That Matter
- Stroman really deserved to get credit for the win on Saturday: 7.2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 5 K, and 4 BB.
- Contreras has three homers in his last three games.
The Cubs keep finding ways to win games in the second half of the season. Chicago has to feel good about Stroman going into next season. He could easily be at the top of a playoff contenders’ rotation.