Cubs @ Brewers: Series Thread (Games 103-105)
The Cubs head to Milwaukee to take on the third-place Brewers, who have been leap-frogged by the streaking Cardinals. As tight as the division, it feels like we are already very much in the stretch. They start with the season series tied 3-3. See game-by-game matchups below.
Game 103, Friday, July 26, 7:10pmCDT
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-8, 3.41 ERA)
MIL: LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
Hendricks pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs in a loss to the Padres. He deserved better. He took a loss to Milwaukee in April, allowing 4 earned runs in 4 innings. The Brewers have a group OPS of .620 against him in 162 at bats.
Gio Gonzalez missed all of June and the first half of July. He has made one start since returning, allowing three earned runs in four innings against Arizona. He earned a win against the Cubs in May on 5.2 innings pitched and two earned runs. Heyward and Rizzo have combined to go 10-64 against him with one double and 12 strikeouts.
Game 104, Saturday, July 27, 6:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jon Lester (9-6, 3.87 ERA)
MIL: RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.90 ERA)
Lester allowed four earned runs in six innings against the Padres and escaped with no-decision. Ryan Bruan is 8-21 off of him and Lorenzo Cain is 9-25.
Anderson allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings to the Reds last time out. He pitched three innings in relief against the Cubs in April and allowed a solo homerun. Kris Bryant is 7-23 off of him. Contreras is 7-13.
Game 105, Sunday, July 28, 1:10pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jose Quintana (8-7, 4.42 ERA)
MIL: RHP Zach Davies (8-3, 3.17 ERA)
Quintana last got a victory against the Padres despite allowing five earned runs in five innings pitched, allowing three homeruns in the process. Braun has a .901 OPS against him in 36 at bats.
Davies last allowed seven runs, six earned, in 4 innings against Cincinnati. It was his worst start of a strong 2019 so far. He's 1-0 against the Cubs this year, allowing three runs, one earned, in 12 innings. He should have to face the Cubs twice between this weekend and the series late this coming week. Maybe the exposure will help the lineup figure him out. Bryant has a 1.005 OPS against him in 41 at bats.
crunch 14 hours 14 min ago (view)
Charlie 15 hours 8 min ago (view)
Lester pitched 35 innings today.
crunch 17 hours 48 min ago (view)
2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...
Eric S 18 hours 34 min ago (view)
Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 30 min ago (view)
With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!
Who would have thought?
Jackstraw 19 hours 31 min ago (view)
Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series. Left lots of ducks on the pond. Could take some of the pressure off the pen.
Jackstraw 19 hours 32 min ago (view)
You could hit your thumb with a hammer. Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza. Just sayin.
Eric S 19 hours 36 min ago (view)
I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day
crunch 19 hours 37 min ago (view)
cubs win! about time.
Eric S 19 hours 46 min ago (view)
Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos
crunch 20 hours 17 min ago (view)
K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out
PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.
crunch 20 hours 26 min ago (view)
...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...
2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.
bullpen time. oh. boy. neat.
crunch 20 hours 39 min ago (view)
bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.
crunch 20 hours 42 min ago (view)
2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.
btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...
crunch 20 hours 56 min ago (view)
no one scores! hell yeah. phew.
crunch 21 hours 2 min ago (view)
walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.
this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.