Cubs @ Brewers: Game 161
Ian Happ brought the Cubs back with a solo shot before Chicago fell to the Brewers in an extra innings defeat. They had a strong chance to put up multiple runs in the tenth but couldn't collect a single hit to drive home Swanson and Morel from second and third. The Cubs go into their final two games 1.5 behind the Marlins and tied with the Reds. With disadvantage in both potential tiebreakers, the Cubs must win both remaining games and need two losses from the Marlins and one from the Reds--any other outcomes render the final game moot.
Jordan Wicks takes the mound to start the most significant game of his young MLB career. He's exceeded expectations to this point, riding strong command, a nasty changeup, and a better than advertised curve to a 3.00 ERA and a four and one record in six starts. Wicks gets his chance against fellow lefty Eric Lauer. Lauer has gone four and five with a 5.48 ERA in 2023. This will be his first MLB appearance since May 20. He collected a win against the Cubs back in his first start of the season. He spent the bulk of this season recovering from a shoulder impingement issue that could explain his decline compared to the last few seasons.
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