The Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep with a blowout win over the Milwaukee Brewers, 11-4. The loss set the Brewers one game back of first place in the NL Central.
Kyle Schwarber basically won the game by himself for the Chicago Cubs. He had seven RBIs, courtesy of a grand slam and a three-run home run. Schwarber was a nightmare for Brewers starter Zach Davies all day long.
It didn’t help matters that the Brewers walked Ian Happ three times today. Ian Happ went 0-1 on the day and still hasn’t registered a hit on the season.
“The walks to Happ killed us today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “No question, we did a poor job on him.”
It’s way too early to say these games were “must win” level games but they were definitely important. It was huge for the Brewers to take two out of three against the Cubs.
Milwaukee is trending up, winning eight of the last 12 games and three of the last four series.
There is uncertainty regarding the starting rotation moving forward. Expect Adrian Houser to get one of the starts against the Oakland Athletics this week. But who starts the other games? I’m not sure the Brewers even have the answer to that yet.
The Brewers (56-51) are off on Monday before starting a nine-game road trip beginning in Oakland against the Athletics (60-47) Tuesday night.