The rubber-match between the Cubs and Brewers was a huge game for the Cubs. Although the MLB season is extremely long, a lot of people are losing their minds at the Cubs slow start.
The Cubs start to today’s game fed right into that criticism when Kyle Hendricks gave up a home run in the top of the first inning. It was a two-run shot and the Cubs trailed 2-0 early in the final game of this three-game series.
It got worse when Hendricks gave up another home run in the very next inning and the Brewers’ lead grew to 3-0.
The bottom of the second inning was a bright spot for the Cubs, because Albert Almora Jr went yard and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Two innings later, the top of the fourth, Jonathan Villar singled to center and the Brewers extended their lead to 4-1.
The Cubs woke up in the bottom of the sixth and didn’t look back. They scored a run in both the sixth and the eighth inning and found themselves only down by one with one inning to play.
With runners on second and third, Kris Bryant came to the plate and came up clutch. He drove a ball to center, scoring Jon Jay and tying the game at 4-4. After Anthony Rizzo grounded out to the pitcher, Addison Russell stepped into the box.
With runners on second and third and only one more run needed to win the game, Russell came through in the biggest moment of the game.
— Billy Krumb (@ClubhouseCancer) April 19, 2017
— Brian Cassella (@briancassella) April 19, 2017
The third pitch of the at-bat was a ball that Russell bombed to the left-field bleachers at Wrigley. He knew it was gone as soon as it hit the bat, and the Cubs’ fans knew that the game was won.
The Brewers fall to 8-8 on the season following this loss.
The Cubs move one game above .500 at 8-7 with the walk-off bomb.
Wade Davis (2-0) gets the win for the Cubs and Neftali Feliz (0-2) gets the loss for the Brewers.
The Cubs have an off day tomorrow, but will start a three-game series against the Reds on Friday, April 21.