Game One Hundred Forty-Seven – Cubs 5, Brewers 4 – 10 innings
WP – Aroldis Chapman (4-1) LP – Blaine Boyer (2-4) Save – None
Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cubs scored two runs and sent the game to extra innings. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in order in the 10th to keep the game tied at four.
Miguel Montero stepped in and lifted a 1-1 pitch from Blaine Boyer out to left. The ball sailed into the bleachers and the Cubs stormed the field. The Cubs walked off the Brewers with a 5-4 win … and the team was able to celebrate a division title with a come from behind victory on Friday afternoon at the old ballyard.
Joe Maddon started his B-Team on Friday and even these Cubs do not quit. The Cubs were down 4-2 going into their last at bat and were able to tie the game.
Willson Contreras (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored) led off the ninth with a double to right. Chris Coghlan (3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI) singled to center. Contreras scored and cut the Brewers’ lead to 4-3. Albert Almora Jr. just missed his second home run of the game. Almora Jr. lined out to deep left. Tommy La Stella (1-for-3 with a walk) reached on a fielding error by Brewers’ first baseman Chris Carter. And the Cubs had the tying run in scoring position with one out.
Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-2 with a walk and a HBP) was hit on the foot on a 0-1 offering from Carlos Torres. With the bases loaded and one out, Maddon went to the bench for one of his All-Stars.
Addison Russell (1-for-1 with a RBI) batted for Felix Pena and hit a soft-line drive one-hopper on a 2-2 pitch toward second. Russell hustled down the line, dove into the bag and reached on an infield single as Coghlan scored from third and tied the game at four. Matt Szczur (0-for-4 with a walk) lined out to shallow center. The ball was not hit deep enough for La Stella to tag. And Javier Baez (0-for-5) bounced back to the mound to end the inning … and send the game to extras.
Joe Maddon stuck with the Cubs plan and gave his regulars the day off on Friday. Maddon asked for his backups and role players to beat the Brewers, and they did. Maddon resisted the urge to use Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward in any capacity.
John Lackey had a good outing on a tough day to pitch at Wrigley Field. Lackey made three mistakes in seven innings of work and it cost him four runs. The Brewers hit three home runs off Lackey with the wind blowing straight out. Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun hit solo shots. And Scooter Gennett gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer in the seventh.
John Lackey gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Lackey made 105 pitches, 69 for strikes, in seven innings.
Felix Pena replaced Lackey in the eighth and completed two scoreless innings. Pena allowed just one hit and struck out two of the seven batters he faced.
Aroldis Chapman struck out all three batters in the 10th on 11 pitches, nine for strikes, and picked up the win with Montero’s walk-off.
Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) had a big game at the plate. Almora Jr. hit his first Wrigley Field homer, a two-run homer in the fifth that tied the game at two.
The Cubs scored five runs on 11 hits and four walks. Maddon’s B-Team was 2-for-8 with RISP and left seven men on base.
With Friday’s walk-off win, the Cubs improved to 94-53 on the season.
Jake Arrieta takes on right-hander Zach Davies on Saturday afternoon (3:05pm CDT) in game three of four with the Brewers.