Today, the Brewers responded to two straight losses with a 6-2 win over the Cubs to split their four game series at Wrigley Field.
Mike Fiers made his second start of the season and he was absolutely fabulous. Fiers just had one of those games where everything went right for him. He lasted six innings and allowed 3 hits. But, even more impressive was the fact that Fiers struck out 14 batters in those six innings. The only trouble he really ran into was in the first inning when power-hitting first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a double. Even though he allowed 3 hits, it seemed as if he pitched a perfect game.
Edwin Jackson, on the other hand, did not have a perfect game. The Cubs starter ran into trouble in the first inning. With two men on base, second baseman Scooter Gennett continued his dominance against right handers with a double that drove in two runs. In the third inning, Jackson made the mistake of throwing Khris Davis a high slider. Davis jumped on it and belted a solo shot to left field.
The Brewers continued to score in the fourth inning. Elian Herrera, the backup shortstop, hit a triple that took a funny bounce off of the first base bag. Lyle Overbay scored on the play. And, Carlos Gomez drove in Herrera with a single two at-bats later.
Milwaukee was on their way to a shutout victory until the 7th inning when lefty Zach Duke replaced Fiers and quickly allowed two runs to score off of an error. In the 8th, Mark Reynolds hit his team-leading 21st homer and ended all hopes of a Cubs comeback.
Led by Fiers, the Brewers may have played their best game in days. With today’s win, the Brew Crew have extended their lead in the Central by 2.5 games over the Pirates and the Cardinals. They hope to break free this weekend in LA against the Dodgers. They’ll have to face the heart of LA’s rotation, which includes Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and Dan Haren. Last weekend, they stole 2 out of 3 games against the Dodgers at Miller Park. This weekend they hope to do the same.