Hey Chicago what do you say? You know the rest of the song. It rings a bell especially if you have been watching any games recently. The Cubs have now won 6 straight for the second time in the last 2 weeks, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday night in extra innings thanks to a Miguel Montero home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Chicago has now won 12 of their last 13 and defeated Milwaukee in 6 straight head-to-head match ups. Tonights victory makes the Cubs 11-5 in extra inning games this season and an impressive MLB leading 26-17 in 1 run contests in 2015. The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates both lost Wednesday evening, making the Cubs 1.5 games behind Pittsburgh and 4.5 games ahead of the Giants for the 2nd and final wild card spot.
Jason Hammel had another short outing for the Cubs and did not appear to be happy with skipper Joe Maddon after Maddon pulled him in the 6th inning. Hammel’s pitch count, 65, was great, and he was not showing any signs of fatigue. This marks the 2nd consecutive start that he was pulled before finishing the 6th inning. It turned out to be the right move for Maddon as Clayton Richard retired Adam Lind on a long fly out to end the inning.
Pedro Strop had a very strong 8th inning before Hector Rondon came in for the save opportunity in the 9th inning. A lead off single from Ryan Braun and an error by rookie Addison Russell, followed by a wild pitch, put the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position. Rondon struck out the next two batters before firing another wild pitch to let in the tying run. Rondon sat the very next batter down on strikes to end the inning. Miguel Montero wasted no time in the 10th inning, ripping a leadoff HR over the ivy to wrap it up for the cubs. Chicago now leads the MLB with 11 walk-off wins.
Inside the Numbers
- Jason Hammel recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in the 6th inning
- Kris Bryant hit his 16th Home Run of the season extending his hitting streak to 8 games.
- Pedro Strop allowed his first hit in 10 innings dating back to July 21st.
What’s on Tap?
Tomorrow the Cubs send ace Jon Lester (7-8, 3.22 ERA) to the mound looking for the sweep of their division rivals from Wisconsin. The Brew Crew will counter with right hander Tyler Cravy (0-3 5.40 ERA). First Pitch is scheduled for 1:20 PM CST