“But it’s been really fun and hopefully there’s a lot more games to go”.
The Milwaukee Brewers ended their season on Sunday, October 4th – losing to the rival Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.
It’s not as if the Cubs didn’t give it their all to try to pull even with the Bucs and get that home-field advantage. That’s an 0.35 ERA from the starting staff over that stretch. For Brewers fans, this disappointing season is leading to a renewed hope for the future, as the team rebuilds. Tomlin (7-2) made one mistake – a two-run homer by David Ortiz. It was the only hit that Cahill gave up over 1.1 innings. Price said Phillips received treatment on his right ankle prior to the game and wasn’t sure about Phillips’ status for Saturday. Travis Wood pitched one complete inning, and Carl Edwards Jr. got in on the action in the bottom of the ninth getting the last two out. Ramirez is finishing his 18th season and Burnett is a 17-year veteran.
3B Kris Bryant singled in the fifth inning Sunday to break an 0-for-14 slump at the plate. It’s not all one player. “I think I’ve said it all along as he continued to put me in big games“. The Royals, best in the A.L., are fourth-best at 95 wins.
But first, they need one win to stay alive. The total of 566 ranks 18th in Cubs history. “Right now he’s playing at the top of his game”. Joe said at the beginning of spring training that the hardest thing to do is crack the postseason the first time.
The Cubs went 23-9 from September 1 through the end of the season.
Cole has a 2.13 ERA in four starts against the Cubs this year and 32 strikeouts in 25⅓ innings. But it wasn’t enough to keep them from opening the postseason on the road. The same goes for Arrieta, who led the majors in wins. It was another solid night for the rookie, as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Dan Haren finished what probably is his last career regular season game with a strong performance. On August 4, Arrieta shut out the Pirates in Pittsburgh, surrendering just two hits in seven innings. Baez has hit doubles in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
The NL Division Series begins Friday with the New York Mets at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cubs-Pirates victor at St. Louis. The Cubs are also 6-4 against the Cardinals since then.
The Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs (97-65) Wednesday in a winner-take-all playoff. RHP Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) will start for the Cubs while the Pirates will start their ace, RHP Gerrit Cole (19-6, 2.60 ERA).