CHICAGO – Having new heroes pop up during the season is great, but to find success, the Cubs had to rely on their best to get them through.
That was the truth when it came to the team’s series finale against the Brewers on a rainy, chilly Sunday night at Wrigley Field. The guys that fans have gotten used to helping their team over the past five years, helped to pull out a series win over the course of nine innings.
Jon Lester spared an exhausted bullpen from heavy work with a yeoman’s performance while Javier Baez and Kris Bryant came up with critical hits in a 4-1 victory over Milwaukee. That effort along with the 15-inning win on Saturday gives the Cubs a series victory over their division rivals, putting them a season-high two games ahead of the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.
Lester took center stage on a night in which the Cubs’ bullpen needed him to step up after getting drained in a 15-inning win on Saturday. The left-handed starter did his job, working two outs into the seventh, allowing just one run while striking out six batters and walking just one.
He left with the lead thanks to Baez, whose double in the fifth inning brought home Bryant to give the Cubs the lead. That hit extends Baez’s hit streak to 11 games, but Bryant may still be the team’s hottest hitter, as he struck for three more hits that night.
His seventh-inning two-run homer put the game away, giving him his fifth round-tripper in the month of May, along with his 12th and 13th RBI.
Brandon Kintzler and Steve Cishek finished up the effort out of the bullpen as the Cubs won the game and the series, thanks to the play of their stars who’ve carried the team to first in the NL Central.