It wasn’t pretty, but when it’s a win, it doesn’t have to be. The Chicago Cubs overcame a sloppily played game, which included two errors, to top the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4.
Javier Baez helped lead the way for the Cubs (72-88) who got great production from their top four hitters. Baez, as well as Chris Coghlan, Anthony Rizzo, and Jorge Soler combined for seven hits and all six Cubs’ runs.
The Brewers (81-79) second half slide continues, the good thing for them is the end of it is near. Jimmy Nelson (2-9, 4.93) didn’t fare well in his spot start for Matt Garza, allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Chris Coghlan greeted him immediately with a lead-off home run, which would be the first of three runs he would score on the night.
Eric Jokisch, making his debut as a starter, fared well but did not factor in the decision. He went four innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out two.
Jean Segura tied the game in the bottom half of the second with a solo home run to put the Crew on the board.
Baez collected his first RBI of the game on a single to center in the third to score Coghlan. Baez stole second, and two batters later score on a Soler groundout to make it 3-1.
The third inning turned ugly for the Cubs defense, as two errors would lead to a run for the Brewers. Baez and Luis Valbuena each committed fielding errors, but the Cubs avoided any further damage, escaping the inning still up 3-2.
In the fifth inning, Baez collected his second RBI on a single to score Logan Watkins. Baez advanced to second on the throw home, and scored on Rizzo’s double to make it 5-2.
Soler added an insurance run off of Brewers reliever Tom Gorzelanny to put the Cubs up 6-3.
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The Cubs still have a chance to finish in a fourth place tie if they win out, and the Reds lose their last two.