Cubs survive late-inning rally; Can we do without the drama?
One thing is certain, this edition of the Chicago Cubs will keep you on the edge of your seat, even when you should have been comfortably reclined. The Cubs got the win 7-6 against the Milwaukee Brewers, but the formerly reliable duo ofPedro Strop
struggled as the Brewers scored four times in the final two innings, including aRyan Braun
three-run homer in the ninth.
The most critical play of the game came in the top half of the ninth on a Kris Bryant infield grounder. With Addison Russell on third after some poor Brewers defense, Bryant hit a slow roller to Jean Segura. Segura’s throw looked late, but Bryant was called out. Skipper Joe Maddon immediately came out of the dugout to challenge the call. The call was overturned, and that run would turn out to be the most crucial of the night, even after the Cubs four home runs.
Will the return of Justin Grimm be enough to help stabilize the Cubs bullpen? at this point, he can’t hurt as the middle relief’s struggles seem to be spilling over into the late innings now with Strop and Rondon. Grimm, as well as Neil Ramirez who’s currently on the DL, were key parts of a strong bullpen last season and will need to be healthy for this year’s version to succeed as well.
These and other stories you may have missed:
‘Cubs go deep four times in 7-6 win over Brewers’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Can Justin Grimm help solidify Cubs bullpen?’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cardinals start road-trip with another win’ – Redbird Rants
‘Harper homers two more time in Nats win’ – District on Deck