The Chicago Cubs get a sterling performance from Jose Quintana to back up a Ben Zobrist blast in the 4th to take the series from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Chicago Cubs got six innings from Jose Quintana of shutout baseball, while Ben Zobrist
first home run of the season held up as the Cubs took the series with a 3-0 final.
The Cubs added two more as Albert Almora Jr drove in one on a double, and the Brewers league-leading fourteenth error led to another Cubs run.
Quintana came in with a 9.00 ERA but managed to lower it to a 4.50 ERA after his six solid innings. He commanded the corners all afternoon, allowing just three hits while striking out six. After his rough outing against the Miami Marlins, it was a nice bounce-back effort for Quintana.
The Cubs didn’t manage many baserunners in the game, but Quintana and the bullpen didn’t allow many for the Brewers. After allowing just two walks, the rest of the bullpen came in and shut the Brewers down to help secure the win.
Zobrist stays hot
Zobrist is feeling pretty good, as he had had two hits including the go-ahead home run for the Cubs. He’s currently batting .360 to lead the team. The wrist injury that slowed him last season appears to be no longer an issue, as a tightness in his back has been his only concern.
Bullpen continues to roll
While it was an impressive start from Quintana, it was the bullpen that continues to carry the load in the back half of games. Justin Wilson had a nice redeeming effort with two strikeouts, atoning for his walking the bases loaded the previous day. Carl Edwards Jr. had a smooth eighth inning, while Brandon Morrow picked up his second save in as many days.
The Cubs will have their home opener tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Anthony Rizzo may once again miss the game due to his stiff back. But the Cubs have survived so far, and don’t want to put any pressure on Rizzo to come back too soon.