Chicago Cubs: Quintana deals, Cubs win third straight

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Jason Heyward
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Jason Heyward /

In the first two games of the series, the Chicago Cubs stifled the Brewers’ offense. On Saturday, Jose Quintana took the mound looking to continue the trend.

Chicago CubsJose Quintana turned in his best start of the season, going seven innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out seven. Quintana has now pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings against the Brewers. On the day, Cubs’ pitchers struck out 10 batters.

On a chilly day, the offense was hard to come by. The sun played a huge role early on. Albert Almora made a fantastic play to retire the side in the first inning. The game was scoreless until the third inning. Albert Almora hit a two-out single. Javy Baez hit a high pop-up, which went off of Orlando Arcia‘s glove, allowing Almora to score, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. These hits pushed both players’ hitting streaks to 11 games.

The game would stay this way until the bottom of the seventh. Ben Zobrist led off with a single, followed by a Jason Heyward double. Tommy La Stella would come off the bench and deliver a two-run single, aided by some excellent base running from Jason Heyward.

The Cubs’ bullpen would retire the Brewers with ease in the next two innings, giving the Cubs a 3-0 win, and a series win. The win gave the Cubs’ their first three-game winning streak of the season.

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The Cubs go for the four-game series sweep tomorrow. Zach Davies takes the mound for the Brewers, opposed by Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood looked to have turned a corner in his last start against the Indians. First pitch is set for 1:20 P.M. So far in this series, the Cubs have shut out the Brewers twice. No Eric Thames in the lineup is really not helping Milwaukee’s cause right now. Granted, neither is the cold weather, but the Cubs will take it as they creep ever so closer to the top of the division.