2. Justin Steele dominates the Brewers
At the end of the month, the Cubs faced off against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a nail-biting three-game series. The Cubs dropped game one 2-6 and the team's hopes for a sweep died with the loss. Luckily ace Justin Steele took the mound in game 2, where he tossed 6 dominant innings and struck out 8 with no earned runs allowed. The bullpen was able to hold the lead with the lone run driven in by an RBI groundout from Cody Bellinger and the Cubs took game 2.
This was probably the best major league game Justin Steele has thrown in his career. He almost single-handedly kept the hope of the Cubs winning the division alive with this start, and he solidified himself in the Cy Young conversation by lowering his season ERA to 2.69. Julian Merryweather, Mark Leiter Jr., and Adbert Alzolay were able to silence the Brewers in the last three innings and secure the win.
The Cubs went on to take the series by shutting down a late-game rally by the Brewers and put the team three games behind in the division race. Had Milwaukee taken two out of three or swept, the Cubs would be in a horrible position to win the division. Although it still looks hard at three games back, it looks better than it did when the Brewers came to town riding high on a nine-game winning streak.