RECAP — Cubs 7, Brewers 2

Just like that, the Cubs are first place in the NL Central with the best record in the National League. The Cubs won a thriller against the Brewers in 11 innings on Monday, 7-2 after scoring five runs in the eleventh inning.

Standout Performers

Jason Heyward: 3 for 6, 3 RBI
Albert Almora: 3 for 6, 1 R, 2 RBI
Javy Baez: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB
Anthony Rizzo: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jose Quintana: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

How it Happened

Jose Quintana threw just a few bad pitches out of 97 and two of them were conveniently home runs. Quintana gave one up in the third to Erik Kratz that put the Cubs down 1-0. Albert Almora had a response while Quintana still in the game, in the fifth inning, with an RBI single that tied it up 1-1. In the bottom of the sixth, one of Quintana’s other bad pitches was another solo-homer that put the Brewers up 2-1. He would get off the hook soon in the next few innings. In the eighth still trailing 2-1, Jason Heyward hit an RBI single as Ben Zobrist scored from second to tie the game up 1-1.

Middle relief pitching per usual held up as this game went to extras. The tenth inning was scoreless from both sides, but the eleventh would bring an offensive outburst from the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo absolutely crushed a bomb into the right field way upper deck that put the Cubs up 3-2 in a position to win. Then came the insurance runs. Ben Zobrist and Albert Almora hit back-to-back RBI singles that scored three runs in total as the Cubs extended their lead to 5-2. Jason Heyward put the icing on the cake with an RBI triple that put the Cubs up 7-2 as they rocked the Brewers in the 11th. Anthony Bass worked through one more than the minimum in the ninth, as the Cubs won 7-2.

One Great Moment

The “One Great Moment” of the game obviously comes from the 11th inning and it’s the one that stood out most. Anthony Rizzo destroyed a ball earlier in the eighth that just sailed foul but didn’t waste the opportunity when it mattered most. Rizzo crushed a home run into nearly the same spot that finally gave the Cubs their first lead of the game and a chance of winning in which they succeeded.

Standings Check

The Cubs improve to 38-25 this season, now leading the Brewers by 0.5 games in 1st place of the NL Central and National League.

Up Next

Tyler Chatwood starts game two of the three-game set on Tuesday at 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.

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