What to Know
- The win completes a three-game sweep for the Cubs and puts them four games ahead of the Brewers in the division.
- Before Sunday's game, catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring injury.
The Chicago Cubs might want to consider petitioning Major League Baseball to allow them to play the rest of their games at home, as they finished off a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs, who limped back home after a 3-6 road trip, saw their bats come alive all weekend long, culminating with seven runs against Brewers pitching on Sunday. Jason Heyward hit a home run and drove in three RBIs, and Kyle Schwarber blasted his 25th home run of the season in the victory.
Yu Darvish pitched five innings and allowed one run, striking out eight batters as he continued his recent run of fine form. Tyler Chatwood gave up an earned run in three innings of relief work and earned the save for the Cubs in the sweep-clinching victory.
The Cubs found themselves trailing early on as Christian Yelich hit a home run in the first inning, but from there the Cubs’ offense took control. Heyward hit a lead-off home run in the first inning to tie the game at 1-1, then followed it up with an RBI triple in the second to give the Cubs the lead.
Nicholas Castellanos drove in Heyward on a fielder’s choice to make it 3-1.
In the fifth inning, Schwarber homered to right field to extend the lead, and Heyward grounded into a fielder’s choice in the sixth to keep the barrage going. Tony Kemp drove in a run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly, and David Bote picked up an RBI single to make it a 7-1 game.
From there, the Cubs’ bullpen cruised to the victory, putting the Cubs four games ahead of the Brewers in the Central Division standings.
The Cubs will look to continue their hot hitting on Monday when they welcome the Oakland Athletics to Wrigley Field for the start of a three-game series. Kyle Hendricks will take the ball in the game, which is set to get underway at 7 p.m.