1. Brewers manager Craig Counsell went all in to try to secure a win over the Pirates on Wednesday night, relying heavily on his key bullpen pitchers Josh Hader, Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel. But the Pirates scored one in the eight and two in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-4. Thus his bullpen was taxed and none of those pitchers was available Thursday night.
2. Jake Arrieta pitches five innings of one-run ball and when, in the fifth, he sprints to first and reaches high to grab Addison Russell‘s throw that completes a double play, he quells any doubts about his right hamstring.
5. Top of the ninth, Cubs down one. Ian Happ leads off and hits a grounder to first baseman Neil Walker, who tosses to reliever Jeremy Jeffress who was covering first, as Happ is hustling down the line. Jeffress’ right foot and Happ’s left hit the bag nearly simultaneously. The call is safe. Brewers challenge. After a long review, the ruling was upheld. Milwaukee dugout is livid.
6. With Happ now on second and the Cubs down 3-2, two outs and down to last strike in top of the ninth, Baez smacks a single to score Happ to tie the game.
7. Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, one out, Cubs call on reliever Wade Davis. First he strikes out Domingo Santana with high heat and then induces Orlando Arcia to hit a feeble grounder back to the mound. Davis tosses to Anthony Rizzo. Out of the jam. Davis said he wanted to throw a cut fastball to Arcia but couldn’t do so until the count was full. “Once I got to two strikes, I thought it was a good time,” Davis said. “He saw enough fastballs.”
8. After Jon Jay doubles in the top of the 10th, Kris Bryant clobbers a 3-2 pitch from Oliver Drake over the center field fence to put the Cubs up 5-3. “It was supposed to be down and away,” Drake said. “I just left it up middle. That’s what he does with those mistake pitches.”
9. Davis returns in the bottom of the 10th — and strikes out Jett Bandy (swinging), Broxton (swinging) and then, finally, Andrews Susac (looking).
Sources: Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Fox Sports, ESPN