Patrick Wisdom set a Chicago Cubs record for homers by a rookie on a day that exemplified his feast-or-famine method.
Wisdom struck out 4 occasions for a second straight day nonetheless delivered a towering three-run shot that highlighted the Chicago Cubs’ eighth-inning comeback in a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
“It’s tough when you have nights like I did last night, and then you see your name in the lineup again hitting fourth,” Wisdom acknowledged. “You’re like, ‘Well, they still believe in me. I’ve got to believe in myself.’ It’s kind of like a gut check to say, ‘Hey, let’s go.’ Keep believing. Keep going.”
The Brewers’ ninth-inning rally fell transient and the magic quantity for wrapping up their first NL Central title since 2018 remained at three. Milwaukee clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday.
Wisdom has struck out on over 40% of his plate appearances, nonetheless he furthermore has 27 homers. That breaks the franchise rookie record beforehand held by Kris Bryant, who homered 26 occasions in 2015.
“This game is tough,” Wisdom acknowledged. “It can really punch you in the gut sometimes. But you’ve got to keep getting back up. That’s what it’s about – resiliency and the next pitch, focusing on that.”
Milwaukee trailed 6-2 prior to almost coming all the way in which by which whereby as soon as extra in route of Rowan Wick inside the underside of the ninth.
Christian Yelich singled dwelling two runs with a two-out single. Omar Narváez singled and Luis Urías walked to load the bases. The Cubs launched in Michael Rucker, who retired Jace Peterson on a fly to middle to earn his first profession save.
“Jace hit a ball pretty good actually, just got under it a little bit,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell acknowledged.
The Brewers had crushed the Cubs 11 consecutive occasions, one off the franchise record for consecutive victories over one opponent. The Brewers acquired 12 straight from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.
Milwaukee appeared on its method to matching that record till the Cubs rallied from a 2-1 deficit contained in the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras began the rally with a 14-pitch stroll in route of Brad Boxberger (5-4). Matt Duffy and Frank Schwindel followed that up by hitting consecutive first-pitch RBI doubles.
“It was a great at bat by Contreras,” Counsell acknowledged. “I don’t know that it took anything out of (Boxberger), but he made probably two pitches over the middle of the plate after that, and they hit them pretty hard.”
Jandel Gustave took over for Boxberger and promptly walked David Bote and allowed Wisdom’s 430-foot drive to center.
“The one thing that I love about Patrick is he just keeps having his at bats,” Cubs supervisor David Ross acknowledged. “It hasn’t been the best series for him offensively, a lot of swing-and-miss there, and he continues to be that threat. That’s what he brings. He plays good defense. He’s versatile. And he’s got real thump in the bat.”
The Cubs delivered their massive rally after getting merely two hits inside the primary seven innings.
Brewers starter Eric Lauer struck out six and allowed one run, one hit and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He owns a 1.83 ERA over his remaining 13 appearances.
Lauer held the Cubs with no hit till Trayce Thompson sent an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall with one out in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.
The homer was Thompson’s first hit of any choice contained in the precept leagues since June 14, 2018, when he was collaborating in for the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the majors for the primary time in over three years on Tuesday when the Cubs referred to as him up from Triple-A Iowa.
Adam Morgan (1-0) earned the win with one inning of shutout assist.
CUBS DESIGNATE MAPLES
The Cubs have designated RHP Dillon Maples for exercise. Maples, 29, went 1-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 28 assist appearances this season nonetheless walked 25 batters in 31 1/3 innings.
Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (shoulder irritation) and IF Nico Hoerner (appropriate indirect stress) began Sunday’s sport after getting activated from the injured pointers. Hoerner batted fifth and commenced at shortstop. … OF Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain was out of the lineup with what Counsell described as “general body soreness” after diving in route of the wall to rob Contreras of an extra-base hit Saturday. … SS Willy Adames, who went on the injured pointers Sept. 5 with a left quadriceps stress, is further liable to return Monday. … Counsell acknowledged LHP Brett Anderson is healthful as quickly as further. Anderson has been on the injured pointers since Sept. 2 with a shoulder bruise.
The Cubs are off Monday prior to starting a two-game dwelling sequence with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Alec Mills (6-6, 4.50 ERA) will begin for the Cubs and Griffin Jax (3-4, 6.65) pitches for the Twins on Tuesday.
The Brewers open a four-game dwelling sequence with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Scheduled starters are RHP Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.69 ERA) for the Brewers and RHP Jake Woodford (2-3, 4.30) for the Cardinals.
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