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Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out nine. His ERA now sits at a 2.87 for the season.
On the other side, Cubs’ starter Travis Wood threw 107 pitches in just 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up five runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked three.
The Brewers improved to 18-6 on the year while the Cubs dropped to 7-16.
Let’s see which players helped their team win and what players failed to make any positive impact.
1. Marco Estrada: Estrada seems to have finally figured it out. He’s pitching like an ace and has only walked six batters all season.
2. Jeff Bianchi: He came in for Segura in the bottom of the first inning and immediately made an impact with a single. He drove in two runs during his next at bat, finishing 2-for-4 on the day.
3. Khris Davis: Davis has struggled at home all year, but maybe that’s a thing from the past as he went 2-for-4 with a home run. More importantly, he didn’t strike out.
1. Emilio Bonifacio: o-for-4 with three strikeouts is a night to forget.
2. Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo hasn’t collected a hit in this series and has struck out four times in eight at-bats.
3. Jean Segura: He got crushed in the face by a bat from Ryan Braun while standing in the dugout. He has to make this list.