Milwaukee Brewers: Top Moments of 2017 – #10-6
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers rivalry with the Chicago Cubs got a lot hotter this season after a series of events that played out in the early part of the season. It all culminated into one big butt-whooping the Crew put on the Cubs on July 6th.
It all started back in April when a few members of the Cubs tried to suggest Eric Thames was on steroids. That obviously didn’t go over well. Then in May, the Cubs called a game on account of rain but IT DIDN’T RAIN! The Milwaukee Brewers were extremely upset to say the least. The game was cancelled and the front office practically accused the Cubs of gamesmanship.
The Cubs ran through their bullpen the day before in a loss in what were terrible conditions and the next day had much better weather but the Cubs declined to play. The makeup game was scheduled for a mutual off-day on July 6th. So now the Brewers would have to go down to Chicago before their big series with the Yankees prior to the All Star Break.
So the Brewers go down into Chicago on July 6th and straight up embarrass the Cubs in an 11-2 victory that saw the Crew score seven runs in the third inning. Cubs starter Mike Montgomery couldn’t get out of the third inning and his replacement, Jack Leathersich almost couldn’t get out of it either. He gave up three straight walks to enter the game, two of them with the bases loaded.
What’s remarkable about this win is that the home run dependent Brewers scored 11 runs while only hitting one homer. Normally it would take three or four homers for this team to get to 11 runs. Considering the team had a stretch where 17 straight runs were scored from long balls, that’s quite a feat.
Zach Davies pitched great, giving up only two runs in six innings. Michael Blazek and Rob Scahill finished out the game for the Crew and the team left Chicago in a great mood.
The Cubs had been stuck in a World Series hangover and seemed to be doing everything they could to throw off the upstart Brewers who were the only thing standing in the way of the Cubs winning the division again. But the Brewers just kept on winning during the first half. It wasn’t until the second when the Brewers regressed a bit and the games with the Cubs began to present more of a challenge.
The fact that a big win in a heated rivalry like this only lands at six on the list of the best moments of the season shows how special this team was. Stay tuned to find out what the top five moments of the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers season were.
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Over the course of 162 games, there are plenty of opportunities for big moments. Sometimes there may be weeks without a special moment, sometimes they happen on back to back days. The sixth and seventh spot on this list happened to be on back to back days. That stretch right before the break almost pushed the Cubs to sell.