Best Lorenzo Cain Moment #1: The Go-Ahead RBI Single in Game 163
As memorable as Opening Day 2019 was, few games in franchise history mean more to Brewers fans than the Crew’s victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 163 in 2018 to win the NL Central for the first time since 2011.
For years, the Brewers were the little brother to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs barely viewed us as rivals, their fans took over Miller Park during games against them, and the trash talk between the two sides was at an all time high.
The Brewers were tired of being the little brother, a position that only seemed to get worse after the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years in 2016. Milwaukee was down five games to the Cubs entering September. They closed the gap and forced a tie in the standings at the end of the year. That meant a crucial Game 163, hosted at Wrigley, to decide the division.
It was a 1-1 game heading into the 8th inning. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Lorenzo Cain delivered. Cain’s hit comes at the 4:42 mark, but feel free to watch all the highlights.
Cain brings home Arcia, to break the tie and give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
followed with an add-on RBI single to make it 3-1 and the Brewers would go on to win the game and the NL Central.
It was a magical run for the Brewers that September and into October, and Cain’s single helped secure the single most important and memorable victory of that run.
By winning that game, the Brewers proved they were no longer the little brother to the Cubs and that they were a legitimate threat in October. That 2018 season kicked off this stretch of four consecutive postseason appearances and Lorenzo Cain’s base hit secured the first division title of this run.
It’s no coincidence that the Brewers reached these four straight postseasons while Lorenzo Cain was here. He’s been an important leader in the clubhouse and made clutch play after clutch play, whether it be at the plate, on the basepaths, or in centerfield.
Thank you for the memories Lorenzo. We will never forget them.