Game three began a little bit differently than the other two with Milwaukee able to keep Chicago off the board for the first few innings. And it was actually the Brewers who struck first thanks to a solo shot by “Big Game” Thames.
Brewers’ starter Zach Davies pitched wonderfully, tossing six innings while only allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out eight hitters. That should certainly be enough to earn a victory, unfortunately, it wasn’t this time around.
Cubs’ new offseason acquisition Yu Darvish was equally impressive as he also only gave up one earned run in six innings.
That left things up to the bullpen where Milwaukee’s fared pretty well all things considered.
Milwaukee struck first in the bottom of the eight. Jett Bandy was just barely grazed by a pitch so he was awarded first base. Eric Sogard then doubled to deep (I mean really deep) right center and the ball bounced off the wall and rolled toward the infield. Unfortunately, Bandy was never able to unhitch the wagon and only ended up at third base, giving the Brewers runners on second and third with one out.
Lorenzo Cain knew exactly what to do from there as he smacked the first pitch he saw to mid-deep right field, which was enough to send the slow-footed Bandy home from third on a sacrifice fly:
That’s where the fun ended for Milwaukee, as they had a complete defensive collapse in the top of the ninth. Jacob Barnes got the first opportunity to fill in for the injured Knebel and pitched well enough to earn the save and the victory for the Brewers.
Unfortunately, the defense had other plans as they committed two errors and at least two other defensive miscues to allow the Cubs to score four runs and take the lead for good. A disgusting inning for the defense in what’s already a worrisome pattern: