Cubs 4, Brewers 2: Darvish Dazzles, Cubs Take Series Opener

Coming off a sweep in Cleveland, the Cubs showed no signs of cooling off. The Brewers have not been sharp in the early going, and having just been throttled by the Twins on Wednesday night, this matchup could have been a classic trap game. Instead, the Cubs took care of business behind a dazzling start by Yu Darvish and timely, clutch hitting by the offense. The Brewers mounted a late rally that ultimately fell short.

The offense continued to produce. Nico Hoerner was a late addition to the leadoff spot after Kris Bryant was held out for precautionary reasons after injuring his wrist on defense in Wednesday’s game. Nico answered the call, lacing a double on the first pitch he saw and later scored on a Javier Baez groundout. Ian Happ continued his torrid start with a single, double, and a walk.

The Cubs now stand at 13-3, their best start to a season since 1907. This incredible start is no small part due to the increased production by the offense. Baseball-Dugout Deputy Editor-in-Chief Austin Bloomberg explored what has led to this surge in his latest article. As it turns out, one of the most significant changes has been increased patience at the plate. Tonight was further evidence of that, as they saw twenty-four more pitches than the Brewers despite having one fewer at-bat.

The Good

Happ was fantastic, and on most nights, he probably is the feature here, but this game belonged to Yu Darvish. He took a no-hitter into the seventh, finally surrendering a solo shot to Justin Smoak with one out. He finished the inning, and his final line was 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, and 11 SO. The win gives Darvish his first three-game winning streak as a Cub.

The Bad

Some would probably argue that Joe Buck is an easy target for Cubs fans, but there was not much from this ballgame that will land in his career highlight reel. First, when Kyle Schwarber absolutely crushed the ball in the bottom of the second, Buck starts his call by saying, “Schwarber slaps the ball…” That ball ultimately landed in the bleachers. It was not slapped. It was demolished.

Second, Buck, for some reason on multiple occasions, attempted to perform impressions from movies/television shows. It was not…good.

The Ugly

Brock Holt has had an excellent career as a super-utility player. At times, he has sported some impressive facial hair, his mustache is something. Not everyone can be Tom Selleck or Aaron Rogers, but Holt should stick to the beard.

What’s Next

The Cubs send Tyler Chatwood to the mound on Friday against Brandon Woodruff of the Brewers in the second of a four-game series. Woodruff took the mound on Opening Day for the Brewers against the Cubs back on July 24. In that game, he pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, surrendering a home run to Ian Happ. You can catch the game on Marquee Network at 7:15 pm CT.

The Northside Show

We are excited to announce that Randall J. Sanders will join the weekly podcast Friday morning as a guest. The podcast will go live by 11:00 am CT. Be sure to check it out!

Featured Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

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