Chicago Cubs: Three takeaways from series win over Brewers

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The Chicago Cubs remain the hottest team in baseball after taking two of three games in a weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Chicago Cubs went into the weekend on a hot streak. They hadn’t lost a series to a team since they dropped two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers all the way back on April 7th. After a dismal 2-7 start, the Cubs came into the weekend having won 10 of their last 11 games.

The Brewers were also on a hot streak as they had won six straight coming into the weekend series at Wrigley Field. It lined up to be an epic clash between the top two teams in the NL Central, and maybe the NL as a whole.

Something had to give. While it didn’t start out pretty, the Cubs roared back on Saturday and Sunday to take yet another series win. Here is a short recap of each game:

Game 1:

Not a lot to be positive about from this contest. the Cubs offense was shut down as the team lost 7-0. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana had a strong outing for the Cubs going 6.2 innings and giving up three runs. With no run support, it was a game that was out of reach after a Ryan Braun home run.

Game 2:

The conditions at Wrigley weren’t ideal for baseball as rain, wind and cold temperatures lingered throughout the day. The Cubs bats went cold again, but so did the Brewers this time. What we got was a 1-1 game that went into the 15th inning that way until catcher Willson Contreras ended the game in walk-off fashion.

Game 3:

Despite more ugly weather, the Cubs got another great pitching performance from starter Jon Lester, who now leads the MLB in ERA with a ridiculous 1.16 ERA early in the year. Lester struck out six and walked only one in almost seven innings while Kris Bryant hit a late home run for run support en route to a 4-1 win.

It’s early in the season, but the Cubs are now the second best team in the NL with a record of 24-14. All the early gloom and doom turned out to be dead wrong. Here are three takeaways from this weekend’s series against the Brewers.