Brewers vs. Cubs – Game Summary – August 20, 2022

CHICAGO — — Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs kept coming back, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Contreras hit a two-run homer in the fifth. He hit his third home run in three games and his 20th this year — the three-time All-Star is the first Cubs catcher to go deep 20 times in four seasons.

Contreras sure impressed Cubs starter Marcus Stroman, who left with a go-ahead run in the eighth.

“To sit there and take an extremely long, tedious game to be shut out and still be shut out in the last AB of the game, that’s pretty special,” said Stroman, who allowed just two hits. “Willie is the horse that we have and you know, I mean he’s the backbone of this group.”

The Cubs scored a run in the ninth to tie it, another run in the tenth to keep it tied, and finally won in the 11th.

Patrick Wisdom doubled home runner Nico Hoerner to make it 5-all. Wisdom later was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Nick Madrigal’s grounder, but Contreras singled to Peter Strzelecki (1-1) to end it.

Erich Uelmen (2-1), the Cubs’ fourth reliever, had four outs.

“They’re all pulling on the same end of the rope, to be a cliché,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “They just want to play and support each other.

“We’re getting good leadoff pitches, timely at-bats, guys with good hitting, the dugout is lively. Confidence is a strong thing in this game, and these guys have a lot of it right now.”

Andrew McCutchen scored from third in the top of the 11th on Kolten Wong’s ground ball to put Milwaukee ahead 5-4.

In the 10th, Cubs shortstop Ian Happ scored from third on a short sacrifice fly by Franmil Reyes. Left fielder Christian Yelich came in and caught the ball, but dropped it as he prepared to throw at the plate. Reyes took second on the play, but the catch was upheld by video review.

“I really don’t know what happened,” Yelich said. “I went to get it out of the glove and obviously I didn’t catch it very well.”

Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau singled home pinch runner Luis Urias in the top of the inning to put the Brewers ahead 4-3.

Madrigal’s third single of the game, with two outs in the ninth and just over Wong’s glove at second base, drove in Wisdom from second to tie it. Madrigal had three hits for the second straight game.

Devin Williams blew the shutout in the Cubs’ ninth, striking out three and allowing Madrigal’s blooper. Taylor Rogers struck out Ian Happ with the bases loaded to send the game into extra innings.

Willy Adames had a two-run homer off Rowan Wick in the eighth to put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Milwaukee finished with just four hits.

The Brewers lost their second straight and fifth in seven.

“We’ve had our backs against the wall a little bit and you’ve got to respond,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Every team has losses like this that seem to sting a little bit more.”

The start of the match was delayed 41 minutes by rain. The showers returned in the top of the eighth, but the game continued.


Contreras is the 17th Cubs player to hit 20 or more home runs in at least four seasons.

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Wisdom struck out five before walking Williams in the 10th in the ninth to help tie it.


Brewers: Reinstated C Omar Narváez (left quad strain) from IL and placed him in the starting lineup. Narváez had been out since August 3. “Omar is an important player for us,” Counsell said. “It’s good to have him back.” Narváez pitched the eighth and went 0 for 3. To make roster room, Milwaukee optioned C Mario Feliciano to Triple-A Nashville.

Cubs: Placed RHP Keegan Thompson on the 15-day IL with back strain and recalled RHP Anderson Espinoza from Triple-A Iowa. Thompson is 9-5 with a 3.97 ERA and leads Chicago in wins. Manager David Ross doesn’t believe Thompson’s injury is serious, but he said it hurt the 27-year-old righty Friday against Milwaukee when he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a shaky second start. … Espinoza was pulled from the minors for the sixth time this season and is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six games with the Cubs in 2022. … Wisdom may have hurt his ring finger that left hand when he tried to score. at 11, Ross said.


RHP Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.53 ERA) and LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.43 ERA) pitched in the series finale on Sunday. Woodruff is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his last nine starts for Milwaukee. Steele is winless in three August starts for Chicago, but has a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts over his last 16 2/3 innings.


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