The Chicago Cubs were largely left out of the big occasions last season after they were beaten twice in a row in one-game playoffs. One of them was at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. While it might not carry the same exact weight as a postseason encounter, their win on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley will have gone a long way toward healing hearts and minds.
Oft-criticized pitcher Tyler Chatwood pitched four nearly flawless innings in relief from the bullpen and catcher Wilson Contreras finally won them the game with a walk-off homer in the 15th inning to hand them a 2-1 marathon victory. That homer puts them one game ahead of the Brew Crew in a tight NL Central race in which the Cardinals and Pirates aren’t too far behind, either.