Patrick Knowledge set a Chicago Cubs file for homers by a rookie on a day that exemplified his feast-or-famine method.
Knowledge struck out 4 occasions for a second straight day however delivered a towering three-run shot that highlighted the Chicago Cubs’ eighth-inning comeback in a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
“It’s powerful when you might have nights like I did final night time, and you then see your title within the lineup once more hitting fourth,” Knowledge stated. “You’re like, ‘Nicely, they nonetheless imagine in me. I’ve acquired to imagine in myself.’ It’s form of like a intestine examine to say, ‘Hey, let’s go.’ Preserve believing. Preserve going.”
The Brewers’ ninth-inning rally fell brief and the magic quantity for wrapping up their first NL Central title since 2018 remained at three. Milwaukee clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday.
Knowledge has struck out on over 40% of his plate appearances, however he additionally has 27 homers. That breaks the franchise rookie file previously held by Kris Bryant, who homered 26 occasions in 2015.
“This sport is hard,” Knowledge stated. “It will possibly actually punch you within the intestine generally. However you have to maintain getting again up. That is what it is about – resiliency and the subsequent pitch, specializing in that.”
Milwaukee trailed 6-2 earlier than practically coming all the way in which again in opposition to Rowan Wick within the backside of the ninth.
Christian Yelich singled dwelling two runs with a two-out single. Omar Narváez singled and Luis Urías walked to load the bases. The Cubs introduced in Michael Rucker, who retired Jace Peterson on a fly to heart to earn his first profession save.
“Jace hit a ball fairly good truly, simply acquired below it slightly bit,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell stated.
The Brewers had overwhelmed the Cubs 11 consecutive occasions, one off the franchise file for consecutive victories over one opponent. The Brewers received 12 straight from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.
Milwaukee appeared on its strategy to matching that file till the Cubs rallied from a 2-1 deficit within the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras began the rally with a 14-pitch stroll in opposition to Brad Boxberger (5-4). Matt Duffy and Frank Schwindel followed that up by hitting consecutive first-pitch RBI doubles.
“It was a fantastic at bat by Contreras,” Counsell stated. “I do not know that it took something out of (Boxberger), however he made most likely two pitches over the center of the plate after that, they usually hit them fairly laborious.”
Jandel Gustave took over for Boxberger and promptly walked David Bote and allowed Wisdom’s 430-foot drive to center.
“The one factor that I really like about Patrick is he simply retains having his at bats,” Cubs supervisor David Ross stated. “It hasn’t been the most effective collection for him offensively, a number of swing-and-miss there, and he continues to be that menace. That is what he brings. He performs good protection. He is versatile. And he is acquired actual thump within the bat.”
The Cubs delivered their huge rally after getting simply two hits within the first seven innings.
Brewers starter Eric Lauer struck out six and allowed one run, one hit and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He owns a 1.83 ERA over his final 13 appearances.
Lauer held the Cubs with out a hit till Trayce Thompson sent an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall with one out in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.
The homer was Thompson’s first hit of any variety within the main leagues since June 14, 2018, when he was enjoying for the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the majors for the primary time in over three years on Tuesday when the Cubs referred to as him up from Triple-A Iowa.
Adam Morgan (1-0) earned the win with one inning of shutout reduction.
CUBS DESIGNATE MAPLES
The Cubs have designated RHP Dillon Maples for project. Maples, 29, went 1-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 28 reduction appearances this season however walked 25 batters in 31 1/3 innings.
Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (shoulder irritation) and IF Nico Hoerner (proper indirect pressure) began Sunday’s sport after getting activated from the injured checklist. Hoerner batted fifth and began at shortstop. … OF Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain was out of the lineup with what Counsell described as “common physique soreness” after diving in opposition to the wall to rob Contreras of an extra-base hit Saturday. … SS Willy Adames, who went on the injured checklist Sept. 5 with a left quadriceps pressure, is prone to return Monday. … Counsell stated LHP Brett Anderson is wholesome once more. Anderson has been on the injured checklist since Sept. 2 with a shoulder bruise.
The Cubs are off Monday earlier than starting a two-game dwelling collection with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Alec Mills (6-6, 4.50 ERA) will begin for the Cubs and Griffin Jax (3-4, 6.65) pitches for the Twins on Tuesday.
The Brewers open a four-game dwelling collection with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Scheduled starters are RHP Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.69 ERA) for the Brewers and RHP Jake Woodford (2-3, 4.30) for the Cardinals.