Addison Russell hits a walkoff three run homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 7-4 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday. After a 55 minute rain delay at the start, the Crew took an early 3-0 lead and was still leading by one in the bottom of the ninth when Kris Bryant hit an R-B-I single to tie the game before Russell hit a fastball to left center to end it. Travis Shaw and Jett Bandy homered to give Milwaukee its early lead, and Neftali Feliz was going for a four out save but took the loss to drop to 0-2. Cubs’ closer Wade Davis got the win, and Albert Almora, Junior also homered as Chicago won the final two contests of their three game set with the Brewers, breaking a four game losing streak. Milwaukee closed out a 6-3 road trip, and will open a four game home series tonight (Thursday) against the Saint Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers lead the Majors with 29 homers this season, and they’re on pace to hit a big league record 293 for the year. It’s anybody’s guess whether Milwaukee will continue its power surge — but manager Craig Counsell says he likes what he sees so far. He says the players are putting some good swings on the ball, and Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon says the Brewers are “puncturing hurricane force stuff” — meaning that the Crew hit five homers with winds blowing in on Monday night and Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Eric Thames is tied for the Major League lead with seven homers, Ryan Braun has five, and Travis Shaw has belted two in his last two games. The Brewers’ team record is 231 homers for a season, and the last time they led the National League in that department was in 2012 when they hit 202.