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Bryzzo leads Cubs to first ‘series’ win of 2020

2 years agoAndy Martinez

Kris Bryant gets on base, Anthony Rizzo drives him and the Cubs have an early lead.

That was at least part of the logic in the decision making of having Bryant lead off with Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kyle Schwarber behind him in the Cubs’ lineup.

In Marquee Sports Network’s continued simulation of the 2020 season MLB The Show 20, it took three games, but that finally played out. The Cubs’ top of the lineup finally found a rhythm as they beat the Brewers 6-3 to take the first series of the year and move to 2-1.

On the first pitch of the game, Kris Bryant laced a double to the left field wall. Two pitches later, Rizzo drove him in on a double of his own to stake the Cubs an early 1-0 lead — Rizzo’s first hit of the virtual season.

Bryant and Rizzo entered the contest a combined 1-for-14 with 4 walks in the first 2 games of the season, but they broke out in a big way in the series finale in Milwaukee. The pair combined to go 6-for-11 with 4 RBI and 3 doubles.

José Quintana took the bump in the series finale, pitching 6 innings of 3-run ball, striking out 6 and allowing 4 hits. The staff at Marquee Sports Network took some liberties on making this decision — we wanted Jon Lester to take the bump against the Pirates in the home opener and Quintana has a long track record of success against the Brew Crew.

In 17 games against Milwaukee, Quintana is 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 103 innings, plus a 1.016 WHIP and an 8.0 K/9 rate. That ERA is the second lowest against any opponent he has faced at least 10 times (he owns a 2.74 ERA against the Indians in 21 games),

While Quintana validated our decision to start him in place of Lester, the Cubs bullpen has continued its strong early start. Jeremy Jeffress, Dan Winkler, Kyle Ryan and Craig Kimbrel combined to pitch 3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4. Kimbrel notched his 2nd save of the year.

After the Brewers tied it at 1, Bryant ripped a 2-run single to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Offseason signing Avisaíl García tied the game up for the Brewers, hitting a 2-run home run to left field in the 3rd.

Rizzo gave the Cubs the lead for good in the 4th with an RBI single.

Ian Happ added some insurance in the 7th when he smacked a double to the right field corner to make it 6-3.

Here’s how the teams lined up in the series finale:

Cubs

Kris Bryant – 3B
Anthony Rizzo – 1B
Javy Báez – SS
Kyle Schwarber – LF
Willson Contreras – C
Jason Heyward – RF
Ian Happ – CF
Jason Kipnis – 2B
José Quintana – P

Brewers

Lorenzo Cain – CF
Brock Holt – 3B
Christian Yelich – RF
Avisaíl García – LF
Jedd Gyorko – 1B
Eric Sogard – 2B
Manny Piña – C
Orlando Arcía – SS
Adrian Houser – P

Watch the entire game here:

The Cubs take on the Pirates at 1 p.m. Monday in the virtual home opener at Wrigley Field. Tune in to @WatchMarquee on Facebook to catch all the action.

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