Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward robbed a two-run home run off the bat of the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, keeping it a one-run game.
To say things atop the National League Central are tight would be an understatement. The first half of the season saw a team up north lead the division by five games. That team was the Milwaukee Brewers. The team trailing them was the Chicago Cubs. No one saw this coming, except legendary Brewers fan Kato Kaelin. Have a question? Just check Twitter.
The second half of the season is going according to plan. After winning 11 of their first 13 games after the All-Start break, the Cubs now lead the NL Central. The offense is moving runners over and knocking them in. And the starting rotation is looking more like the pitching staff we saw last year. Plus, the defense is improving. Just ask Jason Heyward.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun tried to go opposite field, and it almost worked. The line-drive shot stayed up long enough to get out. But, Heyward was ready. Timing his jump perfectly, he leaped to action and grabbed the ball as it tried to leave the field. Not today, Braun.
The home run-saving catch came just after center fielder Albert Almora dropped a ball, letting Domingo Santana get to second base. With the Brewers hitting the ball hard off of Jose Quintana, the Cubs are thankful Heyward was on that wall.
The game tonight opens a three-game series between the teams for NL Central supremacy. With both teams trailing the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card, winning the division may be the only way to the playoffs.
There is still plenty of baseball to play, but a series win goes a long way. Defense like Heyward’s helps.