How It Happened: The bottom of the Cubs’ order got them on the board with two outs in the second inning, as Logan Watkins singled and Chris Valaika homered to erase a 1-0 deficit. The Cubs proceeded to pound Milwaukee starter Matt Garza in the next inning, scoring four more times and chasing him after just three innings. A Jorge Soler hustle double brought home two, while RBI hits by Welington Castillo and Watkins plated two more. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up some hits but not much damage until the sixth inning, when he loaded the bases. An error by Valaika extended the inning and reliever Justin Grimm got the final out on a fly ball. Hendricks went 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and two runs. His ERA is 2.02.
Soler milestone: Soler became just the second Cub to drive in at least 10 runs in his first seven games. His two-run double in the third inning gave him 10 RBIs.
What it means: The Cubs' offense continues to roll without mainstays Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. Soler is simply a presence in the middle of the order, and pitchers are having a hard time finding his holes. Garza tried to jam him several times, and on his second at-bat Soler was able to pull his hands in and muscle a ball out to left field, scoring two. It was the key hit of the game. But contributors like Watkins and Valaika also are big reasons the Cubs keep winning. They swept the Brewers out of town -- for the first time since 2004 -- and now are 3-0 this month after a winning August.
Rookie of the Month: Hendricks took home August honors and might be on his way to September glory after winning again. He wasn’t as sharp as normal, though he didn’t walk anyone. He also didn’t record any strikeouts. He battled his way to the win despite the nine hits. As usual, he minimized the damage.
What’s next: The Cubs get the day off Thursday, then open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley on Friday. Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.79) takes on Vance Worley (6-4, 3.01) at 1:20 p.m. CT.