MLB 2017 Game #11: Brewers vs. CubsTonight, we are headed to Wrigley Field for another historic game. Last October, we attended the first World Series game played at Clark and Addison since 1945. And of significantly less importance, tonight is the first regular-season Friday night game since lights were installed during the 1988 season.
Of course, what isn't being mentioned is that the Chicago Cubs have played baseball on Friday nights at home before. The first time was on October 3, 2003. That was Game Three of the 2003 National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs won, 3-1.
The Milwaukee Brewers (72-68, .514) and Chicago Cubs (77-63, .550) are battling for the National League Central Division title. The Cubs hold a five-game lead over both the Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals (72-68, .514). Beginning tonight, the Brewers and Cubs will play seven more times down the stretch. Three games are scheduled for this weekend at Wrigley Field and four games at Miller Park in late September.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jimmy Nelson (11-6, 3.59 ERA) will pitch for the Brewers. This season he matched his career-high win total. He won 11 in 2015. During his last start, Nelson pitched seven innings against the Washington Nationals and picked up a win while surrendering two earned runs. The Cubs will counter with 38-year-old John Lackey (11-10, 4.74 ERA). On September 1, Lackey pitched seven scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves to earn the win.
Fun Fact: The World Series game that we attended in 2016 was Game Three against the Cleveland Indians. It was played on a Friday night.