Greg Maddux has looked every bit like a four-time Cy Young Award winner during his run toward 300 victories.
Maddux needed just 92 pitches over 2 hours, 15 minutes Thursday to record his second straight complete game as the Cubs rolled to a 13-2 win over Cincinnati.
“Runs, man. Runs are a beautiful thing,” Maddux said. “When you get a lead like that, it changes the way the game is played.”
Maddux allowed just four hits in the 105th complete game of his career. It marked the first time he pitched back-to-back complete games since Sept. 7 and 13, 2000.
The right-hander had shut out the Brewers in his previous start on July 17.
“Really, it’s not about me,” Maddux said of 300 wins. “It’s about trying to get to the postseason and having another shot at getting a ring.”
The Brewers, who have lost nine of 12 since the All-Star break, were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Manager Ned Yost has no explanation for his players’ lack of timely hitting.
“No. I’m sorry. I wish I did,” he said. “The end can come tomorrow. That’s the great thing about this game. You come out and all of a sudden you get hot.”
The Brewers have dropped six of seven, batting .054 (3-for-55) with runners in scoring position. Milwaukee scored Monday on a sacrifice fly.
“We’re going to start hitting,” Brewers right-hander Victor Santos said. “It’s just a matter of time.