Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was ejected in the eighth inning Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers after arguing balls and strikes with umpire Chris Segal. Segal immediately ejected the Washington slugger, who had to be restrained by teammates. By the end of the inning the Nationals, who had started the inning trailing 1-2, were up 8-2.
Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night to move into first in the NL Central. After a disappointing start to the season, the Cubs (53-47) are roaring again. The reigning World Series champions moved a season-high six games over .500 and a half-game ahead of Milwaukee after trailing the Brewers by 5 1/2 games just two weeks ago. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and four RBIs, helping the Cubs improve to 10-2 since the All-Star break. Addison Russell hit a solo homer in the ninth, and Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist and Jon Jay each drove in a run. After finishing their series against the last-place White Sox on Thursday
As the Cubs head to the South Side Wednesday night for Game 3 of Crosstown, they sit one-half game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central and a season-high five games above .500. Joe Maddon plays that game only on rare occasions and while he didn't fully head down that path this past weekend, he did acknowledge the important role Russell and Willson Contreras have played in saving the Cubs' season. "That first night still, giving up that lead and then that home run by Addy, that was a real seminal moment potentially for the entire season," Maddon said.