Chase Anderson pitches the game of his life

It’s the beauty of baseball.On any given night, any team can beat any other team. Even a newly rebuilding team against a rampaging team on the back end of a successful rebuild.The variable that allows that phenomenon to happen is the man on the mound. If the opposing pitcher is on his game, even the best teams can fall.The Milwaukee Brewers’ man on the mound Tuesday night was Chase Anderson, and he pitched the game of his life. Well, the game of his life until two outs in the ninth, when one strike away from Anderson’s first major-league shutout, Jason Heyward finally hit his first home run with the Cubs.When Kris Bryant followed with another blast, Anderson’s night was done. But he had more than done his job, shackling the highest-scoring offense in the National League on three hits en route to a 4-2 victory by the Brewers over the high-flying Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.Accordingly, the best team in the land this year became the last in the major leagues to lose its 10th game.Yes, it was just one game and no reason to think the Brewers will be a major deterrent to Chicago’s playoff plans this season. But you try to win tonight’s game and worry about all that other noise later.”This is still a game where executed pitches and a guy throwing the ball well wins,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “That’s what tonight shows you, no matter who you’re playing.”There’s that adage and I think it holds true. Chase pitched very well tonight. Of all these baseball clichés, that momentum is your starting pitcher, I think that holds true. Chase establishes the momentum the way he goes out there and pitches the first couple of innings. That’s what really does it for a team.”It was a night when the expected large turnout of Cubs fans made the trek up I-94, only to sit on their hands until the final two swings. And a night when Brewers fans could dream about the second no-hitter in franchise history and first since Juan Nieves’ magic night in Baltimore in 1987.Ben Zobrist would ruin the no-no hopes by ambushing a first-pitch fastball for a leadoff double to center in the eighth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who robbed Bryant with a sensational catch in the first inning, fretted afterward about what he might have done different on Zobrist’s deep liner.But that’s baseball. Every time you forget just how difficult it is to throw a no-hitter, you’re reminded by another near miss. We’ve already seen two at Miller Park this season.Making the story more compelling were the previous struggles of Anderson, who entered the game with a 1-5 record and 6.11 earned-run average with a .313 opponents batting average. But he never had faced the Cubs, who didn’t know what to make of his fastball-changeup combination with superb downward command.