The time spent in second place in the NL Central division was short lived for the Milwaukee Brewers.
After Monday’s extra-inning loss put Milwaukee a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the division standings, Tuesday’s win over Chicago flipped them back into first-place.
Chase Anderson was Milwaukee’s starter and turned in his best performance of the season. Anderson pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only one hit and struck out six. That hit came on an infield single by Chicago catcher Willson Contreras in the second inning. After that blemish Anderson retired the next 17 batters he faced in order.
Offensively for Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw provided all of the firepower that the Brewers would need. He had a two-RBI double in the first inning that scored Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain. Shaw came back to the plate in the third inning and collected another two-RBI double, this time scoring Christian Yelich and Cain.
The victory for the Brewers makes them the first team in the National League to reach the 40-win mark on the season. They now lead the Cubs in the division by a half-game.
These two teams wrap up this three-game series on Wednesday at Miller Park. Jhoulys Chacin (5-1, 3.58 ERA) is slated to start for Milwaukee and Mike Montgomery (2-1, 3.56 ERA) is set to be on the hill for the Cubs. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. CT.