Milwaukee coughed up the first game of its series against Chicago, blowing a 2-1 lead Monday night. The Brewers would do no such thing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A night after shutting the Cubs out 4-0, Milwaukee did it again in the rubber match of the three-game set, this time a 1-0 victory for the Crew. It was the first time in the history of the rivalry that the Brewers shut Chicago out in back-to-back games.
It was a staff-wide achievement, though Jhoulys Chacin is the one that got it started. He went six innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven as he moved to 6-1 on the year. That one loss came all the way back in early April.
When Chacin exited, the reliable trio of Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel took care of the final three innings, with six of the outs coming via strikeouts. Knebel got the save, his sixth on the year.
Milwaukee’s lone offense on the afternoon came courtesy of outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who took Mike Montgomery deep in the third inning for his eighth homer of the year. It was essentially the only mistake Montgomery made as he allowed just two hits over six innings of work and the Cubs bullpen kept the Brewers in check, as well.
The win improved Milwaukee’s record against the Cubs to 3-8 on the year. Remarkably, there have been seven shutouts in those 11 games — five by the Cubs and the two this series by Milwaukee.
The Brewers, owners of the best record in the National League, are now 1 1/2 games up on Chicago in the NL Central. They’ll have Thursday off before opening a weekend series with Philadelphia at Miller Park.