The Milwaukee Brewers have caught fire.
Manager Craig Counsell’s club earned its seventh straight win Friday with a 7-0 whipping of the Chicago Cubs.
It was a pitchers duel for much of the afternoon, with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun providing the only run in the first six innings with a solo shot in the fourth. In the seventh, though, the Brewers bats finally got to Cubs starter Jose Quintana, tagging him for a pair of runs before his outing came to an end. They’d add two more in the both the eighth and ninth inning to blow the game open.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal and first baseman Jesus Aguilar each had two RBI, while third baseman Mike Moustakas and pinch hitter Ben Gamel drove in one run each.
Milwaukee’s pitching was, once again, the story of the game. Veteran Gio Gonzalez went 5 2/3rds innings, giving up just two hits to pick up his first win of the year. In his three starts since joining the club, the lefty has an ERA of just 1.69.
“He’s been a big stabilizer,” Counsell said of Gonzalez. “On a day like (Friday), when you put up a zero and get 17 outs, that’s a real good thing.”
That effort was backed up by five relievers, including Corbin Burnes, who needed just three pitches to strike out Javy Baez and keep the game 1-0 at that point.
As a whole, since giving up 11 runs in back-to-back games against Colorado, the Brewers have allowed a total of 12 runs in their seven-game winning streak.
With the victory, Milwaukee is back in first place in the NL Central for the first time since April 18.
The Cubs and Brewers will play again Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:20 p.m.