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Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers won in dramatic fashion Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. Christian Yelich came through again with a walk-off to give the Brewers a 3-2 victory.

Yelich doing Yelich things

On Friday night, Christian Yelich smashed a three-run homer to help the Brewers top the Cubs. Then, on Saturday night, the reigning NL MVP came through again. In the bottom of the ninth of a 2-2 game, the Cubs decided to pitch to Yelich. Yelich made them pay. He smacked a ball into left field for a walk-off win.

“Yelich, it’s like a Bonds moment for me,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Those are good comparisons. I mean, I’ve seen Papi more than I saw Bonds, but they’re not missing. He’s not missing his pitch. And not only that — when it matters.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell called it the best game he has ever seen Yelich play and added that the last at bat is the kind of at bats MVPs have.

Hader limits damage

The Brewers found trouble in the eighth inning. Reliever Junior Guerra started the frame walking Victor Caratini. Ben Zobrist followed with a single to put runners on the corners ending Guerra’s night.

Drew Pomeranz then entered only to walk Ian Happ to load the bases. Counsell then made the call to his weapon, Josh Hader. With no outs, Hader struck out the first batter he faced, Nicholas Castellano, on three pitches. But then he gave up his first career bases-loaded walk to Anthony Rizzo, forcing in the go-ahead run. Hader settled in after though. He got Kris Bryant to pop out and struck out David Bote.

The 2-1 lead didn’t last long however. Yasmani Grandal led off the bottom of the eighth with his 25th dinger on a solo shot to tie it at 2-2. Hader kept the game tied pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

What’s next?

The Brewers (73-68) will look to take the series from the Cubs (76-65) on Sunday afternoon. Adrian Houser (6|53.45 ERA93 SO) will take the mound for the Brewers opposite of Jon Lester (12|94.19 ERA, 147 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm.

Brewers shutout Cubs at Wrigley 2-0

With a lineup plagued by injuries, the Milwaukee Brewers found a way to win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. All it took was two runs in the first inning to get the 2-0 victory.

The Brewers were without Keston Hiura who was recently placed on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain. Also, Ryan Braun (back tightness), Mike Moustakas (hand tightness) and Lorenzo Cain (bruised knee) were hurt. Moustakas was held out of the game. Braun and Cain were limited to pinch-hit appearances.

The win moved the Brewers to four games back of the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Manny Pina was the hero coming through for his team in the first inning. Ben Gamel, who was just called up from Triple-A San Antonio, led off the game with a double. Then, after Hernan Perez struck out, Christian Yelich and Yasmani Grandal drew walks. Pina followed with a base hit scoring two runs to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

Starter Zach Davies was hit hard but limited the Cubs to no runs on four hits during his 4.2 innings of work. Junior Guerra and Josh Hader were terrific out of the bullpen combining for 10 up and 10 down to hold onto the lead and pick up the win.

Next up, the Brewers (69-66) will look for the series win over the Cubs (73-62) Sunday afternoon. Gio Gonzalez (2|24.34 ERA58 SO) will take the bump opposite of Yu Darvish (5|64.25 ERA, 183 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm.

Brewers to open 2020 season against Cubs

On Monday, Major League Baseball released its schedule for the 2020 season. The Milwaukee Brewers will meet a familiar foe in their first series. On Thursday March 26th, the Chicago Cubs will come to Miller Park.

It will be a three game series with both teams taking Friday off and resuming play on the weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals will come to town for three games completing the Brewers’ six-game home stand to open the year.

One thing that is interesting however is the lack of NL Central matchups late in the year. The Brewers will play their last game against the Cubs on Aug. 9. Also, they’ll only play the Cardinals six times over the last two months of the season.

Milwaukee will see plenty of the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets in the opening month. They’ll finish the season series with both clubs in just over a few weeks.

The interleague schedule will put the Brewers up against the AL East. The New York Yankees will come to town from May 19-21, the Toronto Blue Jays form June 22-24 and the Tampa Bay Rays from July 7-8. Milwaukee will travel to Tampa Bay from May 30-31, to Boston from June 5-7, and to Baltimore from Sept. 11-13.

You can check out the full schedule on the Brewers website here.

Brewers offense struggles, fall to Cubs 4-1

The Milwaukee Brewers are battling to stay in the race for the NL Central. They lost more ground Saturday afternoon falling in game two of their three-game set with the Chicago Cubs 3-1. The Brewers now trail the Cardinals and Cubs by three games in the division.

Gio Gonzalez was effective in his start. He pitched 4.1 innings allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four. But like many times before, the bullpen struggled to hold the Cubs.

Albert Almora Jr. lined a solo home run off reliever Junior Guerra to give the Cubs the lead 2-1 in the seventh inning. Then in the eighth, the Cubs tacked on two more runs off Freddy Peralta. Javier Baez hit an RBI-single and Almora followed with a sacrifice fly to give Chicago a 4-1 lead.

The only score for the Brewers came in the sixth inning on a Ryan Braun single.

Next up, the Brewers (57-55) will look to avoid the sweep against the Cubs (59-51) on Sunday. Adrian Houser (4|43.99 ERA60 SO) will get the start opposite of Yu Darvish (3|54.46 ERA, 141 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm.

Cubs 11, Brewers 4: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers failed to complete the sweep of the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 blowout loss on Sunday. The loss set the Brewers one game back of first place in the NL Central.

Schwarber bombs

Kyle Schwarber nearly single-handedly won the game for the Cubs. He had seven RBIs courtesy of a grand-slam and a three-run homer. Schwarber was a nightmare for Brewers starter Zach Davies all afternoon.

In the second inning, with one out, Javier Baéz and Jayson Heyward hit back-to-back singles. Then, Ian Happ drew a walk to load the bases. Schwarber launched a first-pitch fastball to deep right-field for the longest (473 ft) home run at Miller Park this season.

Davies walked two more batters in the fourth inning before Schwarber made him pay again with a three-run homer putting the Cubs up 7-0.

“The walks to Happ killed us today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “No question about it. We did a poor job on him.”

Brewers offense shows some life in the fifth

Cubs starter Jose Quintana has been historically dominant against the Brewers in his career. The first four innings proved that notion as he cruised through Milwaukee’s lineup. However, he found some trouble in the fifth inning as the Brewers offense finally showed some life.

Yasmani Grandal led off the frame with a walk. Next, Jesus Aguilar singled and Orlando Arcia followed with a walk to load the bases. Quintana struck out Tyler Saladino before allowing an RBI-single to Manny Pina. Lorenzo Cain hit a sacrifice fly and Christian Yelich knocked one more run in with a double to trim the deficit to 7-3.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to go to his bullpen. Reliever Brad Birch came in for Quintana and was able to get Ryan Braun to ground out to third.

Hey, it’s still a series win

It’s way too early to say these games were on “must-win” level but they were definitely important. It was huge for the Brewers to take two out of three games against the Cubs as the trade deadline approaches.

Milwaukee is trending up, having won eight of their last 12 games and three out of their last four series.

There is uncertainty though regarding the starting rotation moving forward. Expect Adrian Houser to get one of the starts against the Oakland Athletics this week. But who starts the other games? The Brewers don’t have an answer for that yet.

What’s next?

The Brewers (56-51) are off Monday before starting a nine-game road-trip beginning in Oakland against the Athletics (59-47) Tuesday night.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game one of a three-game set from the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday night.

Defensive battle

There wasn’t a run scored from either team through the first five innings. Gio Gonzalez and Kyle Hendricks showcased a classic pitcher duel with excellent defense behind them. Both defenses put on a highlight reel of great plays early on.

In the first inning, Lorenzo Cain made a sliding catch on a liner from Anthony Rizzo and doubled Kris Bryant off first.

Ian Happ told Cain to “Hold my Beer” in the bottom half of the frame with a beautiful sliding grab into the wall robbing Mike Moustakas.

In the second inning, Gonzalez showed off his reflexes snagging a line drive that came right back at him.

One batter later, Eric Thames showed he isn’t just a power hitter.

Brewers starting rotation takes another hit

Gonzalez pitched a gem, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits, while striking out nine. However, he had to leave the game with left shoulder tightness. It was his best start of the season and his second start since returning from nearly a two-month stint on the IL.

“With Gio, we’re kind of day to day,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He really just stiffened up is what we’ve got right now. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day; we’re not ruling him out for his next start. He got stiff. That was a long inning. He felt like he couldn’t get loose through that inning and there was some stiffness there with that warmup pitch that he threw, so we stopped it.”

The Brewers had to place Brandon Woodruff and Jhoulys Chacin on the IL this week alone. Already down two other starters, the Brewers can’t afford to lose a third.

“It kind of stiffened up, it kind of grabbed a little bit so we all just kind of played it safe by backing off a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “I think I’ll be alright. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the seventh inning so I was just hanging in there.”

It appears Gonzalez is going to be okay and won’t be ruled out from his next start, at least for now. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. If Gonzalez can’t go in his next scheduled the start, Milwaukee will only have two healthy starters | Zach Davies and Chase Anderson.

Gamel comes up clutch

Milwaukee found some life in the eighth inning beginning with rookie Keston Hiura drawing a one-out walk off Brandon Kintzler. Then, Kintzler hit Eric Thames putting two men on base.

Pedro Strop came into replace Kintzler and hit pinch-hitter Ryan Braun on his first pitch to load the bases. Next, Jesus Aguilar popped out, bringing up Ben Gamel.

Gamel came through for the Brewers in the eighth inning with a two-out single to put Milwaukee in front 3-2.

This has to be looked at as the biggest win of the season so far for the Brewers. It was a fun game to watch and had multiple big time moments. The fans brought it as well making a playoff-type atmosphere. Still, there’s more work to be done for Milwaukee. A win on Saturday will go a long way as they try to work their way up in the NL Central standings.

What’s next?

The Brewers (55-50) will look to take the weekend series over the Cubs (55-48) Saturday night. Chase Anderson (5|23.90 ERA81 SO) will get the start opposite of Jon Lester (9|63.87 ERA, 105 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm.