MLB Game Recap - Milwaukee at Chicago
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

OAK
3
NYY
4
F(11)
CIN
6
STL
10
F
MIL
2
CHC
0
F
HOU
4
TOR
6
F
NYM
6
PHI
3
F
MIN
7
DET
10
F
CLE
6
TB
9
F
MIA
0
WAS
7
F
CIN
2
STL
3
F
BAL
5
KC
7
F
CHW
5
ATL
11
F
LAD
5
ARI
6
F
PIT
11
COL
4
F
SEA
2
TEX
3
F
SD
4
SF
1
F
BOS
4
LAA
10
F

August 31, 2019 2:20 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Milwaukee (69-66)

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

8

0

Chicago (73-62)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

W: Guerra (8-4)

L: Hamels (7-5)

S: Hader (27)

MIL - HR: none

CHC - HR: none

Brewers beat Cubs 2-0, snapping Chicago's 4-game win streak
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:10 PM

CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers showed last year they know how to finish strong.

They are hoping for a repeat performance this season.

Manny Pina drove in two runs with a first-inning single and Josh Hader closed out a strong performance by Milwaukee's bullpen, helping the short-handed Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Saturday.

Ben Gamel had three hits for Milwaukee, which had dropped four of five. Gamel was recalled from the minors before the victory.

Milwaukee pulled within four games of Chicago for the second NL wild card. The Brewers rallied to the NL Central title a year ago, chasing down the Cubs in the last part of the season.

"It's not magic; it's playing good baseball," manager Craig Counsell said. "We're capable of that, and that's what it's gonna take.

"That's what we did today."

The Brewers used five pitchers in the six-hitter. Zach Davies worked 4 2/3 innings before Matt Albers finished the fifth. Drew Pomeranz got two outs and Junior Guerra (8-4) worked 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball.

Hader then earned his 27th save, recording five outs on just 12 pitches. The All-Star left-hander struck out two.

Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and rookie Keston Hiura were out of Milwaukee's starting lineup. Braun pinch-hit in the sixth and Cain entered in a double switch in the bottom of the eighth.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had two hits in his return after missing the previous five games with mid-back tightness.

Chicago wasted a solid performance by Cole Hamels (7-5), who allowed five hits in six innings. The Cubs had won four in a row.

Gamel led off the game with a double to left. One out later, Christian Yelich and Yasmani Grandal drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Pina then singled to center.

"After that first inning, when he was missing a little bit, he kept getting better," manager Joe Maddon said of Hamels.

Despite pitching a shutout, Davies was lifted before he qualified for the win. Hamels doubled with one out in the fifth and Jason Heyward followed with a lineout to first base. Counsell then brought in Albers to face Nicholas Castellanos, who flied out to right to end the inning.

The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Guerra retired Addison Russell on a comebacker to end the inning.

"You kind of knew going in it was gonna be that style of a game because from here on out every game is important," Davies said. "You don't want to put more emphasis over these games, but these games are the only games you have left.

"There comes a time when you have to put the foot on the gas and start to go."

ROSTER MOVES

Hiura, who left Friday's game in the sixth, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

"He's going to play again this year, but he's going to miss some time," Counsell said.

The Brewers also recalled Gamel and infielder Travis Shaw from Triple-A San Antonio. Right-hander Devin Williams was sent down.

ON HIS WAY

The Cubs activated Ben Zobrist from the restricted list Saturday night to help with their postseason push. The 38-year-old Zobrist has been out since May 8 while going through a divorce.

Infielder David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Mark Zagunis was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: LF Braun (back) and CF Cain (sore left knee) both are day to day, and it's uncertain when they might return to the starting lineup. Moustakas (left palm, wrist) likely will be out a few more days.

Cubs: C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) went 0 for 1 and was hit by a pitch Friday night in a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa. He was expected to play again Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish (5-6, 4.25 ERA) faces Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 4.34 ERA) Sunday in the series finale. Darvish is coming off perhaps his best start of the season, allowing one run in eight innings in a victory over the Mets. Gonzalez was roughed up by St. Louis on Monday, allowing nine runs in five innings.

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Pitchers of Record

Milwaukee IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Guerra (W, 8-4) 1.2 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000
J. Hader (S, 27) 1.2 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000
Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
C. Hamels (L, 7-5) 6 5 2 3 7 3.00 1.333

Batting Leaders

Milwaukee AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Gamel 5 3 1 0 0 0 5 0 3.0
H. Perez 4 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.5
Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
A. Rizzo 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.0
C. Hamels 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.0

Team Comparison

MIL CHC
At Bats 35 33
Hits 8 6
Batting Average .229 .182
On Base Percentage .308 .229
Slugging Percentage 0.314 0.212
Doubles 3 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 0
Total Bases 11 7
Walks 3 2
Strikeouts 11 7
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 10 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 1/11 0/5
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - CHC Leads Series 8-6

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 5 CHC 10 @ MIL 13 C. Anderson J. Quintana
Sat Apr 6 CHC 14 @ MIL 8 C. Hamels C. Burnes
Sun Apr 7 CHC 2 @ MIL 4 Z. Davies K. Hendricks
Fri May 10 MIL 7 @ CHC 0 G. Gonzalez J. Quintana
Sat May 11 MIL 1 @ CHC 2 T. Chatwood B. Smith
Sun May 12 MIL 1 @ CHC 4 J. Lester J. Chacin
Fri Jul 26 CHC 2 @ MIL 3 A. Houser B. Kintzler
Sat Jul 27 CHC 3 @ MIL 5 F. Peralta C. Kimbrel
Sun Jul 28 CHC 11 @ MIL 4 B. Brach Z. Davies
Fri Aug 2 MIL 2 @ CHC 6 J. Quintana Z. Davies
Sat Aug 3 MIL 1 @ CHC 4 R. Wick J. Guerra
Sun Aug 4 MIL 2 @ CHC 7 Y. Darvish A. Houser
Fri Aug 30 MIL 1 @ CHC 7 J. Quintana C. Anderson
Sat Aug 31 MIL 2 @ CHC 0 J. Guerra C. Hamels

Game Information

Stadium: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 40,178
Game Time: 2:57
Weather: 70F, Mostly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?