MLB Game Recap - Chicago at Milwaukee
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NYY
5
BOS
1
F
ARI
2
CIN
0
F
KC
7
MIA
2
F
TOR
3
TB
5
F
STL
10
PIT
1
F
TEX
9
BAL
4
F
PHI
5
NYM
0
F
CHC
2
MIL
3
F
SEA
1
HOU
2
F
CLE
3
MIN
5
F
LAA
8
CHW
7
F
WAS
4
ATL
5
F
COL
0
SD
3
F
DET
2
OAK
10
F
SF
1
LAD
0
F

September 7, 2019 7:10 PM

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Chicago (76-65)

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

2

4

1

Milwaukee (73-68)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

3

7

1

W: Hader (3-5)

L: Kintzler (3-3)

CHC - HR: Russell (9)

MIL - HR: Grandal (25)

Yelich keys Brewers 3-2 win over the Cubs
Sun Sep 8, 2019 12:13 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich's latest heroics left both managers shaking their heads. It also left the NL wild-card race tighter.

Yelich sliced an opposite-field two-out double off Brandon Kintzler to plate the winning run in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Saturday night and tightened up the NL wild card race.

Milwaukee pulled within three games of Chicago for the second NL wild card. The Cubs' lead over Arizona was cut to 1 1/2 games.

"For me, walking away from that game, it is the best game I have ever seen Yelich have," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I know he didn't hit a home run today, but it was an absolutely spectacular game."

Yelich laid off a 1-2 changeup in the dirt, and put the next one in the left-field corner.

"He didn't even flinch at it," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the 1-2 pitch. "We were trying to get him to chase outside the zone. He's kind of other worldly right now."

Yelich expected the Cubs' strategy.

"I didn't know if it was going to be one of those at-bats when they try to get you to expand," he said. "I was just trying to be ready for a mistake. Really, just stay within your zone, and that's what happened."

It was Yelich' second walkoff hit of the season. The other came March 31st against St. Louis in a 5-4 win.

Counsell doesn't know what more he could ask of Yelich.

"As an offensive player, he is doing everything that can be done," Counsell said. "That last at bat is things that MVPs do."

Pinch-hitter Tyler Austin reached on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error and before Yelich batted, Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy came out to talk with Kintzler (3-3). Whatever was said didn't work as Yelich had his 500th career RBI.

"When you make mistakes, that's why he's so good," Cubs catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "That's what he does."

Yelich walked three times and swiped second each time, extending his career-best to 30 steals. He became the 10th player in major league history with 40 home runs and 30 stolen bases, a feat that's been accomplished 12 times, the last by Ryan Braun in 2012. Yelich, who has 44 homers, was on in the first, sixth and eighth, getting the record-setting swipe off Rowan Wick.

Brewers reliever Josh Hader (3-5) walked Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, but Yasmani Grandal lined the first pitch from reliever David Phelps into the Brewers bullpen to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.

Trying to protect a 1-0 lead for Cubs starter Yu Darvish, Kyle Ryan got two quick outs in the sixth before consecutive walks and run-scoring base hit by Ben Gamel tied the game.

Darvish, who was scratched from his scheduled start Sept. 1 due to right forearm tightness, made his team-leading 28th start of the season a good one. He allowed three hits, a walk and seven strikeouts over five innings.

Gio Gonzalez allowed just two hits over five innings, a harmless base hit and Russell's ninth home run of the season. He started at short for Javier Baez who is sidelined indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his left thumb.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: SS Javier Baez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb, putting the rest of his season in jeopardy. An MRI in Chicago on Saturday revealed the extent of Baez's injury, suffered when he slid headfirst into second base last Sunday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. He'll undergo further examination with a hand specialist on Monday. The Cubs haven't announced a timeline for his possible return.

Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell said that C Manny Pina has a concussion and would not play this weekend. Pina left Thursday's game after taking a foul ball off the mask. ... 3B Mike Moustakas, who missed his three consecutive games because his sore left hand, came in as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh. ... Braun was out with a sore back.

40/30 CLUB'S NEWEST MEMBER

"It's pretty cool," Yelich said. "I haven't really thought about it because it hasn't really been on my radar, but it's definitely something that's hard to do, for sure. I'll probably appreciate it a little more later on."

TAYLOR UP

The Brewers recalled OF Tyrone Taylor from Triple-A San Antonio. He made his major league debut in the bottom of the seventh when he pinch hit for Freddy Peralta and promptly got hit by a pitch from reliever Steve Cishek.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA) makes his 22nd career start against the Brewers and third this season at Miller Park where he is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in the two previous outings.

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.45 ERA) makes his second start this season against the Cubs. He allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on Aug. 4.

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Pitchers of Record

Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Kintzler (L, 3-3) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.500
Milwaukee IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Hader (W, 3-5) 2 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.500

Batting Leaders

Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Zobrist 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0
A. Russell 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 1.0
Milwaukee AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
C. Yelich 2 2 1 0 1 3 3 3 4.1
Y. Grandal 5 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 1.0

Team Comparison

CHC MIL
At Bats 30 33
Hits 4 7
Batting Average .133 .212
On Base Percentage .257 .333
Slugging Percentage 0.267 0.333
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 1 1
Total Bases 8 11
Walks 5 5
Strikeouts 12 11
Stolen Bases 0 3
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 6 10
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/7 2/10
Double Plays Fielded 2 5
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - Series Tied 9-9

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
Sun Sep 1 MIL 4 @ CHC 0 J. Jackson T. Chatwood
Thu Sep 5 CHC 10 @ MIL 5 J. Quintana M. Albers
Fri Sep 6 CHC 1 @ MIL 7 Z. Davies C. Hamels
Sat Sep 7 CHC 2 @ MIL 3 J. Hader B. Kintzler

Game Information

Stadium: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 44,323
Game Time: 3:35
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?