MLB Game Recap - Chicago at Milwaukee
Sun Sep 8, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

TEX
10
BAL
4
F
KC
0
MIA
9
F
PHI
10
NYM
7
F
ARI
3
CIN
4
F
TOR
3
TB
8
F
WAS
9
ATL
4
F
STL
2
PIT
0
F
CLE
5
MIN
2
F
CHC
5
MIL
8
F
SEA
1
HOU
21
F
LAA
1
CHW
5
F
DET
1
OAK
3
F
COL
1
SD
2
F(10)
SF
0
LAD
5
F
NYY
10
BOS
5
F

September 8, 2019 2:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Chicago (76-66)

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

5

7

0

Milwaukee (74-68)

1

0

0

5

0

2

0

0

x

8

9

1

W: Suter (1-0)

L: Lester (12-10)

S: Hader (29)

CHC - HR: Heyward (19)

MIL - HR: Austin (9) , Thames (21)

Brewers beat up Lester, top Cubs 8-5 to narrow WC lead
Sun Sep 8, 2019 6:44 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers had a final chance this weekend to deal direct damage to the Chicago Cubs' grasp on the second NL wild card, and they didn't waste it.

Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers' five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 Sunday to earn another series victory. The Brewers took 3 of 4 at home a week after winning 2 of 3 at Wrigley Field, and that pulled them within two games of the Cubs for the second wild card with three weeks left in the regular season.

"I think that's what we had to do at a minimum, just to get a little bit closer," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "And, we did it."

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was succinct in his assessment.

"They beat us. They absolutely beat us," he said. "They deserved to win. We didn't. We've got to put it in the rearview mirror quickly."

The Cardinals are 4 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the NL Central lead. The Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 and are a 1/2 game ahead of Milwaukee in the wild-card chase.

"We've got our work cut out for us, but we've put ourselves in a very good position," Counsell said.

Staked to a 3-1 lead, Lester (12-10) allowed RBI hits to Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez before Austin delivered his fourth pinch homer this season. Eric Thames added a solo shot off Lester in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor added an RBI single off Duane Underwood Jr. for his first major league hit.

Lester second guessed himself on his approach to Austin.

"That's a big turning point, anytime you give a three-run homer," Lester said. "Hard to come back from."

Milwaukee's Brent Suter (1-0) followed starter Adrian Houser and pitched scoreless ball across the fifth and sixth innings.

Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee reliever Jimmy Nelson in the top of the ninth. With one out and a runner on, Brewers manager Craig Counsell brought on closer Josh Hader, who pitched the final two innings and got the win Saturday night. Hader struck out the final two batters for his 29th save in 35 chances Sunday.

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball from Houser. He fell to his knees, holding his head, but eventually was able to compose himself and walk to first base accompanied by Maddon and two trainers.

Russell keyed a three-run rally before Ian Happ replaced him in the field. Russell stole second with a head-first slide and later scored on right fielder Christian Yelich's throwing error. Lester and Ben Zobrist each had a run-scoring double.

Russell was pulled in a precautionary move. He has a nasal contusion and is under evaluation for a possible concussion. He will travel with the team to San Diego.

The Cubs are already missing two-time All-Star shortstop Javier Baez, who is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his left thumb. David Bote might fill in for Russell if he misses time.

Lester allowed eight runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

Danny Hultzen, in his long-awaited major league debut, hit Yelich in the left hand with a 94 mph slider that deflected and hit plate umpire Will Little just above his right knee. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Little as he turned and buckled over. After a brief delay, Little went back behind the plate. A 64-second review confirmed that Yelich had been hit.

Hultzen was the second overall pick by Seattle in the 2011 draft but was beset by injuries in the minors. Each of the first 29 players selected that year have now appeared in a major league game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant got the game off. He's been dealing with a sore right knee for more than two months. He added to the aggravation by fouling a pitch from Hader off his right leg in the eighth inning of Saturday's loss.

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen and is ready to face live hitters.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA) makes his 27th start of the season and 15th on the road Monday night against RHP Cal Quantrill (6-6, 3.45 ERA) and the San Diego Padres. Cubs are 3-0 in his last three starts.

Brewers: RHP Jordan Lyles (10-8, 4.46 ERA) makes his second career appearance and first start against RHP Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.00 ERA) and Miami at Marlins Park on Monday night.

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Pitchers of Record

Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Lester (L, 12-10) 5.1 7 8 3 7 13.50 1.875
Milwaukee IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Suter (W, 1-0) 2 1 0 0 1 0.00 0.500
J. Hader (S, 29) 0.2 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Heyward 4 2 1 1 2 0 6 0 3.0
J. Lester 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1.0
Milwaukee AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
T. Austin 1 1 1 1 3 0 4 0 4.0
C. Yelich 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.1

Team Comparison

CHC MIL
At Bats 34 31
Hits 7 9
Batting Average .206 .290
On Base Percentage .270 .405
Slugging Percentage 0.382 0.581
Doubles 3 1
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 1 2
Total Bases 13 18
Walks 2 5
Strikeouts 11 13
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 5 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 3/9 3/11
Double Plays Fielded 6 0
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - MIL Leads Series 10-9

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
Sun Sep 8 CHC 5 @ MIL 8 B. Suter J. Lester

Game Information

Stadium: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 44,217
Game Time: 3:09
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?