Brandon Woodruff produced another gem and the Milwaukee Brewers scored the most of their two hits, beating the Chicago Cubs 2–1 to register their seventh consecutive win.
Milwaukee — Brandon Woodruff produced another gem and the Milwaukee Brewers made the most of their two hits, registering their seventh consecutive win as they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
The day after beating Chicago 14–4, the Brewers extended their NL Central lead to five games. The second-placed Cubs lost their fifth place in a row.
Milwaukee managed to win with only an RBI double by Christian Yelich in the first innings and an RBI single by Jess Peterson in the fourth. Both runs were scored by Zack Davis (5–5), making his debut against his former team.
Woodruff (7-3) allowed one run on four hits in six innings, struck in eight and lowered his ERA from 1.89 to 1.87.
Brent Sutter and Jake Cousins finished seventh, Brad Boxberger eighth and Josh Hader worked his 20th save in 20 chances.
Haider allowed a one-off single to Jock Pedersen and went to Wilson Contreras, but then dismissed pinch-hitter Jose Lobaton on a bouncer to Javier Baez.
Davis conceded two runs on two hits with three walks in four innings. Davis won 43 games in his five seasons with Milwaukee, including a 17-9 record in 2017, before being traded to San Diego after the 2019 season.
Chicago tied it in fourth place when Baez gave a triple and Patrick Wisdom gave a double each. Jason Hayward goes, but Woodruff dismisses Sergio Alcantara and hits Eric Sogard on the pop out.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but failed to capitalize. Cousins relieved with a runner on first and two outs and Contreras went and hit Baez with a pitch, but then dismissed Ian Happ.
Cubs: Kris Bryant, suffering a pain in the right side while diving for a ball on Monday against the Dodgers, was not in the lineup. 1B Anthony Rizzo, who left Saturday’s game against Los Angeles with a tight back, was also out but is improving, manager David Ross said.
Brewers: 2B Colten Wong, troubled by a left calf tightness, took groundball and batting practice, but was dropped from the lineup for the third straight game. “We’re going to avoid the injured list here, I think we know at this point, but as far as his availability or starting a game tomorrow, there’s no decision yet on that. ,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
LHP Adam Morgan selected from Triple-A Iowa and RHP pitcher Trevor Magill was selected for Iowa. INF Matt Duffy was transferred to the injured list for 60 days. RHP Ryan Tapera was placed on a 10-day IL (left calf strain). RHP Tommy Nance was recalled from Iowa. Morgan felt relieved to start the eighth innings.
The Brewers will opt for a bullpen game for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, but no starter has yet been named. RHP Jake Arietta (5-8, 5:32 ERA) starts for the Cubs.
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