Lorenzo Cain’s homer is all Brew­ers pitch­ers need in 1-0 win over Cubs.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Front Page - Todd Rosiak and Tom Hau­dri­court

Af­ter strug­gling all sea­son to score runs against the Chicago Cubs, the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers have fi­nally turned the ta­bles.

Rid­ing a strong start from Jhoulys Chacín, some stand­out re­lief from Jeremy Jef­fress, Josh Hader and Corey Knebel and a home run by Lorenzo Cain, the Brew­ers did just enough to shut out the Cubs for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game at Miller Park — this time by a score of 1-0 on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“They’ve had our num­ber all year long,” said Cain. “So to take two out of three is def­i­nitely nice.”

Chacín (6-1), Mil­wau­kee’s most con­sis­tent starter of late, lim­ited Chicago to four hits and three walks while strik­ing out a sea­son-high-ty­ing over six in­nings and 100 pitches be­fore mak­ing way for Jef­fress in the sev­enth.

Cain’s third-in­ning homer off Mike Mont­gomery pro­vided just enough breath­ing room, and Jef­fress

and Hader com­bined to strike out four of the eight hit­ters they faced in the sev­enth and eighth.

Knebel then struck out a pair in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the sea­son and give Mil­wau­kee its first se­ries vic­tory over Chicago since sweep­ing the Cubs last Sept. 8-10 at Wrigley Field.

Mil­wau­kee also length­ened its lead in the Na­tional League Cen­tral back out to 11⁄2 games.

“We’re a good base­ball team. We know they’re a good base­ball team,” Brew­ers man­ager Craig Coun­sell said. “This se­ries wasn’t go­ing to de­cide any­thing, but we know that’s a team that’s go­ing to be there in the end so wins against them are im­por­tant.

“We played a good se­ries. It was a fab­u­lous se­ries. I sound like a bro­ken record, but we pitched in­cred­i­bly again. That’s a lineup that’s scor­ing a lot of runs and we shut them down with our pitch­ing very well.”

The shutouts are the first ever on con­sec­u­tive days for the Brew­ers against the Cubs. They blanked the Cubs in two straight games in 2006 — a se­ries fi­nale on April 20 and a se­ries opener on June 26.

The 1-0 shutout was just the sec­ond ever by the Brew­ers against the Cubs in the teams’ 341-game, all-time se­ries.

The only other time it oc­curred? On July 5, 2004 at Miller Park, with a firstin­ning Coun­sell homer de­cid­ing it.

“I re­mem­ber the pitcher was Matt Cle­ment,” Coun­sell said.

It was Mil­wau­kee’s sev­enth shutout over­all, and the sec­ond time this sea­son it shut out an op­po­nent in back to back games (Cincin­nati, April 17-18).


DAVIES THROW­ING AGAIN: Righthander Zach Davies threw his first bullpen ses­sion since go­ing on the DL for the sec­ond time with ro­ta­tor cuff in­flam­ma­tion. The team will go slower with Davies this time around af­ter the is­sue re­oc­curred af­ter his first DL stint. Coun­sell said Davies is prob­a­bly three weeks away from re­join­ing the ro­ta­tion.

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES SLIP AWAY: The Brew­ers went 0 for 2 Tues­day night with run­ners on third and less than two outs, and 0 for 2 again in the se­ries fi­nale. They have been one of the worst teams in the ma­jors at com­ing through in such si­t­u­a­tions, rank­ing 26th in the ma­jors with a .244 bat­ting av­er­age. They are 17th with 15 sac­ri­fice flies in those si­t­u­a­tions.

ROUND­ING THE BASES: Cain’s third-in­ning homer gave the Brew­ers 84 for the sea­son, one fewer than the Na­tional League-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Cain upped his to­tal to eight, ty­ing him with Ryan Braun and Chris­tian Yelich for third-most on the team.

LONG FUSE: Home-plate um­pire Jim Reynolds ex­er­cised great re­straint in the eighth in­ning. Af­ter Hader opened by strik­ing out Al­bert Almora, he fol­lowed by get­ting An­thony Rizzo look­ing at a called third on a 94-mph fast­ball right at the knees and on the out­side corner. Rizzo tossed his bat think­ing he’d walked, only to start bark­ing fu­ri­ously at Reynolds when he re­al­ized he’d struck out. Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don hur­ried out of the dugout to pro­tect Rizzo, and nei­ther was be­ing ejected.

PLAY­ING THE GAME: Mad­don got

creative with his align­ment in the bot­tom of the eighth. He brought in righthander Steve Cishek to open the in­ning, and Orlando Ar­cia greeted him with a sin­gle. The Brew­ers then pinch-hit Eric Thames, prompt­ing Mad­don to bring in left-han­der Brian Duensing and in­sert Cishek in left field. Duensing struck out Thames on four pitches, then Mad­don re-in­serted Cishek to face Cain and moved Duensing to left. Cishek got Cain to ground out, then Duensing was re-in­serted to face Yelich with catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras tak­ing over in left.

Yelich im­me­di­ately tested Con­tr­eras with a fly ball to­ward the left-field corner, but he tracked it down for the third out.

“I was ac­tu­ally con­fused,” Cain said. “I did not know Cishek went to left field at all. I was ex­cited to face a lefty, be­cause I love fac­ing left­ies, then it kind of broke my heart when I saw (Cishek) come in. I didn’t want any part of him.”

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