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Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers series recap

The Chicago Cubs found a way to win their fourth straight series this week over the Milwaukee Brewers. The series win drew the Cubs to within three games of the Brewers in the National League Central Division. These two teams will not meet again until the final weekend of the regular season in Milwaukee.

It was a rocky start to the series for Chicago. Milwaukee got to Jameson Taillon for four runs in the top of the first inning on Monday. The game was never really in question after that. The Cubs did get a run in the bottom of the first on a solo homer by Ian Happ, but they never made the Brewers sweat in the opener. Patrick Wisdom also chipped in a solo home run in the 6-2 loss. Former Cub Wade Miley got the win for the Brewers giving up only those two runs over six innings.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel. Justin Steele and Corbin Burnes both pitched really well for their respective clubs. The Cubs scratched out a first-inning run when a Cody Bellinger ground out scored Nico Hoerner. That would be enough for the Cubs pitching staff on the night. Steele would earn the win allowing six hits and striking out eight in six innings of work. David Ross was able to use his trusted bullpen arms to close things out with Mark Leiter Jr. pitching a scoreless seventh, Julian Merryweather pitching a scoreless eighth, and Adbery Alzolay pitching a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save. That trio only allowed one hit in their three innings of work.

Game three looked to be playing out in a similar script for Ross and the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks started for Chicago and only gave up one unearned run in six innings of work. Merryweather followed him and got four outs without giving up a run. The Cubs held a 2-1 lead when Leiter Jr. took over for Merryweather. The wheels came off for Leiter Jr. After retiring the first batter he faced he gave up a single and two walks. That forced Ross to bring in Alzolay with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Alzolay hit Mark Canha with the bases loaded forcing in the tying run.

The Cubs would answer with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Christopher Morel led off the inning and reached on a fielding error by Willy Adames. Mike Tauchmann followed that up with a walk. Hoerner then bunted the runners over on a 1-3 sacrifice bunt. Happ followed and hit a ground ball to first. Morel tried to score from third but was cut down at the plate. With two outs, Cody Bellinger legged out an infield single to score Tauchmann and give the Cubs the lead.

Alzolay shut down the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth for his 23rd save. The Cubs gained a game on the Brewers by winning two of three. Here is how the NL Central standings currently look:

Milwaukee Brewers 74-59

Chicago Cubs 71-62 3.0 GB

Cincinnati Reds 69-66 6.0 GB

Pittsburgh Pirates 61-73 13.5 GB

St. Louis Cardinals 58-76 16.5 GB

The Cubs head to Cincinnati on Friday for four games with the Reds. The Brewers will host the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game set over the weekend.


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