Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers (46-61) played a double header against the Chicago Cubs (48-58) in which they won both games. Tonight, the Brewers will look to try and sweep the four game series.
In the first game, the Brewers rallied late to win 6-5 over the Cubs. Yovani Gallardo made the start for Milwaukee and was pulled from his start with left hamstring tightness. Gallardo lasted 4 2/3 innings while giving up three runs on six hits, three walks and struck out one. John Axford came in after Gallardo’s departure and was tagged for two runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched.
The Brewers’ Rob Wooten pitched a perfect sixth inning while striking out two, which led to his first major league win. Jim Henderson slammed the door in the bottom of the ninth to acquire his 13th save of the season while walking two and striking out one.
Carlos Villanueva was the Cubs’ starter and was hit hard, but did not receive a decision. Villanueva pitched 6 1/3 innings while giving up four runs on six hits, two walks and struck out six. James Russell came on in relief and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while being handed his third loss this season.
Jean Segura got the offense going in the first game when he hit a solo home run, his 12th. Yuniesky Betancourt would follow suit in the fifth inning with a solo homer, his 12th as well. In the seventh, the Brewers would take the lead when Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, his second and when Segura hit a double scoring Norichika Aoki. In the seventh, Aoki stole his 16th base of the season.
Tyler Thornburg started for Milwaukee in the second game, a close 3-2 Brew Crew win. Thornburg was effective, but did not receive a decision as he went six innings and only gave up four hits, three walks and struck out six.
Burke Badenhop picked up his second win as he pitched two innings while giving up two unearned runs. Once again, Henderson shut the door on the Cubs as he pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth, getting his 14th save.
The Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta was efficient, but he did not receive a decision. Arrieta went six innings while giving up one run on two hits, three walks and struck out two. Kevin Gregg came on in the ninth and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk while receiving his third loss.
Juan Francisco started things up in the fifth when he hit a solo home run, his 14th. Jeff Bianchi, who had come up big previously in the series, once again came through in the ninth with a single that scored Aoki and Segura. Carlos Gomez stole his 27th base of the season in the fourth.
The four game series comes to a close tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET / 7:05 p.m. CT with the Brewers looking to sweep. The projected starters are Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.54 ERA) for Milwaukee and Edwin Jackson (6-11, 4.89 ERA) for Chicago.