Brewers clinches fourth straight playoff berth with victory vs. Cubs

Milwaukee (AP) — Manny Piña returns home twice, connecting Eduardo Escobar and Jace Peterson, and Milwaukee Brewers wins the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Saturday night for the fourth straight victory bottom.

Brewers won their seventh win in nine games, at least to secure a wildcard, after San Diego and Cincinnati lost early in the day. Milwaukee has three more magic numbers to win the NL Central title than St. Louis.

“We have a little celebration tonight,” said Corbin Burnes, a Brewers starter and NL Cy Young Award nominee. “But the main celebration is when we close the department.”

Burns has been upset by his standards on his first start since he threw eight innings in combination with no-hitters and no-runs a week ago. He allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings and hit 11.

The right-handed player gave up Ian Happ’s 23rd home run and put a man in fifth. It was the first Homer allowed by Burns since August 6th, when Brandon Belt in San Francisco took him deep.

“It’s not perfect every night, so a sixth zero can be a big part of the game that helps you win the ball,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “That’s what he did tonight.”

Milwaukee’s backup catcher, Pinha, recorded the first run of the night when he sent Justin Steele’s two opening ceremonies to the center. Escobar led the third place in a solo shot and drew 1-1.

Burns left the game with a 3-2 lead thanks to Peterson’s 6th home run, but the Cubs scored one inning with Lorenzo Cain’s second home run by Willson Contreras. Brad Boxberger was tagged with a 2-out solo shot for a 4-4 game.

Pinha attacked again from the eighth lead-off spot and sent a 0-2 slider from Scott Efros (2-1) to the left fielder. Kolten Wong drove Pablo Reyes with an infield hit and insured him later in the inning.

“I didn’t know if it was fair or foul,” said Pinha. It was a good swing, a good contact. “

Devin Williams (8-2) pitched to scoreless 8th, and Josh Hader stranded two runners in 9th on his 33rd save.

Unfriendly restrictions

The Cubs bullpen allowed eight rallies on Saturday for the second consecutive day, but Cubs manager David Ross said his team continued to put pressure on Hader in the ninth inning to stand in the scoring position. I was impressed.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win both of these nights,” Ross said. “It’s not clear, and certainly (stinking), but I’m proud to have had the chance to put (runners) in 2nd and 3rd place and connect this in 9th place.”

The defeat was the Cubs’ 11th consecutive win for Brewers, who won 15 of the first 18 team-to-team meetings this season, 6th in a row at the American Family Field, 1-6 in 2021. is.


Pinha’s multi-homer game continued to be impressive for Brewers’ backup catchers, who scored five home runs and 22 RBIs in the last 22 games with a batting average of .310 (58-18) on Saturday.

“He’s turning to his best offensive season,” Counsel said. “It’s not about batting average, it’s about power, home runs, and driving on the run. He’s had a great season and ended it tonight.”

Just another day in the office

If not on the video board, the 33,625 fans at hand on Saturday night might not even have noticed that Milwaukee had clinched the playoff berth.

After Hader defeated Patrick Wisdom and ended the game, there were few celebrations other than a regular post-match handshake back to the dugout, but the muted response was due to the Brewers choosing to postpone until they locked. The title of NL Central was by design. This can be done as early as Monday when the Cardinals come to Milwaukee for a four-game series.

“We put the ability to win the division under our control,” Counsel said. “That’s our goal and we’re sticking to that goal. We know we’re in the playoffs and everyone is excited about it, but we win this division. I feel like I have the right to wait until. “

Trainers room

Cubs: INF Nicohorner arrived in Milwaukee on Saturday and participated in batting practice, but will not be active until Sunday prior to the Series Finale against the Chicago Brewers. Horner has been out with diagonal tension since late July. Ross plans to make Horner a shortstop daily starter to assess the progress of the picks in the first round of 2018, which was limited to just 39 games due to injury this season. ..

Brewers: OF Avisail Garcia has been removed from the lineup for three consecutive games. The counsel wanted Garcia to return on Saturday, but after evaluation, medical staff determined that Garcia was not at the time they wanted.


Rivals conclude the 2021 season series on Sunday with the Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (1-2, 2.53 ERA) playing Milwaukee’s left-handed Eric Lauer (6-5, 3.10).


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