Yelich beats throw, Brewers beat Cubs in 9th
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[September 04, 2018]
Christian Yelich beat out a
potential inning-ending, double-play grounder to give the Milwaukee
Brewers a walk-off, 4-3 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs on
Monday afternoon at Miller Park.
Erik Kratz walked to open the ninth off Steve Cishek (4-3) before
being replaced by pinch runner Keon Broxton. Orlando Arcia was hit
by a pitch, and both runners advanced on a passed ball before Curtis
Granderson struck out against a five-man infield. Lorenzo Cain was
then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant backhanded Yelich's grounder and
stepped on third for the second out of the inning, but Yelich easily
beat the throw to first to give the Brewers their fifth victory in
Cain had two hits and an RBI, and Yelich had two RBIs as the Brewers
moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the first
National League wild card. Jeremy Jeffress (8-1) pitched a scoreless
ninth for the victory.
Anthony Rizzo had half of Chicago's six hits, and left-hander Cole
Hamels made another strong start for the Cubs, who had won 10 of 12.
They still lead the Brewers by four games in the NL Central. The
teams will play five more times in the next nine days.
Rizzo gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead on a two-run, two-out homer in the
eighth inning off Josh Hader, the only hit Hader allowed in 2 2/3
innings. Rizzo has 15 career homers at Miller Park.
The Brewers tied the game on Carl Edwards Jr.'s two-out,
bases-loaded walk to pinch hitter Mike Moustakas in the bottom of
the eighth. Granderson and Cain singled to open the inning before
Ryan Braun walked with two outs to load the bases. Cubs manager Joe
Maddon was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after the second
pitch to Moustakas, who drew a four-pitch walk.
Hamels threw six innings and allowed five hits and two runs in his
seventh start since joining the Cubs in a trade in late July. He
struck out five and walked one.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a two-run homer in the
eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at
Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
In August, Hamels was 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in six starts, the lowest
ERA of any major league qualifier. He became the first lefty in the
live-ball era to pitch at least five innings and give up no more
than one run in his first six appearances with any team, according
to STATS LLC.
Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies gave up four hits and one run in
five innings in his first start since May 29. He had been sidelined
due to a shoulder injury. Davies struck out seven and walked one.
Javier Baez gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first inning on
aggressive baserunning after singling with one out. Baez took third
on Rizzo's single to center and scored when center fielder Cain
dropped the ball while attempting the transfer from his glove to
make a throw.
The Brewers took a 2-1 lead on RBI singles by Cain and Yelich in the
fifth inning. Arcia singled and went to second on a two-out balk
before scoring on Cain's single. Cain took second on the throw and
stole third before Yelich singled him in. Yelich was out attempting
to stretch it into a double.
--Field Level Media
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