Cubs stop Brewers to increase NL Central lead

Elias Hubbard
July 31, 2017

The Brewers only recorded six hits against the Cubs' pitching staff.

Caratini homered to straightaway center off a 1-2 fastball from Zach Davies (12-5) with one out in the seventh for a 3-2 lead, delighting the bevy of Cubs fans who made the trek north from Chicago. Junior Guerra (1-4, 5.22) goes for the Brewers and Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.95) gets the nod for the Cubs.

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save.

Quintana lasted six, giving up four hits and three walks but only two runs. Since the break, Lackey is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

"Nobody feels good after you lose a game", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Milwaukee scored just five runs in the series and is 0 for its last 31 with runners in scoring position.

Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center told ABC News, "The number of births almost doubled in the last few weeks, from an average of five births per day to nine". "Yeah, it would have been nice to switch-up the standings again, but there's still 55 games or so left to play and we're going to go out and compete in every one of them".

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) is out of the lineup on Sunday. Victor Caratini is starting at first on Sunday. Guerra has struggled after leaving his opening day start with a calf injury. The team is off on Monday, so manager Joe Maddon was hopeful that a two-day break would help Rizzo. The left-hander was a Rule 5 pick from Pittsburgh in 2014 and spent that season in the big leagues, posting a 10.90 ERA in 14 appearances.

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