Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 481
Milwaukee0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 x 690
  W: D. Williams (8-2)   L: S. Effross (2-1)   S: J. Hader (33)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)5:15 PM CT, September 18, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 33,625

Brewers' Corbin Burnes aims to stay hot vs. Cubs

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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Milwaukee is 13-3 against its Chicago rival this season and has won nine straight against the Cubs since April 24. The Brewers' .813 winning percentage against the Cubs this season is on pace to be the best in franchise history -- Milwaukee has never won more than 13 games against Chicago in a season.
  2. The Brewers return home from a road trip, going 3-2 against the Indians and Tigers. Milwaukee is 49-26 (.653) on the road this season and 40-31 (.563) at home. That .090 difference in winning percentage is the largest road-over-home differential in baseball this season.
  3. The Cubs lost to the Phillies Thursday despite jumping out to a 7-0 lead, marking the second time this season Chicago has blown a seven-run lead and lost (June 30 at Mil). The last time the Cubs blew a bigger lead in a loss was in 2002 (8 runs, June 28 at CWS).
  4. Devin Williams struck out all three batters he faced in his last appearance on Tuesday. Since the start of last season, Williams' 136 strikeouts are the most by any relief pitcher in the National League.
  5. Frank Schwindel played his 40th game as a Cub on Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a double and a home run. Schwindel's 1.093 OPS through 40 games is the highest by a Cubs player since Hank Sauer in 1949 (1.117 OPS).
  6. Milwaukee dropped a pair of games in Detroit this week, scoring a total of one run (Tuesday, Wednesday). The Brewers have scored one or fewer runs in 27 games this season, the most of any division leader.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021

Corbin Burnes will attempt to follow up a sensational outing when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in the middle contest of a three-game series.

The right-handed Burnes pitched eight no-hit innings and struck out 14 in a 3-0 road win over the Cleveland Indians last Saturday. He walked just one batter but was pulled after a career-most 115 pitches by manager Craig Counsell.

Left-handed closer Josh Hader struck out two in the ninth to complete the no-hitter, just the second in Brewers' history. Left-hander Juan Nieves (1987) threw the other.

Burnes (10-4, 2.25 ERA) said afterward that he knew he had no chance of being sent out to pitch the ninth.

"Anyone would want to keep pitching in that situation, but if there was anyone I would want out there for the ninth, it would be Josh Hader," Burnes said. "There were no nerves with him. It was more like a done deal when he came in."

Burnes will look to help Milwaukee (90-57) beat the Cubs for the 11th straight time. The Brewers won the series opener 8-5 Friday night and are 14-3 against Chicago this season.

Burnes, a National League All-Star, has struck out 210 in 152 innings and has won eight straight decisions.

One of the victories came against Chicago on Aug. 11, when Burnes struck out a career-high 15 and gave up four hits over eight scoreless innings.

He also matched the major-league record by fanning 10 in a row. Tom Seaver of the New York Mets set the record in 1970, and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies also accomplished the feat on June 25.

The 26-year-old Burnes has dominated the Cubs this season and hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings while winning both starts. He struck out 25 and allowed just six hits.

Burnes owns a 2-1 record with a 3.38 ERA in 10 career appearances (four starts) against Chicago.

Milwaukee has a magic number of two to clinch an NL playoff berth and four to wrap up the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We want to get that Central crown," Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong said afterward. "That NL Central crown is something we've talked about since spring training. We've believed in each other since spring training, even though people were counting us out."

Wong delivered the tie-breaking, two-run single during a four-run eighth-inning uprising in Friday's comeback victory.

Chicago's bullpen unraveled in the eighth inning and gave up three hits and four walks. Right-hander Rowan Wick was charged with all four runs.

"Some nights things work out," Cubs manager David Ross said afterward. "What did we have -- nine walks tonight? Just in general we've got to not give free passes.

The Cubs (66-82) have dropped three straight games and six of their past seven. They also clinched their first non-winning campaign since 2014 with Friday's setback.

Frank Schwindel hit his 14th homer of the season for Chicago.

Left-hander Justin Steele (3-3, 4.17) will start for the Cubs on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Steele lost to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday after allowing five runs (four earned) and 10 hits in five innings.

Steele faced the Brewers on Aug. 10 and took the loss. He gave up three runs and five hits over five innings and served up homers to Willy Adames and Avisail Garcia.

Adames (quadriceps) is on the injured list and is expected to be activated Monday. Garcia (back) has missed the past two games but could be available on Saturday.

Steele is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in three career appearances (one start) versus Milwaukee.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2021