MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 341
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 x 680
  W: F. Peralta (2-0)   L: A. Alzolay (0-2)   S: J. Hader (1)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, April 12, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 11,209

Brewers look to remain on roll heading into series with Cubs

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Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Since 2018, the Cubs and Brewers have split their 52 meetings, 26-26. Those 52 games have averaged 7.40 combined runs per game, the fewest between any divisional opponents over that span.
  2. The Cubs are the third team in the modern era to average 5.0 hits per game or fewer through nine games (5.0), joining the 2003 Tigers (4.2) and 2013 Pirates (4.7). They are the fourth team in the last 40 years to have a sub-.100 batting average with RISP through nine games (.095), joining the 1988 Rangers (.085), 2004 Expos (.058) and 2016 Twins (.076).
  3. Over their last five games, the Brewers' starters have allowed just one earned run in 28.0 innings (0.32 ERA), the second-lowest starter ERA in a five-game span in franchise history (0.29 from May 31 to June 4, 2017).
  4. Adbert Alzolay allowed two home runs in his season debut on Tuesday against Milwaukee after allowing one all of last season (21.1 IP). It was just the second time in Alzolay's 11 MLB appearances in which he allowed at least four runs (other was July 1, 2019 at Pittsburgh -- seven runs).
  5. Freddy Peralta has struck out 14 of the 29 batters he has faced this season -- his 48.3 strikeout percentage is second in MLB behind teammate Corbin Burnes' 48.8 (minimum 25 batters faced).
  6. Omar Narvaez went 4-for-7 with two home runs in Milwaukee's series at Wrigley Field last week. Prior to that, Narvaez was 5-for-34 (.147) with zero home runs and one RBI in his career against the Cubs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/12/2021 thru 4/14/2021

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to stay hot when they welcome the National League Central rival Chicago Cubs on Monday night to open a three-game series.

Milwaukee has won four of its past five games, including a 9-3 decision over the host St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. The Brewers have won back-to-back series against the Cubs and Cardinals to bounce back from a shaky start to the season.

"The last two games, this team has gotten hot," said Brewers catcher Manny Pina, who ripped a two-run shot Sunday for his first homer of the season. "We won the series here and now we go back home for six games (against the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates). It's good for us to start a game like that with confidence."

However, injuries could put a damper on the Brewers' positive feelings. Christian Yelich's status is up in the air after the left fielder exited the Sunday game because of back stiffness, and third baseman Travis Shaw is a question mark after fouling a pitch off his right shin Sunday and leaving in the fifth inning.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell took a wait-and-see approach when asked about both players' status.

"For Christian, it's low back tightness, day-to-day," Counsell said. "Travis has a right shin contusion and it's going to be the same, day-to-day. We'll see how they're doing (Monday). I'm not ruling them out. We'll see how they are when they get to the field."

The main question for the Cubs is not related to injuries, but whether their bats can come alive after a largely dormant start to the season.

Chicago is coming off a 7-1 road loss against the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. It marked the fourth time in the past five games that the Cubs scored two runs or fewer.

Cubs manager David Ross is looking for a better approach from his players as a new week begins.

"I would say we have to play a little bit cleaner brand of baseball," Ross said. "I know that (all) the mistakes didn't show up on the board, but some of their leadoff hitters got on base on plays that I thought our guys usually make."

Cubs right-hander Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will face the Brewers for the second time in a row. The 24-year-old Venezuelan gave up four runs on four hits in five innings to Milwaukee in his season debut on Tuesday.

Alzolay is 2-3 with a 4.89 ERA in 11 games (seven starts) in his brief career and 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in two games (one start) against the Brewers.

For Milwaukee, right-hander Freddy Peralta (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will look to build upon his terrific start to the season. He has given up three hits, walked seven and struck out 14 in his first seven innings over one relief appearance and one start.

In seven career games (two starts) against the Cubs, Peralta is 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA. He has 26 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.

"I think we overlook how difficult it is to get big-league hitters out with one pitch," Brewers pitching coach Chris Hook said. "(Peralta) is able to get guys out with one pitch, but I think there's a freedom he feels and I think that's what you're seeing now. 'I've got a slider. I've got a changeup. I've got a curveball. I've got options. I never feel like I'm stuck and I have to make a perfect pitch.'"

--Field Level Media

Updated April 12, 2021

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