MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 670
Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 042
  W: B. Woodruff (2-0)   L: J. Arrieta (3-2)
11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE12:20 PM CT, April 25, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 10,343

Brewers' Brandon Woodruff seeks first-ever win vs. Cubs

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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Brewers have won four of six games between the clubs in 2021, limiting the Cubs to 13 runs and a .129 batting average. Milwaukee starting pitching has a 1.54 ERA against the North Siders, with 46 strikeouts and only 13 hits allowed.
  2. Milwaukee allowed only three runs in a three-game sweep of the Padres in San Diego. The Brewers gave up only 15 hits in the series and lead the majors with a .189 opponent batting average for the season.
  3. The Cubs are also coming off a three-game series sweep, having taken three straight from the Mets between Tuesday and Thursday. Chicago has scored 40 runs in its last five games (4-1) after scoring only 34 times in its first 13 contests (5-8).
  4. Omar Narvaez's .396 batting average leads MLB catchers and ranks second among all players (minimum 50 plate appearances for both). Only Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. (.419) has a higher average.
  5. Javier Baez has struck out an MLB-high 34 times, having whiffed at least once in 13 of his last 14 games. The only exception was Wednesday's win over the Mets -- in which Baez connected for a grand slam.
  6. Brett Anderson has struck out only eight batters in 17 innings -- but opponents are hitting only .226 on balls in play against him. Kyle Hendricks allowed seven earned runs against the Braves on Sunday, tying a career high; the four home runs he surrendered were a new career high.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2021 thru 4/25/2021

Brandon Woodruff insists he will be focused on results, not revenge, when he and the Milwaukee Brewers wrap up a three-game series against the host Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

The rubber match of the three-game series offers a potentially dramatic storyline. The Cubs threw at Woodruff back on April 13 -- a move that came after Brewers pitchers had plunked multiple Cubs hitters.

Cubs right-hander Ryan Tepera drew a three-game suspension for throwing a 95 mph fastball behind Woodruff's legs. Tepera described the pitch as "a message that we had enough" after Willson Contreras and others were hit by Brewers pitchers.

This time around, Woodruff said, he does not plan to escalate the feud.

"I get it. I know you want me to try to say something, but I'll put it behind me," Woodruff said. "It is what it is. I know that's kind of a big story, but I'm not looking at (Sunday) as, 'I'm going to come in here and hurt somebody' or something. That's not it at all.

"I'm just trying to compete and I'm trying to throw strikes and I'm trying to get outs and that's it. I'm not worried about anything else. I knew the questions would come, but seriously, I haven't thought about that since that series ended, and I'm totally just focused on trying to do my job."

Woodruff (1-0, 1.96 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season and his third against the Cubs. The right-hander has limited Chicago to one run on four hits in 13 innings this season, but he still is looking for his first win against the division rivals as he is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts).

The Cubs will counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.86), who also will make his fifth start of the season. He will face the Brewers for the second time this season, following an initial meeting April 14 in which he allowed three runs on four hits in five innings.

The 35-year-old Arrieta is 9-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 20 career starts against the Brewers.

In his most recent outing, Arrieta earned the win against the New York Mets. He gave up one run on three hits, walked three and struck out four -- all while wearing short sleeves with the game-time temperature at 36 degrees.

"Battled, did a nice job of limiting damage," Arrieta said. "Had some walks in there, but still was competitive throughout."

The Cubs won the series opener 15-2 on Friday before falling short 4-3 on Saturday.

Manny Pina delivered a pinch-hit, two-run home run that proved to be the difference in Saturday's win for the Brewers. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in the past five games, and Chicago's four-game winning streak came to an end.

The teams already have faced each other eight times this season, with Milwaukee holding a 5-3 edge. The Brewers are 2-1 on their home field and 3-2 at Wrigley Field.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2021

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