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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 161
Milwaukee1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 220
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  W: B. Woodruff (7-3)   L: Z. Davies (5-5)   S: J. Hader (20)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 29, 2021
American Family Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 24,423

Kolten Wong hopes to rejoin Brewers' lineup vs. Cubs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. These teams faced off nine times in April, with the Brewers winning six of them. The Cubs scored 15 runs in an April 23 home win (15-2), and 16 combined runs in the other eight games (including three shutouts).
  2. Milwaukee has matched a season high with five straight wins (twice previously). The Brewers' current 3.0-game lead in the NL Central (over second-place Chicago) is their largest of the season.
  3. The Cubs have scored two or fewer runs in 11 of their last 14 games, going 5-9 over that span. Their 3.40 runs per game in June ranks 29th in MLB, ahead of only St. Louis (2.88).
  4. Javier Baez leads the Cubs in home runs (18) and RBI (47) but has struck out an MLB-high 103 times. That's the most strikeouts in team history prior to July in a season, surpassing his own mark of 101 in 2019.
  5. Kyle Hendricks has won eight consecutive starts, with a 2.25 ERA over that span. The last Cub to win eight straight starts within a single season was Jake Arrieta in his 2015 Cy Young campaign, and the last to win more than eight straight was Milt Pappas in 1972 (11).
  6. Over his last eight starts, Freddy Peralta is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA. For the season he ranks in the top five among NL ERA qualifiers in ERA (2.11, fifth), opponent batting average (.134, second; J. deGrom, .115) and strikeouts per nine innings (12.7, second; J. deGrom, 14.1).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/28/2021 thru 6/30/2021

Kolten Wong helped the Milwaukee Brewers get their six-game winning streak rolling, and he is eager to return to the lineup as the team looks to maintain the run.

The second baseman, who missed his second consecutive game due to left calf tightness on Monday, is anxious for manager Craig Counsell to write his name in the lineup as the Brewers continue their series against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

"I told Couns I hope tomorrow's a lot better," Wong said Monday. "Every day's been dramatically better."

Milwaukee routed Chicago 14-4 in Monday's series opener on the strength of a 10-run eighth inning that broke open a 4-all tie.

Six Brewers logged multi-hit games, with Avisail Garcia, Willy Adames and Keston Hiura each delivering home runs. Hiura had two hits and four RBIs, Garcia had three hits and three RBIs and Adames had two hits and three RBIs.

Jackie Bradley Jr. collected two hits in the eighth inning alone, including a double that put Milwaukee in front to stay.

Although Counsell said before the game that Wong could be available for a possible pinch-hitting appearance, Wong remained on the bench to rest.

An offseason acquisition who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wong has had two stints on the injured list this year due to a strained left oblique.

"That's the biggest thing for me," Wong said. "It's something about this year and the injury bug -- I'm just trying to fight and get that out of there. The past couple years have been pretty good, and kind of dealing with little things here and there has been frustrating."

With four straight losses and 10 defeats in their past 14 games, the Cubs certainly can attest to aggravation.

The series loomed as a big one for both teams, with Chicago in position to tie Milwaukee atop the National League Central with a three-game sweep.

That result no longer is possible as the Cubs look to regroup.

"I think the division always brings a little extra, and the guys that are leading the division that you're chasing always bring a little extra," Chicago manager David Ross said.

Ian Happ (two hits) and Patrick Wisdom both delivered two-run homers for the Cubs on Monday. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup because of lower back tightness and is day-to-day.

Chicago has been outscored 30-9 during the losing streak while striking out at least 12 times in each game.

Right-hander Brandon Woodruff (6-3, 1.89 ERA) is set to start Tuesday for the Brewers. He is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Cubs, including nine starts, with 62 strikeouts in 50 innings. That includes three dominant starts this season in which he went 1-0 with a 0.47 ERA, striking out 22 and walking three in 19 innings.

Righty Zach Davies (5-4, 4.31) gets the call for the Cubs in his first appearance since starting Cubs' combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. He tossed six innings, walking five and fanning four, before he was lifted after making 94 pitches. Three relievers completed the no-no.

Davies, who made 111 starts with Milwaukee from 2015-19, will face the Brewers for the first time in his career.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 29, 2021

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