Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Brewers rip NL Central away from Cubs in Game 163

Brewers rip NL Central away from Cubs in Game 163

The Brewers won the division for the first time since 2011, with a 3 to 1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central tiebreaker game Monday night.

Josh Hader, the fifth Brewers pitcher, took care of matters from there, throwing two innings of one-hit relief for his 12th save, striking out three. Freeland pitched against the Cubs' once in 2018, tossing 7 innings, allowing 3 runs and 6 hits as he struck out 5 in a losing effort. They'll face off at 3:09 p.m. Monday at Dodger Stadium, with the victor capturing the West and the loser getting on a plane to play the wild-card game on the road.

All four teams are already assured playoff spots, either as a division champ or wild card.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't immediately announce a starter Sunday.

Unfortunately, due to the Brewers' ugly games against the Cubs earlier in the season, they lost the series.

The Brewers will need to sweep the Tigers and have the Cubs lose at least once over the next two days to have a chance to win the NL Central. In 63 games since the break, however, he's hit.361/.445/.770 and crushed 25 home runs. Jon Lester will start for the Cubs, but Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Cole Hamels and possibly Kyle Hendricks would be available out of the bullpen.

Yelich is hitting.323 in his first season with Milwaukee, sealing the first batting title in Brewers' history. Yelich only trails in the RBIs column - he has 109 and Javier Baez of the Cubs leads with 111. And don't count out Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar, who has 35 home runs. Reliever Alec Mills, who was up and down with the Cubs this year, held the fort for the most part over two-plus innings.

"Rest is nice", center fielder Lorenzo Cain admitted.

Quintana has a 4-1 record with a 2.17 ERA in six starts against Milwaukee this season.

That increased workload didn't appear to have much of an adverse impact on the group, which also led the league with a 1.98 ERA in September, including a 1.72 mark over the final 26 games.

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