After all, the Milwaukee Brewers dynamic bullpen is fallible.
For the second time in three days, the Chicago Cubs took the lead in the ninth inning off closer Josh Hader and this time held it.
PJ Higgins hit a leading RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth and, unlike two previous gamesCubs closer David Robertson held onto save to send the Brewers to a 2-1 loss and series loss.
The Brewers led 1-0 and came in eighth. With regulars Devin Williams apparently unavailable, Brad Boxberger threw the eighth in relief to Burnes and gave up the tying run when Christopher Morel tripled from the top of the wall into center right and scored on Rafael Ortega’s one- out single.
Milwaukee put the go-ahead run at third base with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Willy Adames popped into foul territory and, on an intentional walk by Rowdy Tellez, Luis Urías swinging struckout to bring the attack back to 4 for 24 in the series with runners in scoring position.
BOX SCORE: Cubs 2, Brewers 1
Hader led off the ninth by walking Patrick Wisdom — 0 for 3 with three strikeouts so far in the day — on four pitches before striking out a pair of batters. In a 1-1 count, he threw Higgins a slider that stayed over the plate and the Cubs catcher drove him past first baseman Rowdy Tellez to score Wisdom, who had stolen in second.
The loss threw a gem off Milwaukee starting pitcher Corbin Burnes, who got seven shutout-innings, gave up only three hits and struckout 10.
He only faced a runner in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, when he worked around a double both times for a scoreless inning.
Keston Hiura, who was making his second career start in left field, came to the rescue of Burnes when, following Alfonso Rivas’ one-out double in the fifth, he made a spectacular grab when he crashed face-first into the outfield fence for extra save bases and run.
Burnes struckout a few batters in his last inning in the seventh and ended with no runs on only three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.
The outing marked Burnes’ 18th career game with double-digit strikeouts, tying Yovani Gallardo’s franchise record.
The Brewers didn’t get a runner off Burnes’ counterpart, Cubs-starter Adrian Sampson, until Christian Yelich led off the fourth with a single. The Chicago righthander had faced the minimum through 4⅔ innings until Hiura broke that streak by launching a 3-2 pitch at 440 feet to center left, leaving the Brewers 1-0.
Sampson finished with one of the best starts of his career, going 5⅔ and giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out five and not walking.
But that was the only attack the Brewers could muster on the day to give the team a frustrating defeat to their rivals.
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