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Junior Guerra tosses gem: MIL 5, CHC 3

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Junior Guerra notched a season high 11 strikeouts and the Brewers offense was on point in this afternoon's victory.

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Brewers Pitcher: Junior Guerra (7 IP), Michael Blazek (1.0 IP), Tyler Thornburg (1.0 IP)
Cubs Pitchers: Jason Hammel (6.0 IP), Justin Grimm (0.2 IP), Clayton Richards (0.1 IP), Trevor Cahill (1.0 IP)

HR: Dexter Fowler (4), Chris Carter (12), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (2)
SV: Tyler Thornburg (1)

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In last night's 13 inning game, the Cubs didn't score a run until the 9th inning. Today Dexter Fowler made sure Cubs fans wouldn't have to wait that long. He knocked a lead off home run in the first inning. Then in the second inning Miguel Montero followed up a double by Jorge Soler with a single to add another run.

I truly believe the Cubs are the best team in baseball this year both on paper and in practice. But it was nice to see the #Cubes show up for an inning at least. In the bottom of the second Kirk Nieuwenhuis had reached base. The next batter drew a walk, but Nieuwenhuis had started running on the pitch. To play it safe Montero threw to second, but the fielder whiffed and Nieuwenhuis went all the way to third. Then he would score on a wild pitch to cut the Cubs' lead in half.

Chris Carter tied the game in the fourth inning with a solo shot. The man is a beast. On the replay it just looked like one of those lazy kind of swings, just to get wood on the ball. Instead of a lazy popup or fly out, it was a line drive home run out to dead center. The man is a beast.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is not someone I would describe as having beastly attributes. Yet he too hit a home run and his was of the multiple runs variety. Two runs to be exact. Scooter Gennett lead off the sixth inning with a single and was on base when Nieuwenhuis launched just his second HR of the season.

The karmic retribution for my ridiculing the #Cubes was a wild pitch/passed ball by the Brewers in the 7th inning allowing MIguel Montero to score from third--which he reached because Nieuwehuis misplayed a tough ricochet in center earlier that inning. Still the Brewers were able to hang onto a 4-3 lead after the inning.

In fact, Junior Guerra was absolutely filthy today. He lasted 7 innings--his longest out of the season. He did allow 3 runs, which is by no means terrible. The truly impressive feat was his 11 strikeouts. It's the most by a Brewers pitcher this year and the way things have been going will likely stand as the high water mark for a long time.

The Brewers took a 5-3 lead (Hernan Perez drove in Scooter Gennett in the 8th) into the ninth inning. But instead of Jeremy Jeffress coming on for the save, it was Tyler Thornburg. This was solely due to the fact that Jeffress had pitched in 5 games over the last 6 days. Coming into this game Thornburg never had a save at the major league level. After he walked the first two batters it very much seemed like that would not change. However after striking out Javier Baez, Thornburg got Fowler to fly out, and struck out Jason Heyward to secure the victory for the Brewers and his first major league save.

NEXT GAME:

Friday, May 20 - 6:10 pm CT, Brewers @ Mets: Wily Peralta vs Steven Matz (LHP)