WP: Jose Quintana
LP: Chase Anderson
HR: Ben Zobrist (11)
It was the last thing the Brewers needed going into the last week of the season: a blowout loss. Actually, last thing is putting it lightly. As a person who hates the phrase “must win game” this was a must win game.
Milwaukee was dominated for nine innings by the Chicago Cubs and their midseason acquisition Jose Quintana. Quintana threw a complete game shutout and only allowed three hits and a walk while striking out 10.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s best pitcher of the season, Chase Anderson, put together a quality start. Anderson went 6.1 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs and a walk. Compared to Quintana’s dominate performance, he might as well have been shelled for eight runs in the first.
Offensively, the Brew Crew managed N-O-T-H-I-N-G. As I already said, Quintana held them to three hits and a walk. Milwaukee didn’t even have more than one runner on base in a single inning. Two runners reached second base in the game after Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana stole bases.
The Cubs’ magic number is now at two. The only good news is that the Brewers are still only a game and a half back of Colorado for the second Wild Card (pending the outcome of Colorado’s game today against the Padres) with St. Louis only a half game behind Milwaukee.
The Crew starts its last six games Tuesday against Cincinnati. Zach Davies (17-9, 3.84 ERA) takes on Deck McGuire (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at 6:40 p.m.