Cubs, Brewers set to meet at Wrigley Field

Cubs Game Notes For Friday vs. Milwaukee

Had the Cubs not dropped the first two games of their series in Pittsburgh, the division may have been out of reach.

The Milwaukee Brewers sit just four games back in the NL Central and three back of the Colorado Rockies for the second Wild Card spot entering play on Saturday.

Instead of going with rookie Brandon Woodruff on the hill, the Brewers made a decision to give Matt Garza another shot and it backfired. Nelson emerged as one of the better pitchers in the National League this season, compiling a solid 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 199 strikeouts - all career-best numbers - in 175.1 innings, and his 10.2 K/9 was the fourth-best rate in the NL this season.

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Garza is in the final year of a four-year deal that paid him $50 million. Their confidence and resilience has been strong all season, and there's no reason to believe that will change any time soon.

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 7 • Carlos Asuaje hit a tying single and an error by left fielder David Peralta allowed the go-ahead run to score as San Diego overcame a five-run deficit in the ninth inning on the road. They were unable to find that big clutch hit though. Then they turn around and get swept by the Cincinnati Reds. According to Baseball Reference, the Cubs have only been beaten that badly by the Brewers on three occasions, with their last loss of this magnitude against Milwaukee coming in 2010 when they were throttled 18-1 by the Brew Crew.

The Chicago Cubs didn't have much to show tonight in the first Friday night game regular season game at Wrigley Field.

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