Brewers beat Cubs 2-1 in pitchers' duel
Corey Knebel was sharp when his team needed him recording a crucial strikeout to secure the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs Friday night.
The Cubs were threatening to tie the game up in the top of the ninth inning with a runner on third and two outs. After a first pitch ball, Knebel fired three more fastballs in the upper nineties, all for strikes. On the strikeout pitch, he was able to get Cubs' Kyle Schwarber swinging.
Brewers' starter Brent Suter went seven strong innings, giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out five Cubs. He did not allow any runs and picked up his second win of the season.
Recently acquired Cubs' starter Jose Quintana also only gave up four hits, but allowed two runs. He struck out six Brewers.
The Brewers' runs came on two groundouts, one in the second inning and one in the fourth. The Cubs got their only run on a Javier Baez homer in the eighth.
The Brewers (55-50) are now just one-half game behind the Cubs (54-48) for first place in the NL central.