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Brewers pound Cubs to close the gap

June 23 2018, 11:16 | Van Peters

Brewers pound Cubs to close the gap

Brewers pound Cubs to close the gap

Those Diamondbacks seem all but assured of a playoff spot at this point, as they have a seven and a half game lead over the Colorado Rockies for the top National League wild card spot. If the Brewers are to overcome that deficit and make their first postseason appearance since 2011, they'll have to do it behind a rotation led by 16-game victor winner Zach Davies, veteran Matt Garza and breakout pitcher Chase Anderson. Anthony Rizzo hit a ball in the fifth that would normally have been a three-run shot, but the wind knocked it down and killed a potential go-ahead home run.

Instead of going with rookie Brandon Woodruff on the hill, the Brewers chose to give Matt Garza another shot and it backfired. Nelson made 29 starts for the Brewers, going 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 175 1/3 innings pitched.

Garza is in the final year of a four-year deal that paid him $50 million. Saturday was no different, with Montgomery allowing four runs on two hits and four walks and recording only six outs before being pulled in the midst of a disastrous third inning. "There's not a lot of time left in the season so any time he misses will significantly impact our chances of making it to the postseason". Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Montgomery has a 10.13 ERA and 1:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. "Guys show up every single day just worrying about the game that day".

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Nelson, 28, suffered the injury on Friday night against the Cubs.

The Cubs' victory over the Pirates lowered their magic number to 19 over the pesky Brewers, but their Central Division number only dropped to 20, as the St. Louis Cardinals have jumped back into second place in the division, one half game ahead of Milwaukee.

"My biggest thing was to get the guys back in the dugout, get them swinging the bats", Anderson said. Nelson would pitch the bottom half of the frame but was ultimately replaced by reliever Josh Hader.

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