Villar’s Pair Of Home Runs Propels The Brewers To Series Win Over Cubs
September 8, 2016 in Sports News
Jonathan Villar hit a pair of home runs, Keon Broxton took away a home run from Anthony Rizzo in the ninth inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday.
Milwaukee, which has won six out of its last seven games, took two of three in the series with the major-league leading Cubs. The Wrigleyville team has now lost three out of the last five games, but still holds a 15.5 lead in the N.L Central over the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Milwaukee’s first hit of the night came via Villar’s first home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Villar’s second home run of the night came off Chicago’s sixth pitcher of the night, Joe Smith (2-5), in the bottom of the eighth.
Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel (1-2) pitched an inning, striking two, to take the victory while Tyler Thrnburg stroke one to earn his ninth save in 13 save opportunities.
The Cubs biggest threat in the ninth inning was Rizzo’s powerful center field hit that threatened to leave the field, but Broxton jumped up and grabbed it, taking away the would-be home run.
Chicago’s starting pitcher Mike Montgomery pitched the first five innings, walking two and striking six while allowing a run and two hits. Milwaukee’s starter Matt Garza pitched six innings, walking two and striking five, while allowing a run and three hits.
In other games of the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cardinals 3-4, the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-6 and the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 1-3.