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Brewers beat the Cubs so early Central Race heats up

CHICAGO – A 7-0 win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Brewers extended the winning streak to seven matches. It lifted them to a virtual band with Chicago for the first place in the National League Central, with St. Louis just behind. And since it was Brewer's 40th game, it means they will be tied only when they turn the corner on the first quarter of the regular season in the middle of the fourth innings on Saturday. In other words, this thing plays just like most prognosticators are forecasting. • Box Points "It's challenging," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said as his team prepared to play at Wrigley Field for the first time since winning last year's NL Central tiebreaker game. "You learn all about it when you have to play a 1 63th game. You know everything is meaningful. It became clear to us last year that we've been talking about – you feel you are talking about it daily, really. The guys are all aware of it. We've talked about it with the guys. "We're in this division. There are good teams in it. It is competitive. There are no simple games. It's just what it is. Friday Friday was one of the hard-won games. Gio Gonzalez gave two hits while beating pointless ball in the sixth inning to lower his ERA to 1.69 in three starting since the brewers took him back and relievers Corbin Burnes and Junior Guerra avoids jam when jam was…

CHICAGO – A 7-0 win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Brewers extended the winning streak to seven matches. It lifted them to a virtual band with Chicago for the first place in the National League Central, with St. Louis just behind. And since it was Brewer’s 40th game, it means they will be tied only when they turn the corner on the first quarter of the regular season in the middle of the fourth innings on Saturday.

In other words, this thing plays just like most prognosticators are forecasting.

• Box Points

“It’s challenging,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said as his team prepared to play at Wrigley Field for the first time since winning last year’s NL Central tiebreaker game. “You learn all about it when you have to play a 1

63th game. You know everything is meaningful. It became clear to us last year that we’ve been talking about – you feel you are talking about it daily, really. The guys are all aware of it. We’ve talked about it with the guys.

“We’re in this division. There are good teams in it. It is competitive. There are no simple games. It’s just what it is. Friday

Friday was one of the hard-won games. Gio Gonzalez gave two hits while beating pointless ball in the sixth inning to lower his ERA to 1.69 in three starting since the brewers took him back and relievers Corbin Burnes and Junior Guerra avoids jam when jam was tight.

After the brewers came to him at Miller Park last month, Cubs starter Jose Quintana snapped back in shape , limiting the bridges to Ryan Braun s fourth inning solo homer for the first six frames, before Milwaukee broke through for two more runs in the seventh, Braun’s home run gave him 18 homers and 69 RBIs in 84 career games at Wrigley Field, followed by only Albert Pujols 29 homers and 75 RBIs here among active players.

And Brewers’ middle infielders shined Other baseman Hernán Pérez did a few gn Icing stops, including a sliding twist on an Albert Almora Jr. ball in the third inning that denied Cubs a 1-0 lead. In the seventh, with the jetty’s lead up to 3-0, shortstop Orlando Arcia beat an unassisted double play, gently chasing down leaders before reaching third. That decision stopped denying Cubs another running.

Just as in October in Game 163, the docks ended at the top. But the celebration in the extended, refurbished visitors’ clubhouse was more subdued this time around.

“It’s another year, different groups, different situations,” said Christian Yelich on Friday morning. “Come in, I might have thought about it for a short second, but it’s even another clubhouse. Everything is completely different. Of course, it was a lot of fun last year, and this is our first time back since then. But it is many different circumstances. “

Adam McCalvy has covered Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and as he on Facebook.

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