Corbin Burnes was spectacular again and Keston Huria provided the spark offensively and defensively, but the Brewers normally reliable bullpen faltered Wednesday afternoon at American Family Field, losing to the Chicago Cubs in their series finale, 2-1
Burnes pitched seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He also struck out ten and walked just one batter before giving way to Brad Boxberger in the 8th inning.
But Boxberger allowed the Cubs to tie the ballgame on Rafael Ortega’s RBI single to right. Trevor Gott had relieved Boxberger by then, but the latter was responsible for runner Christopher Morel, who had tripled two batters prior.
As for Huria, playing out of position in left field today, he went back to the wall on a P.J. Higgins deep drive. Leaping at the precisely correct moment, Huria appeared to have saved at least one run in the then-scoreless game.
Keeping his personal momentum up the next inning, Huria launched an Adrian Sampson pitch deep into the left field stands, staking Burns and his team to a 1-0 lead.
After today’s loss, the Brewers take Thursday off, opening a series at home with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.