Brewers drop series finale to Cubs

Cubs' bullpen woes are costing them as the trade deadline approaches

Cole Hamels could return to Cubs this week

Career vs. Cubs: 5-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts), including 1-0 this season - in relief April 5. Brewers 2B Keston Hiura and RF Christian Yelich have 14-game hitting streaks, which now lead the majors. "I thought it was great". They entered Sunday on pace to lose 50 road games for the first time since going 30-51 away from home in 2006, the final year of the Andy MacPhail/Dusty Baker regime. He was greeted with a home run by Ben Gamel and a double by Lorenzo Cain on the next pitch.

"I've never seen anything like this", reliever Steve Cishek said.

The bullpen has faltered late in back-to-back losses to the Brewers this weekend, suboptimal outcomes that left Chicago tied with the Brewers and a game behind the Cardinals for first place in the crowded NL Central.

Things were briefly looking up for the Cubs when Albert Almora Jr. gave them the lead with a 10th-inning home run, but Craig Kimbrel allowed two home runs and three runs total in the bottom of the 10th, making it multiple blown leads Saturday and leaving team executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at a loss. We just have to keep fighting.

Cubs: 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, on the restricted list for personal reasons since May 8, will soon start a minor-league rehab assignment. "From the beginning, it's been all about him and his family". "Zo is not going to beat around the bush". He's not going to give you a bunch of smoke screen. "He's going to tell you exactly what's going on".

Strasburg (14-4) took over the major league lead in wins after striking out nine, walking none and limiting a potent LA lineup to one run and two hits.

Yoan Moncada homered and doubled twice, and Ivan Nova allowed just two hits over six innings as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Minnesota.

Cubs: Infielder Daniel Descalso was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to July 24, with a sprained left ankle. He got one out in the eighth.

Chicago acquired LHP Derek Holland from San Francisco for a player to be named.

Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes, on the IL with right shoulder irritation, pitched one shutout inning with a strikeout for Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday night. "Gio reported today with soreness", Counsell said. "We had a couple tough ones". I think there's a chance he makes his next start still. Just get treatment today. "As he starts to throw, then we'll have an idea".

After José Quintana was unable to get through the fifth, left-hander Kyle Ryan ate 2 1/3 innings and allowed just one baserunner on an error. Brad Brach (6.05 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) is having the worst season of his career.

The meltdown Saturday came after starter Jon Lester asked out after seven innings due to an illness that led to him being scratched from a start earlier in the week. The Angels put together one last rally in the ninth inning, getting a run on a David Fletcher single, but Mychal Givens struck out Trout and hen got Justin Upton to pop out with the bases loaded for his ninth save.

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