Cubs Game Notes For Thursday vs. Milwaukee
* The Brewers blanked the Reds, 7-0, at Great American Ball Park last night, salvaging one win in the three-game series. Milwaukee has shut out three opponents this month – tied with the Orioles’ for most in baseball.
* Chicago shut out St. Louis, 7-0, yesterday at Busch Stadium, and became the first MLB team to clinch a playoff spot this season when both the Mets and Giants lost last night. At 93-52, the Cubs need just seven wins in their last 17 games to record 100+ wins for the first time since going 100-54 in 1935.
* The Cubs have won 10 of 15 meetings with the Brewers in 2016, including all six games at Wrigley Field. Dating to August 11, 2015, Chicago has an overall mark of 11-1 in its last four home series vs. Milwaukee.
* Jimmy Nelson allowed four runs (all earned) in 6.0 IP last Friday in St. Louis, losing to the Cardinals, and dropping to 0-4 with an 8.39 ERA in his last five road outings. Nelson is 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
* Mike Montgomery went 5.0 innings and allowed just one run (earned) eight days ago in Milwaukee, garnering his fourth straight no-decision since being inserted into the Cubs’ rotation on August 20. Montgomery has faced the Brewers three times in his career (twice in relief), recording a 2.45 ERA and 0-0 record in those contests.
* Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI yesterday, and enters tonight batting .387 with four multi-hit games, four homers and nine RBI in his last eight contests. Santana is just 1-for-12 (.083) with one RBI in four career gams vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field.