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Brewers face growing Cubs in midst of playoffs

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After managing a series split with the National League's best team, the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to improve their play against rivals near the bottom of the league.

The visiting Brewers will seek his second straight win this Friday while avoiding his third straight loss to his team, the recently performing Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee, who has qualified for the postseason for the fifth year in a row, has averaged 3.4 runs in his last 16 games, winning only six times. But at home he won three times and at home Thursday he won 5-3 to save Los Angeles his four-game split against the Dodgers.

"We're in a position where, like most teams, a win makes a huge difference," said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. ``We try to keep winning. , going straight, 6-6. Milwaukee is also 6-7. A season with the Cubs, including a 3-4 at Wrigley Field. 500 in 17 games, Chicago has won his last four series, and after his 3-2 victory over Baltimore in Thursday's make-up contest. For the third straight game, he has won 9 of 13 games. The Cubs are also at home and he's won 7 of 9.

Scheduled Milwaukee starter Aaron Ashby (2-10, 4.24 ERA)'s best performance of the season was probably his 3-1 streak in Chicago on May 30. It was a victory. , fanned a career-high 12 in six innings on four other hits and two walks.

Milwaukee is his only win in Ashby's last 11 games against Pittsburgh on July 8. However, Ashby has posted a 3.22 ERA in his last four starts. In his final outing, he produced two solo homers on one hit while walking two and fanning five over six innings of Milwaukee's 6–3 loss in St. Louis on Sunday. . 313 this season against Milwaukee and going 2-for-3 against Ashby, he walked 3 and he went 2-for-3. . Teammate Franmil Reyes has struck safely in all eight games he's played since joining the Cubs after being released by Cleveland earlier this month. That's a significant improvement for Reyes, who came out and hit nine home runs while batting .213.

"Everybody knows me. When I'm good, they know what I can do," Reyes said on the Cubs website. told to

After scheduled starter Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.67 ERA) allowed a 3-run homer to 4 runs, 1 hit and 3 walks in just 1 2/3 innings, Chicago rallied. Expecting a better effort Sunday's 8-5 loss in Cincinnati. The right-hander has gone 2-2 with a 5.70 ERA in his last five starts. However, Thompson had just three runs (one earned run) and he had nine hits, no walks, and in 13 innings he had 10 strikeouts, making his last two home starts. I am winning.

Milwaukee's Andrew McCutchen struck out in his only at-bat with Thompson, and he's 46-4 against the Cubs this season, but on Thursday he's 2-2. I am hitting a home run.

– Field Level Media