Mike Fiers recorded 14 of his 18 outs via strike out in six innings of work pitching the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 win and split of the four game series with the Chicago Cubs Thursday.
Fiers (2-1, 1.29) only allowed three hits and one walk in his outing that finished with 106 pitches and for a second quality start in a row after filling in for Matt Garza.
Five other pitchers in Major League Baseball recorded fourteen or more stirkeouts: Clayton Kershaw (who the Brewers will face Friday), Jon Lester, Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners) and Max Scherzer who also did it Thursday beating the second place Pittsburgh Pirates extending the Brewers lead in the NL-Central to 2 1/2 games.
Brewers offense, that struggled in games two and three, backed up Fiers right away in the opening inning scoring two runs off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson. Scooter Gennett capped of the inning with a two-out double to right scoring Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis.
In the third inning, the Brewers made the score 3-0 again with two-outs when Davis connected on a solo home run to left for his 20th of the season.
After Fiers retired his seventh batter in a row, the Brewers added two more runs in the fourth. Elian Herrera, who got the start at shortstop for Jean Segura, tripled home Lyle Overbay. A few batters later with two outs, Carlos Gomez singled to left field scoring Herrera.
Herrera recorded three hits to lead the offense.
Jackson would get pulled after 4 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and five runs while walking three.
The Cubs would get their two-runs in the seventh inning off reliever Zach Duke. Duke retired the first two batters faced, then allowed a single. Duke looked to be out of the inning, but a throwing error extended the Cubs threat. The very next batter would single to left making the score 5-2. The runs given up by Duke were unearned.
Mark Reynolds would help the Brewers get one of those runs back in the next inning. With two-outs, Reynolds put a ball into the left field bleachers for his team leading 21st home run.
Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress finished out the final two innings to close out the victory.
Up next for Milwaukee, is a three game weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers the same team that finished out the last homestand at Miller Park. The Brewers will see two pitchers they did at Miller Park. The first one will be Zack Greinke Friday against Jimmy Nelson. Greinke took the loss giving up four runs. Game two of the series will be Yovani Gallardo versus Clayton Kershaw. Kershsaw snook out of the finale with a win despite the Brewers making four baserunning mistakes. First pitch for the first two games are 9:05pm since the game is on the west coast.