The Milwaukee Brewers are on a roll. They have already been credited by Chicago media for causing the fire sale that led to their rebuild. Additionally, Corbin Burnes flirted with history on Wednesday night in historic 15-strikeout performance. However, the Brewers’ offense saved its best for last in their latest thumping of the Baby Bears of Chicago.
Luis Urias- Extra Base Hit Machine
When the Milwaukee Brewers acquired Willy Adames in late May, many believed it spelled the end of Luis Urias’ regular playing time. After all, Urias had been a disaster on defense at short stop, the position Adames was acquired to play. However, Urias has instead slid into the everyday third base role, and has seen his own offensive numbers improve.
Urias’ improved offense was on full display in the Brewers’ 17-4 drubbing of the Cubs on Thursday. The third baseman went 5/5 with three doubles, two home runs, and five RBI. He also scored five runs.
"The best game of my life, hitting-wise."
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) August 12, 2021
The performance, by the way, was one of the best offensive performances in Brewers and MLB history:
- Five extra base hits ties a MLB record; it has only been done fifteen other times in the past. Jackie Bradley Jr. now with the Brewers, accomplished the feat back in 2015 with the Red Sox.
- Urias is the first Brewers’ player to record five extra base hits in a game.
- He is also the first Brewers’ player ever to have five RBI and score five runs in a single game.
The Brewers vs Cubs Rivalry Has Shifted
For the longest time, the Chicago Cubs had the Brewers’ number. The Cubs competed for division titles for decades while the Brewers were mired in a battle not to finish in last place. As a result, the Cubs had a commanding lead in the all-time series against the Brewers. However, after the 17-4 Brewers’ victory, the tide has officially turned.
Tidbits from Brewers' 17-4 win:
— Season-high 24g over .500.
— First ever 4g series sweep of Cubs.
— Outscored Cubs 27-4 the last two days, 37-9 in series.
— 9g winning streak vs. Cubs is longest for any Milwaukee MLB team.
— Brewers now lead all-time matchup, 198-197.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 12, 2021
As Adam McCalvy tweeted, the Brewers have finally overtaken the lead in the all-time series against the Cubs. It was also the first time the Brewers ever swept the Cubs in a four-game series. In fact, the Brewers have not lost to the Cubs since April 23.
The Brewers have not lost to the Cubs since April 23, when Josh Lindblom allowed 8 ER's out of the bullpen.
— Coach Riley (@BadgersRiley) August 12, 2021
Luis Urias Could Break More Records Next Time He Sees the Cubs
Obviously, Luis Urias is feasting on Cubs pitching this year. The Brewers have one more three-game series against Chicago this season, and it could put Urias into the Brewers’ record book again.
Most total bases in a season by a Brewer against the Cubs:
1. Christian Yelich- 43 (2019)
1. Richie Sexson- 43 (2002)
3. Ryan Braun- 42 (2012)
4. Luis Urias- 40 (2021)
Brewers have three more games against the Cubs this year.
— Corey Green (@greenandold) August 13, 2021
Urias just needs four more total bases against Chicago to pass Christian Yelich and Richie Sexson for the most total bases against the Cubs in a season. That final series between the two clubs will be September 17-19 in Milwaukee.
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