WATCH: Closer Knebel clutches hammy, goes to ground after throwing pitch, as Brewers are shut out
For the second consecutive game the Milwaukee Brewers were shut out.
First it was by the rival St. Louis Cardinals — a game in which Milwaukee’s red hot Christian Yelich was injured.
Thursday, it was at the hands of the Chicago Cubs — a game in which closer Corey Knebel injured his hamstring and is now headed to, at least, the 10-day DL.
The Cubs, who were shutout themselves the previous two games, won 8-0.
Knebel’s injury looked bad but the the severity hasn’t been determined. He couldn’t put much weight on it after collapsing and grabbing his hamstring and he will have an MRI on Friday.
Brewers lose Corey Knebel to injury in an 8-0 game pic.twitter.com/R5IQeeAQhj
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The pitcher had several days off so manager Craig Counsell decided to get him some work, despite the 6-0 score. Knebel was not pitching very well, finishing ⅔ giving up a two-run home run to No. 9 hitter Jason Heyward.
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The Brewers have now lost three of four after a 3-0 start. The lone win came on back-to-back home runs — the second, a Braun walk-off — down a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against St. Louis.
Brent Suter (1-1) pitched allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings in the loss Thursday.
Jon Lester got the win, striking out six, while walking one over six innings in which he gave up just three hits.
Brewers: Yelich was not in Milwaukee’s lineup with right oblique tightness. He was removed from the game against St. Louis in the seventh inning Wednesday.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0) is 4-1 in eight career starts at Milwaukee.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (0-0) makes his third appearance and first start of the season.