Jonathan Villar clubbed a pair of home runs, one from each side of the plate, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on Wednesday night.
Villar’s second homer came in the eighth inning to put the Brewers in front. The Cubs had one final chance in the ninth and Anthony Rizzo, who had already homered for the Cubs earlier, sent another deep shot to center that was headed out of the park when center fielder Keon Broxton jumped and robbed Rizzo of the potential game tying blast.
Earlier this season, it was Rizzo who stood on the wall in foul territory and reached into the stands to rob Broxton. The Brewers center fielder returned the favor last night.
Matt Garza wasn’t involved in the decision, but he did pitch six solid innings. He was pinch hit for in the 6th with the score tied 1-1. Garza gave up a single run on 3 hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five. His ERA dropped to 4.36.
Over his last three starts, Garza has posted a 0.98 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work.
Tyler Thornburg worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season.
The Brewers are back on the road, opening a four-game series tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior Guerra gets the start for the Brewers. Jaime Garcia will pitch for the Cardinals.