For the first time since April 5, the Milwaukee Brewers are not atop or even sharing first place in the National League Central Division race. The Chicago Cubs opened a three game series at Wrigley Field on Labor Day afternoon by beating the Brewers 4-2, Milwauke's sixth consecutive defeat, the longest losing streak of the season. Jimmy Nelson (2-6) took the loss, working six innings giving up three runs, two coming home on a Wellington Castillo homer. Milwaukee closed to within a run on solo shots from Khris Davis and Gerrardo Parra but Luis Valbuena launched one over the ivy for the final margin in the 7th. The Brewers now stand at 73-64 and trail the St. Louis Cardinals by one game. St. Louis rallied past Pittsburgh 5-4 with a three run 7th inning to move into first. The Brewers send Yovani Gallardo to the mound against Jake Arietta in game two of the series Tuesday night. Pre-game coverage is at 6:30 PM on WTAQ.
Carlos Gomez did not play Monday after injuring his wrist in San Francisco on Sunday. X-rays were negative but the All-Star Centerfielder is expected to have an MRI as well. The Brewers have activated Matt Garza and Wei-Chung Wang off the 15 day disabled lists and added several others on the September 1 call up from the minor leagues. Garza is expected to start Wednesday's game.