MILWAUKEE -- Cole Hamels is new to the Cubs-Brewers rivalry and, in his first comments on it after Monday's series opener, it's fair to say he may have stoked the flames a bit for Brewers fans.
"I know the rivalries I've had in the past, you can definitely feel it," Hamels said. "When you have the majority of Cubs fans in the stands, I don't know if that's a rivalry yet. They're not going to like me for the comment, but you can look at the ticket sales. Cubs fans travel well, and they represented us well. I think it's a matter of us going out and playing hard."
The Brewers have tried to stem the influx of Cubs fans at Miller Park. They held a presale for single-game tickets against the Cubs, and the only way you could buy one was if your credit card had a Wisconsin zip code.
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On Wednesday, the two teams will square off in the series finale, which is the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day. It'll be Jose Quintana (11-9, 4.21 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (14-5, 3.53), and the game will feature two National League Most Valuable Player Award candidates in Chicago's Javier Baez and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich.
If history is any indication, this one will be worth tuning in for. Here are just a few of the memorable games played between these teams the past two seasons:
1. April 7, 2017, at Miller Park: Brewers 2, Cubs 1 (11 innings)
Benjamin Zobrist hit a home run in the second, and Jesus Aguilar tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the Brewers' third. The Cubs loaded the bases in the 10th, but Jared Hughes got Zobrist to hit into 4-6-3 double play. The Brewers then loaded the bases in the 11th inning against Mike Montgomery, who gave up a single to Ryan Braun, walked Aguilar and hit pinch-hitter Jett Bandy. Braun then scored the game-winner on a wild pitch.
2. April 19, 2017 at Wrigley Field: Cubs 7, Brewers 4
The Cubs trailed 4-3 going into the ninth at Wrigley Field. Neftali Feliz was on the mound for the Brewers, and with one out, Jonathan Jay walked. Miguel Montero followed with a pinch-hit single, then Kristopher Bryant tied the game with an RBI single. One out later, Addison Russell smacked a walk-off three-run homer on a 2-0 count.
4. Sept. 21, 2017 at Miller Park: Cubs 5, Brewers 3 (10 innings)
The Cubs tied the game at 3 in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Baez. In the 10th, Bryant hit a two-run homer off Oliver Drake, and Davis struck out the side in the 10th for the win.
5. Sept. 22, 2017 at Miller Park: Cubs 5, Brewers 4 (10 innings)
The game was tied at 4 until the 10th when the Cubs loaded the bases against Corey Knebel on a walk to Bryant, a single by Anthony Rizzo and an intentional walk to Zobrist. One out later, Thomas La Stella walked to force in the game-winning run.
6. Sept. 23, 2017 at Miller Park: Brewers 4, Cubs 3 (10 innings)
The Cubs led 2-1 until the Brewers tied the game in the ninth against Davis on a home run by Orlando Arcia. Jeremy Jeffress was pitching in the 10th. The Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the 10th, but Braun doubled and then scored on Travis Shaw's walk-off homer. That series ended with a 5-0 Cubs win as Quintana threw a three-hit shutout, striking out 10.
7. April 6, 2018 at Miller Park: Brewers 5, Cubs 4
The Brewers led 4-2, but the Cubs tied the game in the sixth when Baez hit an RBI triple and then scored on Eric Sogard's throwing error. In the ninth, Manny Pina took over. He walked, moved up on an infield single, then reached third on Bryant's throwing error. Pina scored on Arcia's walk-off RBI single.
8. April 7, 2018 at Miller Park: Cubs 5, Brewers 2
The Cubs trailed, 2-1, but scored four runs in the ninth. They loaded the bases, taking advantage of a throwing error by Arcia and a fielding error by Shaw. Zobrist hit an RBI single, and Ian Happ followed with a two-run single. Zobrist then scored from third on pinch-hitter Jonathan Lester's sacrifice.
10. June 11, 2018, at Miller Park: Cubs 7, Brewers 2 (11 innings)
The Cubs scored in the eighth on Heyward's one-out RBI single to tie the game at 2, then scored five runs in the 11th, kick-started by Rizzo's homer on the first pitch of the inning from Matt Albers. Two outs later, Baez walked, stole second and got to third on a throwing error. Zobrist and Albert Almora Jr. each added RBI singles, and Heyward followed with a two-run double.
11. June 13, 2018, at Miller Park: Brewers 1, Cubs 0
Lorenzo Cain homered off Montgomery in the third for the only run the Brewers needed.