Brewers-Cubs rivalry filled with wild finishes

September 5th, 2018

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.

Watch FREE on MLB.TV: Cubs vs. Brewers tonight, 8 p.m. ET

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 (11-9, 4.21 ERA) vs. (14-5, 3.53), and the game will feature two National League Most Valuable Player Award candidates in Chicago's and Milwaukee's .

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)

hit a home run in the second, and 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 , walked Aguilar and hit pinch-hitter . 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. was on the mound for the Brewers, and with one out, walked. followed with a pinch-hit single, then tied the game with an RBI single. One out later, smacked a walk-off three-run homer on a 2-0 count.

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3. July 29, 2017 at Miller Park: Cubs 2, Brewers 1 (11 innings)

With one out in the Cubs' 11th, homered off Hughes. got the save, striking out to end the game.

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 , 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 on a walk to Bryant, a single by and an intentional walk to Zobrist. One out later, 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 . was pitching in the 10th. The Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the 10th, but Braun doubled and then scored on '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 's throwing error. In the ninth, 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 followed with a two-run single. Zobrist then scored from third on pinch-hitter 's sacrifice.

9. April 26, 2018 at Wrigley Field: Cubs 1, Brewers 0

and Chase Anderson staged a pitching duel with the only run coming on a solo homer by with one out in the Chicago sixth.

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

homered off Montgomery in the third for the only run the Brewers needed.