Hours after manager Craig Counsell referred to his team in his pre-game remarks as "a bit of a high-wire act," the Milwaukee Brewers went out of their way and played another memorable games.
And now again, they manage to come out on top.
Orlando Arcia who delivered the big hit, singling Brewers over the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, at Miller Park on Friday night.
It's the second walk-off victory of the week against NL Central Division rival ; Ryan Braun's home run dumped the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, on Tuesday night.
It also marked the fourth time in Milwaukee's five wins the team won in its final at-bat. Kansas City Royals to accomplish the feat.
"That's the high wire, there's no question," Counsel said.
Added Travis Shaw, who sparked a four-run fifth inning with his first homer of the season: "The ninth inning is our inning."
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The Brewers got tied up with some yeoman's work from the bullpen. Cubs ran up rookie Brandon Woodruff's pitch count to 95 in just 3 2/3 innings.
Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress allowed a run apiece over the next 3 1 / 3 and then Matt Albers (1-0) continues his podium with a scoreless eighth and ninth – a 34-pitch outing that sets the stage for the crucial Milwaukee rally.
After Domingo Santana struck out to open against Mike Montgomery, Manny Piña drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Hernán Pérez followed by a whirlwind to catch up with Kris Bryant.
With Arcia due up, Chicago manager countered by bringing leftfielder Ben Zobrist in to play second base as a fifth infielder. Brewers Celebration on the Infield.
"At that point I'm just trying Carlos Brizuela.
"From the beginning of the at-bat I was trying to drive the ball to the outfield, and
Arcia now has the winning hit in two of the Brewers' last at-bat victories; Ji-Man Choi in the 12th inning on opening day last week in San Diego.
"It's a situation that you're going to get rewarded for," Counsel said. "A ground ball hurts us."
The Brewers came into the game scuffling badly on offense, "I thought it was a good matchup and I know … Orlando struggled a little bit to start the season but I like when he's in that spot."
Their scoreless streak reached 22 innings – their longest since going 23 consecutive from July 25-27, 2015 – Kyle Hendricks
It was Hader, of all people, who started the rally when he singled to left field to lead off the fifth. It was his first major league hit. After Lorenzo Cain popped out, Eric Thames hammered a home run to straightaway at 2-2.
"I just closed my eyes and it hit a base hit," quipped Hader.
Ryan Brown followed with a single to right, then Shaw went to Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.
"It felt good to."
He has six career homers against the Cubs, tops for him against any opponent Score again, "Shaw said. "It's been three days. Hader's first hit was exciting. He came in and pitched great. The whole bullpen pitched well tonight. Woodruff pitched good, too, he just ran into a pitch count issue a little bit.
"Tonight was a little bit more well-played."
Chicago came back and Eric Sogard
"I thought Josh had emptied his tank on the previous two hitters. He was up over 40 pitches, he said, "I think it's time," said Counsel.
"It was JJ for Baez before the inning started. I thought it was a great matchup for JJ. Josh had done his job. "
The Brewers had a prime chance to grab the lead back when they got runners to second and third with nobody out, but that rally fizzled and they again Justin Wilson:
A 15-pitch eighth, with the Pressure on Albers, delivered to the pressure on an already shorthanded bullpen
"I knew going into the game I was probably going to have two innings," said Albers, who tied a career high with four strikeouts as a reliever bullpen was going.
"Give these guys a chance so we do not have to go to extra innings That was good. "
" It's part of the roller coaster, this is part of the ride, "Counsel said. There are going to be tough games, there are going to be games that are ton of fun like this. 19659010]
"We'll try to thrill you every night."