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In Philly, Brewers watch Cubs no-hitter

In Philly, Brewers watch Cubs no-hitter

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers watched on television as the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano finished his no-hitter of the Astros on Sunday night, then took the celebration up the dugout tunnel.

In Milwaukee.

At Miller Park.

And in the Brewers' own clubhouse?

"Pretty ironic," Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said. "They're probably drinking champagne and having a beer shower in our locker room right now, while we sulk about what happened here."

The Cubs kept their champagne shower in the tunnel outside the Brewers' locker room, but that was little consolation to Braun & Co. The Brewers had just lost both ends of a doubleheader in Philadelphia on Sunday and were swept by the Phillies in a four-game series.

"It was nice to have something like that go our way," Brewers right fielder Corey Hart said. "[The Cubs] hadn't been playing well, but they obviously did something right tonight."

The Cubs were the visiting team at Miller Park for the first of two games against the Astros. The teams played in Milwaukee after Hurricane Ike tore through downtown Houston and forced the postponement of a series that was supposed to be held at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros chose the visitors' clubhouse at Miller Park because that was where they were accustomed to dressing before games against the Brewers. That meant the Cubs -- the Brewers' chief division rivals -- dressed in the home clubhouse.

"It's ironic because of where we're at as a team and how we feel at the end of this series, to see them celebrate a no-hitter on our mound at our own field," Braun said. "Their fans are going wild in the stands. The way things are going for us, it doesn't surprise me right now. It's almost fitting."

At the same time, the Brewers find themselves in the strange position of rooting for the Cubs, Braun said. With the Cubs comfortably ahead in the National League Central -- 7 1/2 games -- Braun has shifted his focus to the Astros, who are contending with the Brewers for the Wild Card.

The Astros are two games behind the Brewers and Phillies and have a chance to make up one-half game while the leaders are both idle on Monday.

"We want [the Cubs] to win," Braun said. "But we never want to see them throw a no-hitter. That's never a good thing, especially you don't want to see them celebrating on our own field. It's unbelievable."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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