Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers Preview
Game time: 8:10pm EDT
The Cubs (47-73), who left Cincinnati losing three of four against the Reds during the weekend, still keep on improving their records. Miller Park could be a good place to start; that is where they will kick-off a three-game series against their Milwaukee Brewers (54-66) Monday night.
Sitting at the fifth place in their division, the Chicago Cubs are currently seven games behind the Brewers. Winning this series will narrow the game between them and Milwaukee. Although the Cubs are so far 3-7 this season against the Brewers, they outscored them 48-46. Both teams shared similar performance, both were 3-7 in their last 10 games.
On Sunday, the Cubs fought hard in a 5-4 loss to the Reds. Down by three since the fourth inning, they scored two runs in the sixth and rallied in the eighth scoring the tying run. But in the bottom ninth, reliever Shawn Camp came in allowing a triple to pinch-hitter Xavier Paul and a game-winning walk-off RBI single to Ryan Hanigan.
Going 3-for-4 with two runs on Sunday, David DeJesus is hot recently. In his last five games, the outfielder batted for .471 (8-for-17) with three home runs and five RBIs, compared to two dingers in his first 115 games of the season.
Alfonso Soriano, who reached 1,000 career RBIs on Saturday by hitting a two-run dinger Saturday, collected two more RBIs Sunday with a sacrifice fly and a groundout.
The Cubs will send starter Justin Germano (2-2, 3.19) on the mound tonight. He got his second win of the season in his last start tossing season-high 6 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros last Wednesday.
He posted a career record of 1-1 and 4.61 ERA against the Brewers in two starts and one relief appearance.
Having not given up home runs in his first two starts, the right-hander served up a couple of long balls in his last two. But he only walked five in 25 1/3 innings with the Cubs.
His counterpart tonight will be Mark Rogers, who did not pitch in the Majors in 2011. The right-hander (0-1, 4.94) was called up from Triple-A Nashville (PCL) on July 29. He has then made four starts but was only involved in one decision, a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on August 4 at the Busch Stadium. However, the Brewers were winless so far this season when he started.
His latest outing was a no-decision in Colorado where he allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings to the Rockies.
Rogers made his major league debut against the Cubs pitching one scoreless relief inning at Miller Park on September 10, 2010. He has not faced the Cubs since then.
The Brewers ended their four-game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies winning the first two games but losing the last two. On Sunday, they lost 8-0, being shut out by starter Kyle Kendrick and reliever Michael Schwimmer.
Starter Randy Wolf suffered in the loss surrendering five runs on 10 hits pitching seven innings.
Still, the Cubs need to pitch carefully against the Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun who leads the National Leagues in home runs with 33. The slugger homered four times in the first three games against the Phillies. He hits .324 with 12 dingers and 59 RBIs in 82 games against tonight’s opponents. The 2012 All-Star also homered once in four at-bats against Germano.
By: Patrick Au Yeung