Preview: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
Game time: 8:05pm EDT
The Cubs starter Travis Wood made one bad pitch and Jeff Bianchi materialized it for his first career home run, a three-run shot which lifted the Brewers to a 4-1 victory Tuesday night.
Chicago Cubs (49-79) now lost two straight in this four-game set and worsen their seasonal records to 3-12 facing the Milwaukee Brewers (61-67).
On Monday, the visiting Brewers had five round-trippers to rout the Cubs.
Starting for the Cubs Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09) needs to be carefully pitching to the Brewers lineup. He was also victimized by long balls in his last start surrendering a couple through seven innings in his no-decision against the Rockies last Friday. The Cubs were able to bail him out with a come-from-behind victory.
The Cubs ace already lost three, all on the road, in five August starts.. His previous victory was on August 13 against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.
The ace combined a lifetime ERA of 4.28 in two starts and 14 relief appearances facing the Brewers. The right-hander met them once this year in Milwaukee; he pitched a no-decision in which a run was conceded over five innings on May 13.
On the other side, it will be Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98) starting for the visitors. He began this year in the minors until being called up in late May.
Second year into the major, the 27-year-old has made 16 starts with the Brewers.
He won his last outing in Pittsburgh by allowing three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 10. His ERA this month tops 5.86, although winning three out of five starts. The right-hander faced the Cubs once in his career pitching one scoreless relief inning in 2011.
The Cubs offense went quiet on Tuesday. Besides Wood’s solo home run in the third, only Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castrol singled off Yovani Gallardo who pitched a gem through seven innings.
The Cubs were once again victims of double-digit strikeouts by being fanned 11 times. They have been struck out a total of 65 times by the Brewers in their last five meetings.
The only thing the Cubs accomplished last night was cooling down the Brewers sluggers. Both Ryan Braun and Cory Hart were limited to bat 1-for-4 each. Aramis Ramirez went hitless in four at-bats and was struck out once.
By: Patrick Au Yeung