National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 9th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Cubs (4-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (3-5), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Matt Garza (0-0, 3.86)
Milwaukee - Chris Narveson (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Long-time American Leaguer Matt Garza makes his second
start as a member of the National League's Chicago Cubs tonight when they
visit Miller Park for the middle test of a three-game series with the
Geovany Soto's two-run homer started a five-run fourth inning as the Cubs
topped the Brewers, 7-4, in Friday's opener.
Jeff Baker added a three-run shot to cap the frame, while starter Carlos
Zambrano (1-0) went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while
striking out five.
Baker added an RBI single in the sixth to cap his 4-for-5, four-RBI effort.
Marlon Byrd roped an RBI double in the ninth to highlight his 2-for-5 showing
for the Cubs.
Prince Fielder finished with a solo homer and George Kottaras knocked in two
in defeat for Milwaukee, while Randy Wolf (0-2) continued to struggle, as he
was charged on Friday with six runs - two earned - on nine hits in six innings
Garza, a 27-year-old Californian, was a first-round pick of the Minnesota
Twins in 2005 and reached the majors with them in 2006, eventually going 8-13
across 26 appearances through 2007.
He was sent to Tampa Bay in a six-player deal in November 2007 and became a
star on a Rays' staff that helped the team reach the World Series in 2008 and
win the American League's East Division again in 2010.
Garza won 34 games in 95 starts and was 2-1 in the postseason for the Rays
before heading to the NL as part of an eight-player trade on Jan. 8.
Garza, who has never faced the Brewers, allowed 12 hits and three runs in a
no-decision against Pittsburgh in his initial appearance with Chicago on April
He has never faced the Brewers.
Milwaukee will counter with 29-year-old lefty Chris Narveson, who tossed six
scoreless innings in his 2011 debut on April 4, but nonetheless wound up with
a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta.
The Colorado. native scattered three hits and struck out five batters
in that outing, building off a surprise 2010 run in which he won 12 times in
37 appearances after having recorded just two wins in his first 22 big-league
He's faced the Cubs three times in 64 career appearances and is 3-0 with a
hold and a 3.66 earned run average in 19 2/3 innings of work.
In 230 overall innings in the majors, Narveson has limited opposing hitters to
a .256 batting average.
Chicago was 9-6 against the Brewers last season.
04/09 10:27:52 ET
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