National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (3-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-4), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 14.73)
Chicago - Ryan Dempster (0-0, 1.17)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Yovani Gallardo gets a second chance to start
2012 off on the right foot today when the Milwaukee Brewers visit Wrigley
Field for game three of a four-game set with the Chicago Cubs.
Gallardo, a 17-game winner last season, was hit hard in his April 6 debut
against St. Louis, dropping an 11-5 decision after allowing seven hits and six
runs in just 3 2/3 innings.
The drubbing left him with an early earned run average of 14.73. His ERA in
207 1/3 innings last season was 3.52.
In 10 career starts against the Cubs, the 26-year-old Mexican is 4-1 with a
2.93 ERA across 61 1/3 innings with 71 strikeouts.
The Brewers have won the first two games of the series, including Tuesday
night when Alex Gonzalez clubbed a three-run homer to highlight a five-run
first inning en route to a 7-4 decision.
Lefty starter Chris Narveson (1-0) gave up three runs - two earned - on six
hits in five innings of work.
Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs for Chicago, while Paul
Maholm (0-1) struggled in his Cubs debut, surrendering six runs on six hits
over four frames.
Today, the Cubs send veteran Ryan Dempster to the mound for his second start
of 2012 and 26th against the Brewers. In his initial start this season,
Dempster allowed two hits and a run while registering a no-decision in
Chicago's 2-1 loss to Washington on April 5.
He walked three batters and struck out 10 and emerged with an ERA of 1.17.
The 34-year-old former closer has made 47 overall appearances against
Milwaukee and carries a 2.75 ERA against them over 186 2/3 innings.
He's won 15 of 20 decisions and saved 10 games.
The Brewers lost five of seven in Chicago last season.
04/11 10:28:22 ET