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Thursday, August 30th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (62-67) at Chicago Cubs (49-80), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19)
Chicago - Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64)
(Sports Network) - Thursday could mark Shaun Marcum's last start with the
Milwaukee Brewers and he'll get a chance to pitch his club to a season-high
fifth straight victory in the finale of a four-game set with the Chicago Cubs.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in December of 2010, Marcum is set to
become a free agent at season's end and the Brewers could opt to trade the
right-hander prior to Friday, the last day for a team to deal for a player
and have him to eligible for the postseason roster.
The 30-year-old went 13-7 with a 3.54 earned run average in 33 starts with
Milwaukee last season and is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 14 outings this year. His
recent injury, right elbow tightness that held him out for over two months,
could scare some teams away, but Marcum looked decent in his return to the
mound on Saturday.
Pitching for the first time since June 14, the righty took a 4-0 loss and
lasted five innings. All four runs allowed came in the fifth frame, one that
began with an error and led to all four runs being unearned.
"I got a little tired there in the fifth inning, but other than that I felt
pretty good," Marcum said.
The Cubs certainly wouldn't miss Marcum being on the Brewers' roster. He has
won all four of his career starts against Chicago, posting a 2.33 ERA.
Milwaukee stretched its winning streak over Chicago to eight games in a row
with Wednesday's 3-1 victory. Errors also played a role in that decision as
the Brewers scored twice in the seventh frame to snap a tie game, getting
helped by three Cubs errors and a wild pitch.
Jean Segura singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and scored on a pair of
errors, giving Milwaukee its fourth straight win and eighth in nine games.
Mike Fiers threw 7 1/3 solid innings to notch the victory, as he allowed just
one run on four hits and one walk while fanning six.
"I was throwing everything for strikes and keeping everything down in the
zone," Fiers said.
Milwaukee has bested Chicago in 20 of the last 25 encounters, but today can
record its first ever four-game sweep of the franchise.
Jeff Samardzija was the hard-luck loser, surrendering three runs -- two earned
-- on seven hits. The right-hander struck out 10 and did not issue a walk over
"We threw the ball away three times within about three minutes," Cubs manager
Dale Sveum said.
Ironically, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney set an NL single-season record
with his 114th straight game without an error. That broke David Eckstein's
Chicago, though, lost for the eighth time in 10 games and today goes with
rookie Brooks Raley, who makes the fifth start of his career.
The left-hander lost the first two before beating the Cincinnati Reds on Aug.
18. He then got a no-decision on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies,
yielding two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings.
The 24-year-old lefty has allowed five homers over his 20 1/3 innings while
posting a 6.64 ERA.
08/30 10:30:56 ET