National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, September 7th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (60-80) at Chicago Cubs (60-80), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Chicago - Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77)
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs haven't won three straight games in more
than a month. They'll get a chance Saturday afternoon in the middle test of a
three-game set versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
The teams enter the day tied for last place in the NL Central and the Cubs are
a victory away from matching their win total from their horrible season in
2012. A win today would give Chicago its first three-game winning streak since
Jake Arrieta, who is coming off a strong outing Sunday against Philadelphia,
starts for the Cubs. The right-hander will make his sixth start of the season
for the Cubs since being acquired from Baltimore. In his most recent
appearance, Arrieta gave up three hits and a run over 6 2/3 innings. He has no
record with a 1.50 ERA in one career start against Milwaukee, and that came
July 30 at Wrigley Field.
Johnny Hellweg, a 24-year-old righty, counters for the Brewers.
Hellweg was recalled on Tuesday from Triple-A Nashville. He's yet to win in
four career major league appearances, including three starts. This will be his
first outing since July 10 against Cincinnati. He was named the 2013 Brewers
Minor League Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 12-5 mark and a 3.15 ERA
over 23 starts.
In Friday's series opener, Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam and the
Cubs beat the Brewers, 8-5. Chris Rusin, who had two RBI, gave up two runs on
seven hits over 3 2/3 innings for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva (5-8) tossed 2
1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.
"I guess that kind of salvages the day," Rusin said of his two RBI. "I felt I
was nibbling, and good hitters like they are, they'll take those pitches. You
have to be able to attack the zone with other offspeed [pitches] on different
sides of the plate, and I was struggling with my offspeed and trying to work
with what I had."
Scooter Gennett hit a three-run homer for the Brewers, who have lost six of
seven. Aramis Ramirez added a solo homer.
Kyle Lohse (9-9) got the start for Milwaukee and allowed seven runs on 11 hits
over five innings.
"It was tough," Lohse said. "I couldn't get it going. It seemed like the first
three or four hits were all on hanging sliders that I just didn't finish. It
was a pretty big hole to put us in."
The Brewers lead the season series with Chicago, 8-5.
09/07 10:34:21 ET