National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 30th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (44-61) at Chicago Cubs (48-56), 2:20 p.m. & 8:05 p.m. (DH)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 4.88)
Chicago - Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.23)
Game Two: Milwaukee - Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.95)
Chicago - Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jake Arrieta makes his first start in a
Chicago uniform on Tuesday afternoon when the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers
in the second game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta was a 2007 draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles and made 63 starts
with them in 69 appearances before heading to the Cubs as part of a four-
player trade that sent Scott Feldman to the American League.
A 10-game winner two seasons ago for Baltimore, Arrieta won just three times
in 24 appearances last season and had one win in five starts for the Orioles
He split two decisions and carried a 6.63 earned run average through four
April outings, then returned for a June 17 outing - a 5-1 loss at Detroit - in
what turned out to be his final appearance with the Orioles.
Arrieta, who has never faced the Brewers, was 5-3 in nine games with
Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate at Norfolk before the trade, and went 1-2 in
five starts with Chicago's Triple-A team at Iowa after the deal.
Milwaukee opposes him with young Texas-born righty Tyler Thornburg, who makes
his first start of the season and just the fourth of a brief big-league
The 23-year-old had a 4.50 earned run average in eight appearances - three
starts - with the Brewers at the end of 2012, and had made six relief
appearances with them so far in 2013.
He held opponents scoreless in four of his initial five stints through July
22, then was nicked for four runs on seven hits in a four-inning appearance
against San Diego one day later.
In the opener, Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo tries to rebound from a 3 2/3-
inning debacle in his last appearance.
The Mexican-born righty was strafed for eight hits and six runs in the brief
stint and took a 10-8 loss to the Padres at Miller Park on July 25.
He's tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings while defeating Miami five days earlier
and had won four of six decisions heading into the one-sided defeat.
Gallardo dropped a 5-4 verdict to the Cubs in Milwaukee on June 26, which
dropped him to 7-3 in 15 career starts against Chicago.
The Cubs oppose him with righty Carlos Villanueva, who's dropped three
straight decisions and is winless in July.
The 29-year-old picked up his second win of the year with a one-inning relief
stint at Seattle on June 29, but picked up no-decisions in two subsequent
appearances before dropping three in a row to St. Louis, Colorado and Arizona.
In the three games, he's allowed a combined 19 hits and 12 runs in 15 innings.
He pitched a scoreless inning of relief and was credited with a hold for the
Cubs against Gallardo and the Brewers on June 26.
On Monday, Carlos Gomez singled in the game's first run in the ninth inning
and Jeff Bianchi and Rickie Weeks added two-run doubles in Milwaukee's 5-0 win
over the Cubs.
Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the subject of trade rumors, came off the
mound to a standing ovation after allowing only three hits and fanning seven
over seven innings.
Kyle Lohse limited the hosts to five hits over six frames. The opener of this
four-game series was left up to the bullpen, namely Pedro Strop (1-1), who
faltered in the ninth.
The Brewers entered the week with a slim 123-120 lead in the all-time series
between the teams and had won five of the initial eight games played in 2013 -
including four straight between April 19 and June 25.
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