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Sunday, June 24th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (24-47) at Arizona Diamondbacks (36-35), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Matt Garza (3-5, 4.07)
Arizona - Wade Miley (8-3, 2.30)
(Sports Network) - Arizona rookie Wade Miley goes after his ninth win of the
season this afternoon when the Diamondbacks attempt to complete a sweep in the
finale of their three-game series with the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field.
Miley has been tremendous all season for Arizona, but has really stepped it up
over his last three starts (2-1), allowing just one run while going at least
seven innings in each of his past three starts. He beat Seattle on Monday,
limiting the Mariners to a run and nine hits over seven innings. Miley also
struck out eight without walking a batter and improved to 8-3 on the season to
go along with a 2.30 ERA.
The left-hander has lost just once at home this season and that was back on
"It's been all year," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after Miley's last
start. "It's been command and belief in throwing the ball for strikes."
Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with right-handed veteran Matt Garza, who is
3-5 with a 4.07 ERA. Garza won for the first time in eight starts on Monday
against the White Sox, holding them to three runs and five hits in six
"A lot of it is on my shoulders," Garza said about not having a win in his
seven previous outings. "My job is to hold the lead when I get it, and if I
don't have a lead, keep them where they're at until we get it. That's my job
and that's what I try to do."
Garza beat the Diamondbacks the only other time he faced them last season.
Arizona moved over .500 for the first time since early May on Saturday, as
Paul Goldschmidt finished a single shy of the cycle and the Diamondbacks
banged out 16 hits in a 10-5 win. Goldschmidt and Justin Upton both hit solo
homers and led five Diamondbacks players with two RBI apiece in the team's
fourth win in five games.
"There's a lot of good things we did today in that game," Gibson said. "We're
kind of getting back on track"
Chicago starter Paul Maholm hit a two-run homer, but gave up seven runs -- six
earned -- in just 3 1/3 innings, as the Cubs lost their third game in a row to
fall to 6-15 in June.
"I made pitches when I had to early and just didn't there in the last couple
of hitters that I faced," Maholm said.
The Cubs have stranded 21 runners in this series, going 3-for-19 with runners
in scoring position.
"Our core guys have to start doing something in the middle of that order,"
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Arizona hasn't completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs since turning the
trick from Aug. 17-19, 2001.
06/24 10:32:40 ET