Game Eighty-Seven: Cubs (32-54) vs. Brewers (44-44)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Carlos Marmol (1-3, 4.73) vs. Dave Bush (5-6, 4.45)
The penultimate game before the break….can the Cubs win two in a row behind rookie Carlos Marmol? The starting pitching for the Cubs has been tremendous the past 3 games….allowing only 3 earned runs. Marmol is coming off a loss in Houston where he gave up 7 walks (2 were intentional) in just 4 1/3 innings of work and while Marmol has had control problems he does have electric stuff and could be a strong contributor to the Cubs staff for many years to come.
The Cubs offense is coming off one of their better games of the season. They showed a patience and composure at the plate that has only been there a few times this year. The Cubs get another rematch today with Marmol facing Dave Bush and he has pitched very well for the Brewers in his last 6 out of 7 games. Bush has held his opponents to 2 runs or less in 5 of those starts only surrendering 7 runs to the Cardinals in 4 innings of work back on June 11th. The Cubs need to be patient against Bush and make him work like they did on April 28th when they scored 5 runs on 10 hits. Bush does not allow a lot of free passes (28 in 117 1/3 innings) but he will make mistakes (111 hits, 15 home runs) and that is the key today. Pierre must stay hot and the defense must support Marmol. If Bush and the Brewers win today it will be a career high in wins (6) for Bush.
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