Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (16-10) vs. Brewers (15-11)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball, WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ryan Dempster (3-0, 2.90/1.03) vs. Jeff Suppan (1-0, 3.48/1.26)
All in all it could be said the Cubs have had a good first month of the season. A 16-10 record and just a win shy of setting a new all-time mark is very good….but losing 4 of the last 6 cannot be sitting to well with their skipper. The Cubs will try to avoid their first 3-game losing streak of the year tonight behind Ryan Dempster. The offense must continue to be patient against Jeff Suppan, get into the Brewers bullpen and return the favor from last night. The Cubs lost the first game Ryan Dempster started this season (4-1) last Friday in D.C. After a shaky start, Dempster settled down and allowed on 3 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits in 7 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. Bobby Howry surrendered the long ball in the bottom of the 9th that was the difference in the game. After three tremendous starts to begin the season, Dempster has struggled with his command in his last two outings. While the results have been very positive, Dempster faces a big challenge tonight with the Brewers dangerous offense.
Dempster earned his first win of the season against the Brewers in the third game of the year (April 3rd). The Cubs salvaged the last game of the opening series and Dempster allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits in 6 innings in a 6-3 Cubs win. Unfortunately, Dempster will not be facing Dave Bush again.
Dempster is 5-2 in 31 career games, 9 starts, with 10 saves, a 2.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP against the Brewers.
- Ryan Braun – 0-for-5
- Mike Cameron – 3-for-8
- Prince Fielder – 0-for-6
- Bill Hall – 3-for-12
- J.J. Hardy – 0-for-8
- Corey Hart – 0-for-4
- Jason Kendall – 13-for-28 with 2 doubles and 4 walks
- Rickie Weeks – 1-for-7 with 2 walks
Jeff Suppan once again beat the Cubs in the second game of the season…. and the Cubs will look to even their season record against the veteran right-hander tonight. The Cubs have traditionally struggled against Suppan and it was more of the same back on April 2nd (2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings). While the Brewers are 4-1 in games Suppan has started, his only win this year came against the Cubs.
Suppan is having another solid start to the season and is coming off an impressive outing against the Phillies. Suppan allowed only 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings….and remove his horrible start against the Mets on April 13th and Suppan has allowed only 6 earned runs on 20 hits in 27 innings….a 2.00 ERA.
Suppan is 6-5 in 17 career starts against the Cubs with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
- Ronny Cedeno – 4-for-9 with a double, a triple and 2 walks
- Mark DeRosa – 2-for-9 with a double
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Reed Johnson – 0-for-2
- Derrek Lee – 18-for-39 with 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 9 walks
- Felix Pie – 3-for-9 with a double and a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-34 with 3 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Ryan Theriot – 3-for-11 with a double
The Cubs offense must remain patient against Suppan and not swing at his pitch.
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