Game One Hundred Fifty: Cubs (77-72) vs. Brewers (74-76)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Randy Wells (10-9, 3.06/1.28) vs. Dave Bush (5-7, 5.88/1.38)
Monday’s victory over the Brewers guaranteed Lou Piniella’s crew a winning record against Milwaukee this season. With two games remaining, the Cubs have won nine of the first 15.
Tonight will be a rematch of the finale of the four-game series at Wrigley last week. Dave Bush earned his first career win on the North Side after Jody Gerut hit a grand slam off of Randy Wells in the fourth inning.
Jeff Samardzija will start the finale on Wednesday night in Milwaukee instead of Ted Lilly. Lilly is dealing with a little tendonitis in his left shoulder but should make his scheduled start in San Francisco. Rich Harden could return to the mound as well at some point during the four-game series against the Giants.
Alfonso Soriano rejoined the Cubs on Monday to begin his rehab from knee surgery. Soriano will remain with his teammates through the remainder of the road trip that concludes on Sunday in San Francisco.
Tonight it all starts with Randy Wells and just winning a ballgame. Randy Wells is coming off his worst start of the year against the Brewers. Wells lasted just four innings and gave up five runs on five hits with a career-high five walks. The Brewers beat the Cubs 7-4 and Wells looked tired on the mound.
The Cubs skipped Rich Harden on Monday night and Jeff Samardzija will take Ted Lilly’s spot in the rotation on Wednesday … the Cubs must think about doing the same with Randy Wells.
Wells is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP … 10 walks and 10 strikeouts in his last 20 1/3 innings.
Randy Wells is 4-4 in 11 road starts this season with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP … against the Brewers this season, 0-1 in two starts with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.
- Ryan Braun – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
- Dave Bush – 1-for-4
- Mike Cameron – 1-for-4
- Craig Counsell – 0-for-2
- Alcides Escobar – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Prince Fielder – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Mat Gamel – 0-for-2
- Jody Gerut – 1-for-2 with a home run
- J.J. Hardy – 0-for-2 with 2 walks
- Corey Hart – 1-for-5
- Jason Kendall – 1-for-3 with a double
- Felipe Lopez – 1-for-1 with 2 walks
- Mike Rivera – 0-for-2
Dave Bush is coming off his second career win against the Cubs. Bush was sharp early on and held on after Jody Gerut’s grand slam. The Cubs managed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings off of Bush … and must be a lot more patient tonight. The Cubs worked just one free pass off Bush and were swinging early and often.
After going half the season without a win, Bush has posted back-to-back victories against the Diamondbacks and Cubs.
Dave Bush is 1-3 in nine home starts this season with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
Tonight will be Dave Bush’s fourth start of the year against the Cubs. He is 1-0 in the first three with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-3
- Andres Blanco – 0-for-2
- Mike Fontenot – 2-for-10 with a double and 3 walks
- Jake Fox – 1-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 6-for-15 with 3 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-10 with a walk
- Micah Hoffpauir – 1-for-7 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 4-for-30 with a double
- Aaron Miles – 0-for-10 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 8-for-29 with 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 2 walks
- Bobby Scales – 1-for-1 with a triple
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-6 with a walk
- So Taguchi – 1-for-3
- Ryan Theriot – 7-for-25 with 2 doubles
- Randy Wells – 0-for-2
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