Game Nineteen: Cubs (8-10) vs. Brewers (8-9)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, TBS – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Randy Wells (1-0, 2.45/1.47) vs. Dave Bush (1-0, 2.41/1.07)
After a horrible start to the road trip in New York, Lou Piniella’s crew has a chance to go home with a 4-3 record … but they will have to close out the sweep in Milwaukee first. The Cubs are 4-1 on the young season against the Brewers.
Today is a rematch from the second game of the series at Wrigley on April 14. Dave Bush handled the Cubs offense and Randy Wells allowed a walk to Bush in the fifth to rattle him. The Cubs scored four in the eighth off of LaTroy Hawkins that afternoon and pulled out a 7-6 victory.
Saturday’s win guaranteed the Cubs their second series victory of the year, both against the Brewers. It is getaway day and the Cubs must use a different approach against Dave Bush this afternoon. Randy Wells is coming off another great start but received a no decision in a 6-1 loss to the Mets last Monday. Wells did his job, kept his team in the game and allowed one run on six hits in six innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Wells left with the game tied at one but the bullpen (and defense) gave up five runs in the seventh … and the Cubs dropped the first of a long road trip in New York.
In two of his three starts Wells has held opposing teams (Braves and Mets) to one run or less while notching two quality starts. His third start was against the Brewers and he gave up four runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings with a walk and seven strikeouts. Wells was on cruise control until he walked Dave Bush in the fifth. All four runs he surrendered came in his last three innings of work.
The Cubs are 2-1 in Randy Wells’ three starts this season.
The Brewers have hit Wells hard in his young career but he has wiggled out of trouble, for the most part, in the past. The Brewers knocked Wells around to a .370 clip on April 14 at Wrigley and they are hitting a pretty high .281 against him. Wells has allowed 27 hits and nine walks to the Brewers in 24 2/3 innings.
Randy Wells is 1-1 in six career games, four starts, versus Milwaukee with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP … at Miller Park, 1-0 in two starts with a 0.82 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP (one run on 12 hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings).
Brewers’ Career Numbers against Randy Wells
- Ryan Braun – 5-for-12 with a double and a walk
- Dave Bush – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Craig Counsell – 0-for-5
- Alcides Escobar – 4-for-7 with a walk
- Prince Fielder – 3-for-9 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Jody Gerut – 3-for-6 with a home run and a walk
- Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3
- Corey Hart – 2-for-9 with a double
- Casey McGehee – 1-for-3
- Rickie Weeks – 3-for-7 with a double
- Gregg Zaun – 0-for-3
Dave Bush has gotten off to a very good start to the season. Bush has pitched into the sixth inning in all three of his starts … and is coming off a seven innings of shutout ball against the Pirates. Bush allowed only three hits but issued four walks.
The key to Dave Bush is making him work. Swinging early and often is a recipe for a frustrating day at the office.
Today will be Bush’s second start of the season against the Cubs. Bush was in line for the win on April 14 but the Brewers pen gave it up in the eighth. The Cubs managed only two runs on seven hits in six innings without a walk.
Lou Piniella’s crew must change their approach against Bush on getaway day and finish the road trip on a positive note.
Dave Bush is 2-8 in 17 career games, 16 starts, against the Cubs with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Cubs’ Career Numbers against Dave Bush
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-4
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-6
- Tyler Colvin – no official at bat – a walk
- Mike Fontenot – 3-for-12 with 2 doubles and 3 walks
- Kosuke Fukudome – 9-for-20 with 4 doubles, a home run and 4 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-10 with a walk
- Derrek Lee – 5-for-31 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Xavier Nady – 3-for-13 with a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 9-for-33 with 3 doubles, 3 home run and 2 walks
- Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-33 with 4 doubles, a home run and 2 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-9 with a home run and a walk
- Ryan Theriot- 9-for-28 with 2 doubles and 2 walks
- Chad Tracy – 2-for-13 with a double
- Randy Wells – 0-for-4
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