Cubs Narrowly Lose To Brewers Again

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2-0 Loss Similar To Much Of Season

Carlos Zambrano turned in a decent start on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. But once again, the Cubs failed to turn in a complete team effort as the offense lay dormant. Two early Brewer runs proved more than enough to seal another victory for the NL Central’s current first place team.

Part of this was because of the excellent pitching by Zack Greinke. Greinke threw 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine of that span and holding the Cubs to just three hits and three walks in that span. Though the Cubs weren’t great with runners in scoring position on Wednesday, Greinke made sure that had few attempts, ultimately holding the Cubs to just 0-for-1 with RISP.

Zambrano also pitched well, throwing 6 2/3 innings of two run baseball on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. But it wouldn’t be enough. He made a mistake to Prince Fielder in the second inning, giving up a solo home run for the Milwaukee first baseman’s 23rd of the season. The Brewers added another run that inning before Big Z settled down, but with the way the Cubs offense was functioning it almost didn’t matter.

The Cubs will try to avoid the sweep on Thursday in Milwaukee, with the first pitch in that game scheduled for 1:10 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs Once Again Try To Bounce Back Against Brewers

The Cubs longest winning streak of the year -- at three games -- was snapped on Tuesday night by the Brewers. Now they'll send Carlos Zambrano to the hill to try to start a streak all over again.

Zambrano, 7-5 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, got the win in his most recent start against Houston. In that game he threw six innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. In his last game against Milwaukee, Zambrano took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over six innings pitched. He has traditionally had success at Miller Park, going 10-5 with a 3.35 career ERA there. This season, Prince Fielder is 1-for-3 against Zambrano with a home run, while Rickie Weeks is 3-for-7 with two doubles.

Zack Greinke, 7-4 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, will start for the Brewers. Greinke is coming off of a game against Arizona in which he took the loss, despite allowing just two runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out seven. In his last game against the Cubs, he also earned a loss, after giving up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits over 5.1 innings pitched. This season, Carlos Pena is 1-for-3 against Greinke with a home run, while Kosuke Fukudome is 2-for-3 with a triple.

The weather in Milwaukee is forecast to be stormy and hot, with a game time temperature in the mid-80s. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FSN.

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