The Cubs headed out on the road after completing their first three-game sweep of the season to go along with their first three-game winning streak. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Milwaukee is a lot better than Houston and the Cubs (42-63) lost Thursday giving the Brewers (57-49) a three-game sweep.
Aramis Ramirez gave the Cubs an early lead Thursday afternoon after his sacrifice fly drove in Tony Campana. The lead wouldn’t last long as the Brewers took the lead in the bottom half of the first after a sacrifice fly by Casey McGhee and an RBI double by Yuniesky Betancourt. Ryan Braun added to the lead with a solo homer in the third inning and an RBI double by Braun in the fifth gave the Brewers a 4-1 lead. The Cubs would cut the lead to 4-2 after an RBI double by Alfonso Soriano in the sixth, but that would be the end of the scoring as the Brewers won 4-2.
Randy Wells gave the Cubs a quality start Thursday allowing four runs in six innings of work on eight hits. Wells kept the Cubs in the game, but with very little run support took the loss to drop his record to 2-4 on the season.
Shaun Marcum continued his great season for Milwaukee. Marcum went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. The Brewers righty improved to 10-3 on the season. John Axford pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 30th save of the season.
The Cubs will now head to St. Louis to open a series with the Cardinals. First game is on Friday evening.
The Cubs announced on Thursday morning that they had arranged to trade outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for two minor league players. Fukudome had been the Cubs' right fielder for four years, but will now be headed to the division contending Indians. Tyler Colvin is with the team in Milwaukee should the deal be finalized prior to this afternoon's game against the Brewers.
Starting for the Cubs this afternoon will be Randy Wells. Wells, 2-3 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.68 WHIP, has had a rough time since returning from the DL, with most of his troubles cropping up in the first inning. He's coming off a start against Houston in which he managed to give up just one run on five hits over 6.0 innings pitched, while walking two and striking out four. In his last game against Milwaukee, Wells gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks over six innings. Yuniesky Betancourt is 2-for-3 against Wells this season.
The Brewers will send Shaun Marcum to the hill on Thursday. Marcum, 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, is coming off of a start against San Francisco where he got the win after giving up just two runs on four hits over seven innings, while striking out five. Marcum has yet to start against the Cubs this year.
The weather in Milwaukee is expected to be warm and rainy, with a game time temperature in the mid-80s. First pitch is at 1:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN.