Apr 11, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) unsuccessfully tries to tag Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) at second base in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Brewers Vs. Cubs: Chicago Wins 8-0, Avoids Sweep

The Chicago Cubs took the series finale from Milwaukee, 8-0.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Takes 8-0 Victory

The Chicago Cubs avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers with an 8-0 victory on Thursday afternoon. Matt Garza was outstanding on the mound and the Cubs offense got to Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke early on to force the Brewers into the bullpen.

Related: First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Thursday 4/12, 1:20 CT

Garza went 8-2/3 innings, striking out nine while allowing just three hits. Greinke was taken out of the game in the fourth inning with eight runs on the board against him.

Chicago got six runs in the third inning to take control of the game; five singles, including a string of four in a row, plated the runs.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Score Update: Chicago Takes 8-0 Lead, Knocks Out Greinke In 4th Inning

The Chicago Cubs have jumped to an impressive early lead in Thursday afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Through fourth innings, the Cubs have taken a commanding 8-0 lead and knocked SP Zach Greinke from the game.

Greinke left the game in the bottom of the 4th inning after surrendering 7 ER on 9 hits and 1 walk. The usually sharp righty exited with runners on base and after a few more Cubs hits, his line was 3.2 IP, 6 K, 1 BB, with 8 ER.

Every Cubs hitter, with the exception of 1B Bryan LaHair (0 for 2) and Matt Garza (0 for 2), enters the 5th inning with at least one hit. Backup C Steve Clevenger leads the team with a 2 for 2 showing on 2 doubles, while 36-year-old Alfonso Soriano is 1 for 2 with a stolen base -- his first steal since ending the 2011 season with only 2 steals.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Lineups: Clevenger, Johnson Start Against Greinke

The Chicago Cubs (1-5) send out a pair of reserves against the Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) on Thursday afternoon. With SP Zach Greinke on the mound, Cubs manager Dale Sveum has elected to start backups C Steve Clevenger and OF Reed Johnson. They two reserves take the place of C Geovany Soto and CF Marlon Byrd, both Byrd and Soto have started the season a little cold, collecting only 4 hits in a combined 42 plate appearances.

Here is a look at today's starting lineup, courtesy of MLB.com:

  1. RF David DeJesus
  2. 2B Darwin Barney
  3. SS Starlin Castro
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Ian Stewart
  6. 1B Bryan LaHair
  7. C Steve Clevenger
  8. CF Reed Johnson
  9. P Matt Garza

Matt Garza gets his second start of the season after pitching 6.0 innings, allowing only 2 ER in his start last Saturday.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Looks To Avoid Series Sweep Vs. Milwaukee

It wasn't expected to be a winning season on the North Side this year, but the Chicago Cubs' early performance in 2012 is still proving to leave all involved with a feeling of satisfaction. The Cubs will enter their Thursday afternoon contest against the Milwaukee Brewers at 1-5, with losses to the NL Central rival Brewers at Wrigley in the first three games of the series. On Thursday, Chicago will hope starting pitcher Matt Garza can finally stop the bleeding.


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Garza pitched fairly well in first start of the year, going six innings and allowing two earned runs in a loss to the Washington Nationals.

Things won't be easy against Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke. The former Cy Young Award winner earned a victory in his first start of the year against the St. Louis Cardinals. going seven innings and allowing just four hits and zero earned runs.

Game time/date: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Drops Third Straight Game, 2-1

The Chicago Cubs couldn't take advantage of a solid pitching performance from starter Ryan Dempster, losing 2-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. As well as Dempster pitched, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo pitched even better, giving up just one run over seven innings.

Dempster had a solid outing, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings, but the offense couldn't give him much support. Gallardo had his full array of pitches working on Wednesday, as the Cubs could muster just six hits against him and Milwaukee's two relievers, set-up man Francisco Rodriguez and closer John Axford.

Through the first six innings, Dempster was in the midst of a beauty, shutting out Milwaukee through those first six frames. But in the seventh, he made one bad mistake that he couldn't take back, giving up a two-run shot to Brewers catcher George Kottaras that would ultimately prove to be the game-winner.

The Cubs' bullpen pitched well in relief of Dempster, but the offense couldn't quite make a rally. David DeJesus had a solid day with a double and a walk, plus Ian Stewart had two hits, but most of the offense just couldn't get much done.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Hopes To Avoid 3rd Straight Loss

The Chicago Cubs will turn to their ace to stop the bleeding when they host the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Dempster gets his second start of the season, as the Cubs hope to avoid starting the new campaign 1-5. Dempster pitched well in his debut, a 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Chicago has lost the first two games of the series, being out-scored by a combined score of 14-9.

Yovani Gallardo will oppose Dempster for the Brewers. The 26-year old righty allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings against the Cardinals on April 6. Last season, Gallardo has 17-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts.

Game time/date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Final Score: Milwaukee Hands Chicago Another Loss

The Milwaukee Brewers didn't waste much time grabbing control of their Tuesday evening contest with the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers used two home runs to get out to a five-run first inning. The decifiet proved too much for the Cubs to overcome, and Chicago lost 7-4. The loss drops Chicago to 1-4, while the Brewers improved to 3-2.

Alex Gonzalez homered off Cubs starter Paul Maholm in the first inning to drive in Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart. Jonathan Lucroy would blast a solo homer to make it 5-0 before the Cubs even got a turn to bat.

Chicago would score three in the bottom of the third, sparked when David DeJesus and Darwin Barney scored on a Alfonso Soriano single to center.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Lineups: Bryan LaHair Sits Against Lefty Chris Narveson

The Chicago Cubs (1-3) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2-2) send a pair of lefties to the mound in another early-season NL Central matchup.

Pitching for the Cubs will be free agent acquisition SP Paul Maholm. The 30-year-old Maholm, who joins Chicago after playing seven years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, sported a strong 3.66 ERA and 3.78 FIP in 2011. He squares off against fellow left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson.

The 30-year-old Narveson pitched 161 and 2/3 innings for the Brewers in 2011, but has been particularly effective against lefties, owning a 3.69 ERA on southpaws, but a 4.27 ERA against right-handed hitters. In a corresponding move, the Cubs will start INF Jeff Baker at first instead of lefty 1B Bryan LaHair.

Here is a look at today's lineup, courtesy of ESPN Chicago:

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Cubs Turn To Paul Maholm Vs. Milwaukee

The Chicago Cubs mounted a ninth inning rally against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, but shortstop Starlin Castro struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded to end the game and give the Brewers a 7-5 victory. On Tuesday, the Cubs' Paul Maholm will take the bump at Wrigley for the first time this season. Chicago enters 1-3, while the Brewers are 2-2.

Left-hander Chris Narveson will make the start for the Brewers. The 30-year old lefty is 25-17 in his career with a 4.62 ERA. Narveson made 28 starts with a 4.45 ERA last season.

Game time/date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:00 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

TV: CSN Chicago/NBA TV

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Final Score: Milwaukee Holds On For 7-5 Victory

The Chicago Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth inning for star shortstop Starlin Castro, but Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford struck out Castro on three pitches to nail down a 7-5 win for the Brewers. The Cubs fall to 1-3 with the loss, while Milwaukee improves to 2-2.

Starter Chris Volstad allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out six for Chicago in five innings. Reliever Shawn Camp allowed five hits and three earned runs in relief of Volstad.

Former Cub Aramis Ramirez drove in two runs for the Brewers. Second baseman Rickie Weeks hit a home run for Milwaukee in the third inning.

Second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Bryan LaHair each hit home runs for the Cubs.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Preview: Chicago Starts Division Play At Home

Longtime Cub Aramis Ramirez will take the field at Wrigley in navy blue for the first time.

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