Chicago Cubs (46-37) at Milwaukee Brewers (43-38), 8:05 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Carlos Zambrano tries for his 10th victory of the season as
the Cubs try to avoid being swept in a three-game series by the Milwaukee
Brewers tonight at Miller Park.
The Brewers will try for their first sweep of the Cubs since May 9-12, 2000,
which was at Wrigley Field. Milwaukee's last home sweep of the Cubs came
September 18-20, 2000 at County Stadium. It's a sharp contrast to last season
when the Cubs won all seven games at Miller Park. Chicago had won 10 of the
last 14 meetings going into this year.
Zambrano, named to his first National League All-Star team Sunday, sparked in
a victory last Friday against the White Sox, allowing two hits and two
unearned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs are 6-1 in his last seven starts. The
23-year-old righthander has fashioned a 6-0 mark with a 1.41 ERA in seven
home starts this season, but on the road he's 3-3 with a 3.30 ERA in nine
Over his career, Zambrano has a 2-1 mark with a 3.38 ERA in four games (3
starts) against the Brewers.
The Brewers will send lefthander Doug Davis to the mound tonight. He had a
four-start winning streak broken last Friday in game one of a doubleheader
against Pittsburgh, when he gave up five hits, six runs and six walks in four
innings. He is still looking to become the first Brewers lefthander to post
nine-or-more victories prior to the All-Star break since Teddy Higuera was
10-7 in 1986.
Davis is 1-2 wit a 3.93 ERA in three career outings against the Cubs.
Last night, Victor Santos threw 6 2/3 solid innings and Keith Ginter crushed a
two-run homer in the first off Mark Prior, leading Milwaukee to a 4-2 triumph.
Santos (8-3) yielded two runs on five hits to earn his sixth win in his last
seven starts. He walked three and struck out four to give Milwaukee its second
straight victory on the heels of a four-game slide.
With their 43rd win, the Brewers are now assured of being at the .500 mark at
the All-Star break for the first time since 1998 when they were 43-42 heading
into the Midsummer Classic.
All-Star Danny Kolb worked out of mild trouble in the ninth for his 26th save
in 27 chances this season.
Prior (2-2) took the loss after getting reached for four earned runs in the
opening frame. He struck out eight, but lasted only four innings en route to
The Cubs were once again without the services of Aramis Ramirez at third base,
and it cost them. Brendan Harris, recalled from Triple-A Iowa, was pressed
into starting duties as Ramirez is still nursing a sore groin. In his major
league debut, Harris made a throwing error in the first inning that led to all
four Milwaukee runs.
The Cubs, in second place in the NL Central, are now five games behind the St.
The Cubs have dropped six of their last seven road games, but are 21-21
outside Wrigley Field this season.
The Brewers own a 23-17 mark at Miller Park this season.
season and they have dropped
their last two home games.