National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, September 17th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (63-87) at Milwaukee Brewers (66-83), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (8-12, 4.44)
Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.29)
(Sports Network) - Righty Marco Estrada can make it seven straight starts
without a loss on Tuesday night when his Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago
Cubs in game two of a four-game series at Miller Park.
A 30-year-old native of Mexico, Estrada last lost on June 3 when Oakland
compiled nine hits and five runs over four innings in a 10-2 rout.
He's 2-0 with four no-decisions in six outings since, in which the Brewers
have gone 3-3 and he has allowed one run or fewer four times.
His last start resulted in a tough-luck no-decision after he gave up just two
hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings of a Sept. 11 game in St. Louis that the
Brewers ultimately lost, 5-1.
In 10 career meetings with the Cubs, Estrada is 5-4 with a 3.72 earned run
average in 36 1/3 innings.
For Chicago, skidding righty Jeff Samardzija aims to snap a three-start
drought in which he's lost just once but been hit hard in each outing.
Samardzija tossed eight innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 defeat of San Diego
on Aug. 24, but has since given up 17 runs in 18 1/3 innings of games against
Philadelphia, Miami and Cincinnati.
The meeting with the Reds was the only loss of the three - the Cubs are 1-2 in
the starts - and Samardzija was tagged for six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3
innings of a 6-0 decision.
He last faced Milwaukee on July 29 and was superb while giving up three hits
in seven scoreless innings of a game the Cubs eventually lost, 5-0, at Wrigley
In 19 career meetings with the Brewers, Samardzija is 2-4 with a 3.54 ERA.
On Monday, Caleb Gindl finished a double shy of the cycle as the Brewers
bested the Cubs, 6-1.
Gindl went 3-for-3 with a three RBI and three runs scored for Milwaukee, which
won for the fourth time in five games. The Brewers' rookie has homered in
consecutive games for the second time in his career.
Wily Peralta (10-15) gave up just an unearned run on five hits while striking
out seven. It was his first start since July 21 without surrendering an earned
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (8-16) absorbed the loss after yielding two runs
on two hits in four innings. Starlin Castro had a pair of hits and the lone
The Brewers won 10 of the first 15 games with the Cubs this season, after
winning the 2012 season series 13-4.
09/17 10:32:38 ET