After sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a seventh-straight loss on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs will look to complete a three-game sweep of Ron Roenicke‘s club at Wrigley Field as Milwaukee looks to gain ground on the Cardinals, who have a 2 1/2 game lead in the NL Central.
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Chicago (63-76) will turn to rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.91 ERA), who was masterful in the month of Aug., going 4-0 with a 1.69 earned run average in six starts. He faced Milwaukee on Aug. 12, allowing six hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. His last time out, he faced the Cardinals, allowing two runs over six innings of work.
He will be opposed by former Cub and Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza (7-7, 3.58 ERA), who is making his first start since Aug. 3, when he strained a left rib-cage muscle against St. Louis. His pitch count is expected to be limited as Milwaukee (73-65) looks to right a quickly sinking ship.
Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo will both be out of tonight’s lineup with injuries. Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler will form the 3-4 punch in the heart of Ricky Renteria’s lineup. The Brewers will be without outfielder Ryan Braun, who is in Milwaukee for the birth of his child.
Tonight’s game is slated for a 7:05 p.m. CT start. CSN Chicago has the television broadcast and WGN-AM 720 has the call.
Here are tonight’s lineups: