PG Notes: Travis Wood looks to lead Cubs to another win


After escaping with a win in Friday’s series opener at Miller Park, the Chicago Cubs will look to make it two-straight against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday as the club aims at climbing the pecking order in the National League Central.

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Chicago (15-13) currently sits in second place in the division, trailing the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals by 6 1/2 games in the standings. Mike Matheny‘s club has won nine of its last 10 games – with the only loss coming at the hands of Joe Maddon‘s Cubs earlier this week.

But, for now, Maddon and Chicago must keep their attention on beating the team’s they’re supposed to beat. And right now, that means taking it to new manager Craig Counsell and the Brewers, who are 5-5 in their last 10 after a horrendous start to the season.

Milwaukee (9-21) is the only big league team yet to reach 10 wins and left-hander Travis Wood will look to keep it that way. Wood is coming off a disappointing start in which he was roughed up for six runs in five innings against the Cardinals, but prior to that, he allowed a total of eight runs in his first four starts.

He will be opposed by right-hander Kyle Lohse, who has struggled this season. Lohse (1-4, 7.01 ERA) is an even 7-7 against Chicago in his career, and will look to climb over the hill in Saturday’s tilt.

Here are the starting lineups for Milwaukee and Chicago:

First pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT from Miller Park. WBBM 780 has the Cubs’ radio broadcast and CSN will have the television coverage.