Jason Hammel goes for his ninth win with last place Brewers in town
By David Miniel
After falling to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs will turn their attention to the last place Milwaukee Brewers who are currently 2-8 in their previous 10 games.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 4-3 loss to the postseason-bound Redbirds who jumped all over Jon Lester in the first inning of the ballgame.
Taking the mound tonight for the Cubs (87-62) will be veteran right-hander, Jason Hammel.
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Hammel (8-6, 3.73 ERA) pitched a fair game while visiting the Cardinals on Sept. 8, having allowed three earned runs on four hits across six innings of work but failed to complete four frames in his previous outing.
Pittsburgh tagged him for four earned runs on five hits to claim the first game of the doubleheader that Tuesday. Lester followed that up with a complete game to help his club earn a split.
When pitching against the Brewers (63-86), Hammel has brought his very best. In 24 1/3 frames, the 33-year-old has surrendered only seven earned runs while posting a 21/7 K/BB ratio and carries a 2-0 record in four starts.
The man taking the mound opposite Jason will be 26-year-old Wily Peralta. Peralta (5-9, 4.41 ERA) picks up his fourth consecutive start against the N.L. Central this month.
His ERA jumped from 4.14 to 4.41 while hosting the Cardinals just five days ago. St. Louis chased the young right-hander after four innings of work by clubbing three home runs and pushing five earned runs across the plate.
If he’s unable to recover from that performance, he’ll have a hard time pitching against this powerful lineup.
First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN, WBBM 780 A.M.
Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s for both clubs: