Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Milwaukee leads 1-0 (as of 7/29)

Game 1: Monday, July 29
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Chi Cubs0
Game 2: Tuesday, July 30
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Chi Cubs5
Game 3: Tuesday, July 30
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Game 4: Wednesday, July 31
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Brewers 5

(44-61, 18-32 away)

Cubs 0

(48-56, 22-27 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 29, 2013

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    MIL 000000005 5 7 1
    CHC 000000000 0 6 1

    W: B. Kintzler (3-0)

    L: P. Strop (1-1)

    Brewers-Cubs Preview

    STATS LLC

    Despite trading away two high-priced veterans, the Chicago Cubs have managed to produce some positive results of late.

    Looking for a fourth consecutive victory, the Cubs return home for the first time since the All-Star break to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

    Since losing eight of 10 to open June, Chicago (48-55) is 23-17 and coming off a 6-4 trip that concluded with a three-game sweep of San Francisco. That road run came while the club continued its rebuilding process by dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano.

    "It's not as much of a challenge for me as always making sure you have the depth to fill the voids that happen sometimes," manager Dale Sveum told the Cubs' official website. "We have a lot more depth than we did last year."

    Chicago managed six runs in San Francisco, but held the reigning World Series champs to three in three one-run wins. All-Star Travis Wood pitched seven strong innings and hit a solo homer in Sunday's 2-1 victory.

    After Chris Rusin and Wood combined to allow an unearned run and seven hits over 14 innings of the last two games, Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94 ERA) hopes to avoid another subpar outing when he takes the ball Monday.

    The right-hander was staked to a 6-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings Wednesday, but allowed four runs and matched a season high with five walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-6, 12-inning win at Arizona.

    "You just can't walk guys, it brings up your pitch count." said Samardzija, who is 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA and walked 15 in four July starts.

    He hopes that won't be the case while trying to improve on a 2-4 record and 5.46 ERA in 10 starts this season at Wrigley Field. He is 4-5 in 11 road starts but has a 2.72 ERA.

    Samardzija dropped to 0-3 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts against the Brewers (43-61) after yielding five runs, four on a pair of homers, in seven innings of a 5-4 loss April 19.

    Milwaukee is 5-3 against the Cubs this season, but lost the final two of a three-game home set to their NL Central rivals last month.

    The Brewers lost for the fifth time in seven games, 6-5 at Colorado on Sunday. All-Star Carlos Gomez had two hits, and is 12 for 20 in the last five contests after he went 3 for 42 in his previous 12.

    Gomez is batting .235 (4 for 17) versus Chicago in 2013, but homered off Samardzija.

    Looking for a third straight winning start, teammate Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37) has allowed one run in 13 innings of his last two outings. That run came in seven frames of a 3-1 victory over San Diego on Wednesday.

    "When he is on his game like that, it is a big boost for the team," manager Ron Roenicke said.

    The right-hander has a 3.15 ERA while winning three straight starts against the Cubs. He gave up a three-run homer to Nate Schierholtz in seven innings of a 9-3 home win over Chicago on June 25.

    That is one of Schierholtz's two hits in nine at-bats against Lohse. He's 10 for 25 (.400) with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last eight contests overall.

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    Gameday Matchup

     MilwaukeeChicago
    W-L74-8866-96
    Night56-5335-47
    Grass74-8866-96
    Current StreakL1L3
    Last 106-43-7

    Pitching Matchup

    MilwaukeeChicago
    K. Lohse
    11-10, 3.35 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at ATL
    9.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win
    J. Samardzija
    8-13, 4.34 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at STL
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.MilwaukeeChicago
    1. R. Weeks, 2B D. DeJesus, CF
    2. N. Aoki, RF J. Lake, LF
    3. J. Segura, SS A. Rizzo, 1B
    4. J. Lucroy, C N. Schierholtz, RF
    5. C. Gomez, CF S. Castro, SS
    6. C. Gindl, LF L. Valbuena, 3B
    7. J. Francisco, 1B D. Barney, 2B
    8. J. Bianchi, 3B W. Castillo, C
    9. K. Lohse, P J. Samardzija, P

    Research Notes

    Jeff Samardzija is tied for third in the NL with 84 strikeouts in at-bats ending with a pitch down in the zone and below. Forty nine of those strikeouts have come from his splitter. As a team, the Brewers are 3-for-31 with 12 strikeouts in at-bats ending with a splitter down in the zone and below.

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