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Game Thread #151: Cubs (77-72) at Brewers (74-76)

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Current Series

Cubs lead the series 1-0

Mon 09/21 WP: Tom Gorzelanny (6 - 2)
LP: Braden Looper (13 - 7)
2 - 10 loss

Chicago Cubs
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Randy Wells vs Dave Bush

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Wed 09/23 7:05 PM CDT


It's another Brewers-Cubs game, it's Mac and Cheese Tuesday, and there's pumpkin on the menu. If that's not a recipe for success, I don't know what is.

Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on tonight's game!

Randy Wells (10-9, 3.06) is looking to rebound from a tough start against the Brewers last time out, when he allowed five earned runs on five hits and five walks in just four innings, raising his season ERA over 3 for the first time in a month. Wells has posted a 7.04 ERA and failed to last past the fourth inning over his last two starts. He has, however, been better on the road this season, posting a 3.51 ERA at Wrigley and a 2.57 ERA away from it.

Dave Bush (5-7, 5.88) wasn't great last time out (4 ER on 8 hits in 5.2 IP), but that was good enough to pick up the second of back-to-back wins for the first time since May 14 and 19. Tonight will be Bush's fourth start against the Cubs this season: he's 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA against them in 2009. Bush is also not afraid to pitch inside: He leads the National League with 14 plunks this season, the fifth highest single season total in Brewer history and the most by a Brewer since he hit 18 in 2006.

Tyler Barnes has tonight's lineup:

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell 3B
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Jody Gerut RF
Jason Kendall C
Alcides Escobar SS
Dave Bush P

And in the bullpen:

Josh Butler pitched two innings (36 pitches) last night.
Seth McClung pitched one inning (27 pitches) last night. John Axford pitched one inning (20 pitches) last night.
Mitch Stetter pitched one inning (16 pitches) last night.
Carlos Villanueva
pitched one inning (25 pitches) Sunday.Chris Smith pitched two innings (19 pitches) Sunday.Mike Burns pitched one inning (18 pitches) Sunday..
David Weathers
has not pitched since Saturday.
Todd Coffey
has not pitched since Saturday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Friday.Claudio Vargas has not pitched since Thursday.

Enjoy the game!