The confinds of Wrigley Fielde were certainly friendly to the Brewers last night.
Brewers lead the series 1-0
|Mon 08/02|| WP: Yovani Gallardo (10 - 5) |
LP: Randy Wells (5 - 9)
|18 - 1 win|
|Wed 08/04||1:20 PM CDT|
but can they stretch their winning streak to two...?
... Probably not, because they will be facing Thomas Diamond (5-4, 3.16 ERA in AAA Iowa this season), who will be making his major league debut tonight. Diamond has had a rather tumultuous professional career. Origionally drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Rangers, he underwent Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2007. After the Rangers DFA'd him, the Cubs picked him up and DFA'd him too. But he's back on the roster now and is being rewarded for his nice season with the I-Cubs. His 1.218 WHIP is supported by solid peripherals of 8.7 K/9 inn and 3.8 BB/9 inn. How well he pitched in the minors probably doesn't matter, because the Brewers just don't do well against pitchers making their major league debut.
Chris Narveson (8-7, 5.90 ERA) will be on the mound for the good guys tonight. In his last start he only managed to make it through 5 innings. He was looking good through those first five innings against the Reds, but he allowed the first three batters to reach in the sixth inning and was lifted in favor of Kameron Loe, who allowed those runners to score anyway. I'm not quite sure what to expect from Narveson these days. The first innings isn't as much of a problem as it has been in the past for the Narv-Dog, it's all the innings after that. However his BABIP is a little high at .327, so there's that. In his brief career against the Cubs, Narveson is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA. No Cub has faced Narveson at least 10 times.
In the bullpen
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) yesterday..
Kameron Loe did not record an out (8 pitches) Sunday.
Zach Braddock pitched .2 innings (18 pitches) Sunday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1.1 innings (15 pitches) Sunday.
Chris Capuano pitched 2 innings (37 pitches) Saturday.
David Riske pitched 10 pitches) Saturday.