Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a 14-game hitting streak, in which he's batting .537 with seven walks, nine runs, four doubles, four homers and 14 RBIs. He also needs one more homer to join Hall of Famer Billy Williams as the only players in Cubs history to hit at least 30 doubles and 25 homers six times. Alfonso Soriano, who was hit by a pitch on Wednesday, is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday. Brewers: Hot from the hill
Entering Wednesday, the Brewers had a Major League-best ERA of 2.65 (95 earned runs in 323 innings pitched) over 36 games since July 17. They lowered that mark to 2.63 with the two earned runs allowed in the series finale against Pittsburgh. With his 100th RBI on Tuesday night, first baseman Prince Fielder joined Cecil Cooper as the only players in franchise history to record four 100-RBI seasons. Ryan Braun is 15 RBIs away from also accomplishing the feat. Those two may be leading the way, but McGehee pointed to the team's consistency across the board as a reason for recent success. "That's pretty rare, when you can say that all 25 guys on the roster have either had a huge hand in it or put the team on their back for a day and won one of those games," McGehee said. "Everybody, regardless of what the numbers are, feels like they're having a good year because of what we're doing together." Worth noting
Milwaukee's .746 winning percentage at home is the best in baseball. The club has won 18 of its last 21 games at Miller Park, and is 16-4-0 in series play this year in Milwaukee. The Cubs are 21-22 in one-run games this season. They were 22-32 in such ballgames last season, and haven't had a winning mark in one-run games in a season since 2008.