Milwaukee (42-36) at Chi Cubs (37-38)

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    Brewers head back to Wrigley Field

    The Brewers will return to Wrigley Field on Thursday for the first time since last September. This time, the circumstances are considerably more pleasant.

    Brewers probable pitcher

    Seth McClung

    • #73 RHP
    • (3-1) 3.55 ERA 30 SO
    McClung gave up three runs on six hits in four innings on Saturday against the Giants, his first start of the season. McClung struggled in the second inning, as the first four Giant batters knocked out a hit. He escaped the inning by giving up just two runs, getting the next three batters out. McClung threw 77 pitches on the night. Looking ahead, McClung has made 10 appearances against the Cubs, all in relief. He is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 2/3 innings of work.
      W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
    Career 26-32 5.33 414.0 240 304 .259
    Season 3-1 3.55 45.2 25 30 .251
    Vs. Chi Cubs 0-0 5.06 5.1 4 5 .250
    Standings - 07/02/2009 W L PCT GB Home Away
    Milwaukee Brewers (NL Central) 42 36 .538 - 22-18 20-18
    Chicago Cubs (NL Central) 37 38 .493 3.5 21-13 16-25
    Stats - 07/02/2009 AVG R HR RBI SB SO ERA IP H BB SO
    MIL .254 368 90 361 25 610 4.42 688.0 671 278 551
    CHC .245 311 81 297 31 580 3.85 673.1 612 292 583
    Despite dealing with injuries, the Cubs hope to start a successful run when they play the Brewers on Thursday in the opener of a series at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs probable pitcher

    Ryan Dempster

    • #46 RHP
    • (4-5) 4.09 ERA 80 SO
    Dempster was rusty in his first outing in 3 1/2 weeks. He had been sidelined with a broken right big toe, suffered July 5, and was going to be limited to 80-85 pitches. He threw 85 exact. But that was over five innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits and struck out three. He just wasn't sharp, and the problem was location. He has one win in his last seven starts.
      W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
    Career 80-86 4.52 1524.0 749 1274 .261
    Season 4-5 4.09 99.0 42 80 .256
    Vs. Milwaukee 1-1 5.84 12.1 6 15 .277

    Brewers hitters vs Ryan Dempster

      2009 2004-2008
    Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
    Braun, Ryan .500 4 1 2 .217 23 1 6
    Centeno, Juan - - - - - - - -
    Clark, Matt - - - - - - - -
    Davis, Khris - - - - - - - -
    Gennett, Scooter - - - - - - - -
    Gomez, Carlos - - - - 1.000 1 0 0
    Gomez, Hector - - - - - - - -
    Herrera, Elian - - - - - - - -
    Jimenez, Luis - - - - - - - -
    Lind, Adam - - - - - - - -
    Lucroy, Jonathan - - - - - - - -
    Maldonado, Martin - - - - - - - -
    Morris, Hunter - - - - - - - -
    Parra, Gerardo - - - - .333 3 0 1
    Ramirez, Aramis - 0 0 0 - - - -
    Rivera, Yadiel - - - - - - - -
    Rogers, Jason - - - - - - - -
    Schafer, Logan - - - - - - - -
    Segura, Jean - - - - - - - -

    Cubs hitters vs Seth McClung

      2009 2004-2008
    Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
    Alcantara, Arismendy - - - - - - - -
    Baez, Javier - - - - - - - -
    Castillo, Welington - - - - - - - -
    Castro, Starlin - - - - - - - -
    Coghlan, Chris .000 2 0 0 .000 2 0 0
    La Stella, Tommy - - - - - - - -
    Lake, Junior - - - - - - - -
    Lavarnway, Ryan - - - - - - - -
    Lopez, Rafael - - - - - - - -
    Montero, Miguel - - - - .250 4 0 1
    Olt, Mike - - - - - - - -
    Peterson, Shane - - - - - - - -
    Rizzo, Anthony - - - - - - - -
    Soler, Jorge - - - - - - - -
    Sweeney, Ryan - - - - .000 1 0 0
    Szczur, Matt - - - - - - - -
    Valbuena, Luis 1.000 1 0 1 1.000 1 0 1
    Villanueva, Christian - - - - - - - -

    Homer-friendly Confines (42-37) (38-38)

    Cubs 9, Brewers 5

    McClung clouted

    The wind wasn't working in Seth McClung's favor, as three home runs knocked him from the game with one out in the fourth, and a grand slam followed off reliever Chris Smith. The Brewers responded with homers from Mike Cameron and Prince Fielder, but they weren't enough.
     

    Lee-der of the pack

    Derrek Lee drove in a career-high seven runs on a three-run homer in the first inning and a grand slam in the fourth. Jake Fox and Geovany Soto also had solo shots. Starter Ryan Dempster tied his season high with nine strikeouts, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings.

    Cubs 9, Brewers 5

    Milwaukee AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Counsell, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .292
    Hardy, SS 5 0 0 0 0 3 4 .228
    Braun, LF 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 .328
    Fielder, 1B 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 .309
    McGehee, 3B 5 0 1 0 0 3 2 .317
    Cameron, CF 4 2 3 2 0 0 0 .248
    Hart, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .248
    Kendall, C 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .237
    McClung, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
      Smith, C, P 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
      a-Gerut, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .199
      Narveson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      b-Catalanotto, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .258
      DiFelice, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Totals 37 5 10 5 3 12 18  

    a-Singled for Smith, C in the 7th. b-Popped out for Narveson in the 8th.

    BATTING
    2B: Fielder (20, Dempster), Cameron (15, Heilman).
    HR: Cameron (13, 2nd inning off Dempster, 1 on, 1 out), Fielder (21, 6th inning off Dempster, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Braun; Kendall 2; McGehee; Gerut; Fielder 6; Cameron 7.
    RBI: Cameron 2 (35), Fielder (75), Braun (58), Kendall (22).
    2-out RBI: Braun.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Braun; Fielder; Counsell.
    GIDP: Hart.
    Team RISP: 3-for-11.
    Team LOB: 9.

     
    Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Fuld, LF 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 .500
    Theriot, SS 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 .289
    Lee, D, 1B 4 2 2 7 0 0 1 .285
    Bradley, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .239
    Fox, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 0 2 .317
      Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
      Marmol, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Fukudome, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .260
    Soto, G, C 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .237
    Fontenot, 2B-3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .220
    Dempster, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .088
      Marshall, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
      Blanco, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
    Totals 34 9 11 9 3 2 8  

    BATTING
    2B: Fuld (2, McClung), Fukudome (16, Smith, C).
    HR: Lee, D 2 (14, 1st inning off McClung, 2 on, 0 out; 4th inning off Smith, C, 3 on, 1 out), Fox (3, 1st inning off McClung, 0 on, 1 out), Soto, G (8, 4th inning off McClung, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Theriot 2; Fox 4; Fontenot; Bradley; Fukudome 2; Fuld 3; Lee, D 8; Soto, G 4.
    RBI: Lee, D 7 (48), Fox (12), Soto, G (26).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Theriot; Dempster; Fox.
    SAC: Dempster.
    Team RISP: 3-for-8.
    Team LOB: 5.

    FIELDING
    E: Fontenot (5, fielding).
    DP: (Fontenot-Theriot-Lee, D).

     
    Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    McClung (L, 3-2) 3.1 7 7 7 2 1 3 4.59
    Smith, C 2.2 4 2 2 1 1 1 2.50
    Narveson 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00
    DiFelice 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.72
     
    Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Dempster (W, 5-5) 6.2 8 4 3 2 9 2 4.09
    Marshall, S 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.37
    Heilman 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 4.04
    Marmol 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.76

    HBP: Hart (by Heilman).
    Pitches-strikes: McClung 85-50, Smith, C 50-29, Narveson 11-6, DiFelice 13-7, Dempster 109-68, Marshall, S 4-3, Heilman 21-11, Marmol 20-10.
    Groundouts-flyouts: McClung 6-3, Smith, C 4-0, Narveson 1-1, DiFelice 0-2, Dempster 9-2, Marshall, S 0-0, Heilman 0-1, Marmol 0-1.
    Batters faced: McClung 19, Smith, C 13, Narveson 3, DiFelice 3, Dempster 30, Marshall, S 1, Heilman 6, Marmol 4.
    Inherited runners-scored: Smith, C 2-2, Marshall, S 2-0.
    Umpires: HP: James Hoye. 1B: Bill Welke. 2B: Tim Welke. 3B: Jim Reynolds.
    Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
    Wind: 6 mph, In from RF.
    T: 2:42.
    Att: 40,545.
    Venue: Wrigley Field.
    July 2, 2009
    July 2, 2009

    Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner