Results tagged ‘ Brewers ’

9/4 Cubs vs. Brewers

On Friday, the Cubs face the Brewers, kicking off a stretch in which they will play 20 of 23 games against NL Central foes. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.32)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.77) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-3, 10.97)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 4.31)

8/12 Updating Cubs start times

Time to both doublecheck and update your Cubs calendar. Remember, the Cubs’ games Friday and Saturday against the Cardinals will start at 3:05 p.m. CT. Sunday’s game will start at 1:20 p.m. CT.

The Cubs’ game Sept. 7 vs. the Brewers will start at 3:05 p.m. CT. It had originally been listed as a 12:05 p.m. CT start, but was changed at the request of national television.

The Sept. 1 start time vs. the Phillies is still to be determined.

7/4 Game time changes

There have been changes to the start times for two Cubs games coming up. FOX TV made the broadcast changes that impact two upcoming games.

On Aug. 17, the Cubs game against the Cardinals will now be broadcast on FOX. The start time has been changed from 12:05 p.m. CT to 3:05 p.m. CT.

On Sept. 7, the Brewers’ game at Wrigley is no longer a FOX game, and the game will start at 3:05 p.m. CT.

6/20 Sausage race

Are you a fan of the racing sausages in Milwaukee? Prior to the Cubs’ game against the Brewers on June 27, the Brewers will celebrate one of the most memorable days in franchise history, the debut of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. Twenty years ago, on June 27, 1993, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages came to life, transforming from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard to live racers. A pre-game ceremony will honor the Famous Racing Sausages and the race itself will feature the “Original Three” — the Bratwurst, the Italian and the Polish. The Hot Dog and Chorizo will hold the finish line. The Klement’s Famous Sausage Race began as a scoreboard animation in the early 1990s with just three characters running toward Milwaukee County Stadium against a backdrop of the city of Milwaukee.

4/10 Cubs vs Brewers, ppd

Wednesday’s game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed because of inclement weather and rescheduled for July 30 at 1:20 p.m. CT as part of a day-night doubleheader.
Tickets for Wednesday’s postponed game will be good for admission to the make-up game at 1:20 p.m. CT. The regularly-scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest will follow. The game was postponed because of the forecast for rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening.

— Carrie Muskat

3/22 Carlos & Yo

Carlos Villanueva wanted to avoid seeing his former Brewers teammates until he took the mound on Friday. He doesn’t believe in fraternization between teams. But Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo did a sneak attack.

“Someone mentioned to me [that he doesn’t like to talk on the field],” Gallardo said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I have to talk to him on purpose now and see what he does.’ We said hello before the game. He was a good friend of mine, and he still is. It’s good to see him doing well.”

Gallardo started by sending his former teammate text messages around 7 a.m. Friday.

Villanueva left Mesa before the Cubs’ team bus, and was hoping to avoid seeing anyone from the Brewers. But when he got to Maryvale Baseball Park, there was Gallardo, waiting for him. The two hugged.

“Of course, he’s warming up right there,” Villanueva said of Gallardo. “I couldn’t just push him away. Pitchers, I’m OK with.”

Villanueva and Gallardo were together on the Brewers from 2007-10, and good friends.

“Me and Yo, we were tight when I was there,” Villanueva said. “There was a lot of trash talking back and forth for the last couple days. I have a lot of friends on that team, but when it comes down to business, it’s business, and they know it.

“We’ll be facing them a lot during the season and sometimes it’s a good thing I know a little bit about them because that way I can maybe use some of that against them, but hopefully those two years I was away [playing for the Blue Jays], they forgot a little bit.”

Villanueva threw six scoreless innings, while Gallardo gave up one unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. Gallardo did offer a scouting report on Villanueva.

“He looked pretty good to me,” Gallardo said. “He’s got good stuff. Even when he was here, he’s got four plus pitches, commands the ball very well, and any time you have the off-speed like he does, you’re one pitch away from getting out of a tough inning.”

Villanueva’s Cubs got the upper hand on Friday, rallying to beat the Brewers, 4-1. They’ll meet again April 8-10 in the Cubs’ regular season home opener at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat

12/4 Who shot Sveum? Yount

Don’t expect Robin Yount to be added to Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s staff. The Hall of Famer accidentally shot his former Brewers teammate in the right ear while hunting quail in Arizona.

“The bird went up in front of [Yount] and I was about 50 yards up on the hill,” Sveum said Tuesday, explaining the freak incident. “He got the bird up and lost track of where I was and pulled the trigger and was like, ‘Uh oh.’ I was looking for birds myself and he was behind me. I got drilled with pellets in the back and the ear.”

Sveum’s reaction was expected and unprintable. Was there blood?

“Oh yeah, there was blood,” Sveum said.

The Cubs manager didn’t need stitches.

“You don’t get hit very often,” Sveum said. “It’s not that big a deal.”

He said they usually don’t fire that close to each other but there have been times in the past when they’ve had 6-shots fall on them. We know Yount shot Sveum. What about the quail?

“He got the bird,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/20 Ramirez ties Santo

Aramis Ramirez hit a milestone home run on Thursday that meant much more considering the other name in the discussion. With his 337th career home run as a third baseman, Ramirez tied Hall of Famer Ron Santo for sixth place on the all-time list for homers from that position. The two became close after Ramirez was traded in 2003 to Chicago, where Santo was the Cubs’ radio analyst.

“I was a big fan of Ron Santo all my years in Chicago,” Ramirez told reporters in Pittsburgh. “He was a great guy, always in the clubhouse trying to give me advice, make me a better player. I admire the way he treated young players in Chicago.”

Santo was posthumously inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, an honor Ramirez called, “deserving.”

Ramirez actually has 340 career home runs — he also homered twice as a pinch-hitter and once as a designated hitter in Interleague Play. Santo hit 342 homers in his career.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Cubs lineup

Alfonso Soriano gets a day off Thursday in the Cubs series finale against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus LF

Valbuena 3B

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

LaHair RF

Clevenger C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Raley P

— Carrie Muskat

8/28 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Tuesday night as the Cubs face the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Valbuena 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

T. Wood P

— Carrie Muskat