15. That’s the number of times the Cubs struck out against the Brewers last night. Add 14 the night before and you’ve got the beginnings of a pretty impressive streak. Oh, and Paul Maholm gave up four runs in only four innings.
“He just couldn’t keep the ball down in the inning, he gave it up,” Sveum said. “He got the ball up to Braun. His change-up was up, so he just couldn’t get the ball down.”
Maholm was not pleased when Sveum pinch hit for him in the fifth inning.
“I understand it, but I’m never going to agree with it,” Maholm said. “I want to go deeper into the game, but I completely understand the move, but me, I want to be out there.”
Maholm has thrown just 14 1/3rd innings over his past three starts during which he has given up 10 earned runs.
And the Cubs could have used some of the 10 runs they scored Tuesday night, as they were shut out.
“Today we really didn’t put together any good swings or anything,” Sveum said. “(Greinke) kept the ball down, we just didn’t cover the outer part half of the plate.”
Geinke has now run his Miller Park record to 15-0 since being traded by Kansas City before the 2011 season.
“When you have chances and you don’t come through, you start pressing when you have a guy like him on the mound,” said Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, who struck out four times Wednesday. “They are tough guys to hit against out there. It’s not really an excuse because you just can’t chase stuff like I have been doing the last couple days.”
Especially when your only value to the team is base stealing.
Remember all the times we clamored for Jim Hendry to make deadline trades, and failed to see much happen? It looks like this year is going to be different.
“We’ve already started talking to teams,’’ said Hoyer, a few hours before Zack Greinke and the Milwaukee Brewers sent the Cubs to their 17th defeat in 21 games, this time 8-0.
“Teams work on somewhat dual tracks this time of year, but even in the [next] couple days I think those calls will pick up. … Saying we’re turning our attention sounds like we weren’t paying attention before, but that’s where the focus is going to be now.’’
“We’ll see how it looks in six weeks, but right now there’s not a lot of [sellers],’’ Hoyer said. “That’ll shake out a little bit over the next six to eight weeks, and as it does, teams will get more active. A lot of teams are probably in a wait-and-see mode, and will see how the next month or so works out. We’ll be on the phones.’’
But until something happens, we’ll just have to continue following the current team. They play the final game of three in Milwaukee today at 1:10 Central. Matt Garza (2-4, 4.10) pitches against Randy Wolf (2-5, 6.05). As Wolf is a lefty, Sveum is trotting out the right-handed lineup today:
If you’re not doing anything else this afternoon and get CSN, you can watch today’s game.