Kyle Lohse will try to help his club accomplish that unprecedented feat with a better performance against Chicago on Thursday at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (68-83) eased to its 33rd win in the last 44 matchups with the Cubs on Wednesday and 22nd in 26 home meetings. Sean Halton 's first career grand slam in the first inning was more than enough for the Brewers in a 7-0 rout."In a couple months I will sit back and look (and say) that was a crazy week," said Halton, who also hit a three-run walkoff homer Sunday to give the Brewers a 6-5 victory over Cincinnati. "It is unbelievable to get an opportunity to be in those situations let alone come through in them."
Lohse (10-9, 3.46 ERA) will try to lead Milwaukee to another win over its NL Central rivals and its fifth in a row overall. The Brewers haven't won five straight since a season-high, nine-game win streak April 14-23.
The right-hander pitched a four-hitter Friday in a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati after a miserable outing against the Cubs on Sept. 6. Lohse was tagged for a season-high seven runs and 11 hits over five innings in an 8-5 defeat.
Junior Lake struck the big blow in the first inning with his first career grand slam.
"You're gonna have starts like that," said Lohse, who was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his previous four matchups. "Guys have those starts ... but I look at the season as a whole."
Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.42) will try to help the scuffling Cubs (63-89) avoid the sweep and a season high-tying sixth consecutive loss while avoiding his second defeat to Milwaukee in less than two weeks.
The right-hander gave up four runs over five innings in a 5-3 defeat Sept. 7. He had a better performance in his Cubs debut July 30 against the Brewers, giving up one run and two hits over six innings.
Chicago closer Kevin Gregg , however, blew the save in that 3-2 defeat.
Arrieta has allowed four runs in each of his last two games and lasted five-plus innings Friday before the Cubs rallied a 5-4 comeback win in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Manager Dale Sveum could use a strong performance from Arrieta and the rest of the Cubs to increase his chances of keeping his job after this season. Team president Theo Epstein wouldn't say whether Sveum would return next year on Tuesday.
"Some things haven't gone too well, and some things have gone really well," Sveum told the team's website Wednesday. "That's up to (the front office), and they're the bosses. They make those decisions and they have all kinds of things to evaluate."
The Brewers, meanwhile, are hoping to get shortstop Jean Segura back after he had to leave Wednesday's game with a strained right hamstring.
"It's not bad, but saying that, we'll see how many days it's going to be," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's website. "If he walks in here (Thursday) and he hardly feels anything, then we have a chance to get him back out there."
|August 08, 2013||Matt Guerrier||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|August 08, 2013||Thomas Neal||60-Day DL||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Thomas Neal||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Dioner Navarro||Day-to-Day||Right ankle contusion|
|August 03, 2013||Luis Valbuena||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 03, 2013||Luis Valbuena||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|September 18, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|September 13, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left wrist contusion|
|September 06, 2013||Khris Davis||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|August 15, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right knee|
|August 08, 2013||Rickie Weeks||60-Day DL||Left hamstring surgery - out for season|
|August 02, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jake Arrieta delivered just what the Chicago Cubs needed as another sorry season nears it end.
Luis Valbuena , Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic homered, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.
Arrieta (3-2) didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fourth, when former-Cub Aramis Ramirez singled between second and third. Carlos Gomez hit a solo homer in the seventh.
"If things are going bad, I feel like I can be a guy that can right the ship with one good start," Arrieta said. "A lot of the guys here fall into that category."
Chicago, assured of its fourth straight losing season, had dropped seven of eight coming in after opening its trip with consecutive wins in Cincinnati.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum was pleased with Arrieta's eight starts since he was acquired from Baltimore on July 2.
"Everything was working really well," Sveum said. "He hung that one cutter to Gomez, but other than that, a lot of weak contact."
Arrieta allowed three hits, struck out five, walked one and drove in a run.
"It was pretty much just good control from start to finish," he said. "I established a good, quality fastball and worked offspeed off of that. We had a nice roll going today."
Valbuena stopped an 0-for-14 slide with his 12th homer, a solo shot off Kyle Lohse (10-10) in the first. Schierholtz hit a two-run homer in third that landed in the Cubs bullpen in center for a 3-0 lead, and Bogusevic added a pinch- homer off Donovan Hand leading off the ninth.
Lohse gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. He has allowed 26 homers, tying Washington's Dan Haren for the NL lead.
Lohse and the Brewers weren't happy with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild.
"Not a whole lot of it was me," Lohse said. "When you have an umpire that says your grumpy face is going to cost you strikes, you've got issues. I wasn't as consistent as I want to be, but I made a lot of really good pitches and I guess I looked funny out there and wasn't going to get the calls."
Lohse said wasn't told of Fairchild's comment after until he finished the fifth inning.
"Luckily, they didn't tell me until later," Lohse said. "I don't think I did anything to show him up. I had a lot of calls that I thought could have went my way. Obviously, it is frustrating, but my job is to go out there and make pitches. I can't do anything about what is called or not, but it's just hard to adjust to something that's inconsistent."
Sixty-five of Arrieta's 86 pitches were strikes, while Lohse had 62 among 100 pitches.
Lohse said teammate Martin Maldonado passed on the comment, but Lohse didn't specify whether Maldonado told him directly.
"I didn't hear it firsthand or I wouldn't have lasted five innings," Lohse said.
Logan Schafer was cited for throwing equipment after he made the last out of the game. He tossed his helmet while walking away from Fairchild after taking a called third strike.
NOTES: Cubs C Wellington Castro Brewers SS left after the seventh inning with right knee soreness. "I was running hard and I just felt a sharp pain," he said. Cubs manager Dale Sveum that Wellington would get checked on and evaluated tomorrow. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura did not play, a day after straining his right hamstring. ... Injured Brewers 1B Corey Hart , eligible for free agency after the World Series, wants to remain with the Brewers. He is making $10 million this year, the final season of a $26.5 million, three-year deal. "I wouldn't sit there and ask for anything that is outlandish," he said. "I would take a discount to stay here because I think I owe it to them to stay here and be a cheaper player." He had surgery on his right knee in late January and missed spring training. "I've told them I would be very generous to stay here. Nobody wants to play for free, but I've basically sat there and watched all season. That's kind of what we're hoping for, but at the same time, you don't know what's going to happen." ... Schierholtz's 21 home runs are 12 more than his previous high of nine with San Francisco in 2011.