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TB@CHC: Wada allows two runs over six innings of work

The Cubs will send left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to the mound at Wrigley Field on Wednesday looking to take a 2-1 lead in their four-game series with the Brewers.

Chicago, which is at the opposite end of the National League Central from Milwaukee -- the Cubs are well in last place, while the Brewers lead the division -- evened the series with a 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

Wednesday's game will be the second straight in which the Brewers face a pitcher who was in the Minors the last time the two teams met. Both Wada and Tuesday's starter, Kyle Hendricks, were at Triple-A at the end of May.

"It's more difficult when a guy comes up from Triple-A to figure things out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "There is video in Triple-A, but obviously, they have more video on our guys and what we do as hitters, so he'll be able to get more off us than we'll be able to get off him."

Wada is 1-1 with a 3.25 ERA in his five starts since being called up. Most recently, he took a no-decision in an extra-innings loss to the Rays, pitching six innings, allowing two runs and striking out six.

Right-hander Kyle Lohse will pitch for Milwaukee. Lohse is 11-6 with a 3.33 ERA and also took a no-decision his last time out, tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers.

In two starts against the Cubs this season, Lohse is 2-0. He gave up three runs in seven innings to beat the Cubs in Chicago on May 16, then pitched a shutout in Milwaukee on June 1.

Cubs: Cubs take extra infield practice before Tuesday win
The clubhouse was particularly quiet before Tuesday's game -- most of the team was on the field taking early infield and batting practice.

"It's just a refresher course," manager Rick Renteria said. "You talk about it. The coaches, obviously, are ... trying to get them to do the things they need to do. They put their eyes on them, too, and make sure that they're doing it the way we want it."

Renteria wasn't critical of the team's fundamental play but said that the extra exercise serves well for his young core, particularly recent callups Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara.

"When you're trying to put your eyes on guys and then just try to keep them, maintain them, it's really important to make sure they get their work," he said. "These are young men. They've got a lot of energy, and we want to make sure they're doing the things that they need to keep moving forward."

Brewers: Garza optimistic, but not throwing
Though he expressed optimism that his strained left rib cage is improving, right-hander Matt Garza is unsure when he will be cleared to resume throwing.

"When it all clears up," Garza said. "That's all I can say. I'd like to [speed things up]."

But Garza knows that returning to action too early could cause a setback. He has been shut down since injuring his side in an Aug. 3 start in St. Louis and is on the 15-day disabled list. Because of the fickle nature of rib-cage muscle strains, team officials have offered no timetable for a return.

Garza had a similar issue last season while with the Cubs but is certain that this current injury is significantly less severe.

"I'm still as optimistic as I was," he said. "Until it goes away, you can't really do much, [or you can] re-aggravate it. So we're just kind of waiting until it all clears up."

Worth noting
• Cubs starters have a 1.99 ERA over their last six games -- all quality starts -- while holding batters to a .203 average during that span.

• Roenicke said that both Scooter Gennett and Jean Segura are well on their way to recovery from their respective quad injuries. Both started on Tuesday, with Gennett going 1-for-4 and Segura going 1-for-3.

"Jean is doing a lot better -- he goes in for treatment just to make sure," Roenicke said. "It's maintenance. Scooter, [he's] still a little bit limited. I saw him run home yesterday, then jog there just to kind of take it easy. So I know it's still there. But they're both continuing to get better." Comments