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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-30

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-30
Ray Durham replaced second baseman Rickie Weeks in the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday against Chicago, but manager Ned Yost quickly noted the change wasn't made because Weeks made a two-run error the previous evening in a 6-4 loss to the Cubs.

Yost wouldn't say if it was the start of a shift in which Durham would start seeing more playing time, however.

"I was planning this for the last two or three days," Yost said. "I can't give you my schedule ahead of time, but I don't change the lineup because a guy missed a play or made a mistake."

Yost said he wanted the switch-hitting Durham and left-handed third baseman Russell Branyan in the lineup because Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano was tougher on right-handed hitters. Those splits were hardly noteworthy, however: right-handers were batting .241 against Zambrano and lefties .244.

Yost gave no indication he was ready to platoon Weeks and Durham at second, which would give Durham most of the playing time. In fact, Yost hedged on how much he planned to play Durham the rest of the way.

"We'll just see," he said. "We'll go with our best combination on any night, take it day to day and go with matchups."

As it turned out, Durham didn't even make it through the game. He fouled a pitch off his right shin in the third inning and left with a bruise in the seventh.

Though Weeks was swinging the bat much better since the All-Star break (.286 average, eight RBIs, .409 on-base percentage), his offensive numbers for the season are still low for a leadoff hitter (.224 average, .330 OBP). And his defensive issues remain a source of concern among the club's decision-makers.

CUBS 7, BREWERS 1: The Brewers' two aces have been trumped. One night after saddling the Brewers with their first loss with CC Sabathia on the mound, the Cubs roughed up Ben Sheets with a five-run outburst in the sixth inning. The first seven batters collected hits in that inning as Sheets got caught in a buzz saw and couldn't escape. By winning the first two games of the four-game showdown with the Brewers, the Cubs boosted their lead to three games in the NL Central. Carlos Zambrano was too much for the Brewers, who managed just five hits and no runs off the big right-hander in eight innings. After beginning the second half with a 7-0 trip to San Francisco and St. Louis, the Brewers are 1-4 on this homestand.

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Added: July 30, 2008

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