Suppan, Crew shut door on rival Cubs
Starter tosses three scoreless innings; staff keeps theme over final six
BREWERS 2, CUBS 0
at Phoenix, Ariz.
Saturday, March 7
Cubs at the plate: Seven different Cubs had one hit apiece -- all singles -- including starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, but Chicago lost its fifth straight game. After drawing 42 walks in their first 11 Spring Training games, the Cubs drew only one Saturday, which came with two outs in the ninth inning.Brewers at the plate: The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to an error by Cubs starter Zambrano. Corey Hart extended his Cactus League hitting streak to six games with a double and moved to third on Mike Cameron's single. Zambrano then fielded Mike Lamb's comebacker -- it was ruled an infield hit -- but overthrew first base, allowing both runners to score. Lamb was credited with one RBI on the play. J.J. Hardy was the only player in the game with two hits, including a triple.
Cubs on the mound: Both runs were earned against Zambrano, who surrendered four hits and struck out five in three innings. Angel Guzman, Jason Waddell, David Patton and J.R. Mathes held Milwaukee scoreless over the final five innings, with Patton striking out three batters in two hitless frames.Brewers on the mound: Five Brewers pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout. Starter Jeff Suppan surrendered a hit in each of his three innings, but he held the Cubs scoreless and notched three strikeouts. Up next: The Cubs will play host to the Rangers on Sunday at HoHoKam Park. Sean Marshall, who is fighting for the last vacancy in the rotation, is slated to start. In his last outing, Marshall threw three scoreless innings. Expect Derrek Lee back in the lineup.
The Brewers will head north to Surprise, Ariz., for their first game against the Royals, with Yovani Gallardo slated to start and Jorge Julio among the bullpen candidates to appear in relief. Hart has a hit in all six of his Cactus League games, and he'll look to extend the streak if he starts a second consecutive day.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.