(Sports Network) - Scott Baker finally makes his return to the majors
following Tommy John surgery today when he leads the Chicago Cubs against the
Milwaukee Brewers in the finale of a three-game series.
Baker, a 31-year-old right-hander, has not pitched in a big league game since
September 24, 2011 with Minnesota. He was signed by the Cubs as a free agent
last November and made eight rehab starts between Single-A Daytona and Kane
County. Baker struck out 16 hitters and had 10 walks.
Baker's 163 career appearances (159 starts) have all come with the Twins. His
best season came in 2009, when he racked up 15 victories. He's 4-4 with a 5.29
ERA in eight career starts against the Brewers.
Yovani Gallardo, who is unbeaten in his last five starts, counters for the
Brewers. The righty hasn't lost since July 25 against San Diego. He's coming
off a seven-inning outing against the Pirates on Tuesday and didn't get a
Gallardo was on the 15-day disabled list at the start of August due to
tightness in his left hamstring. He is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts
since being reinstated. He's also 7-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 16 starts against the
Logan Schafer's three-run triple highlighted a four-run fourth inning in
Milwaukee's 5-3 win Saturday. Jonathan Lucroy had two hits while Johnny
Hellweg (1-3) earned his first career win. The right-hander surrendered three
runs on four hits across six innings for the Brewers, who have won two of
their last three.
"As the innings went on, stuff got better, the location got better," Brewers
manager Ron Roenicke said of Hellweg. "I thought he pitched more with his
changeup and his breaking ball. Hopefully this is a guy we're going to see."
Jake Arrieta (2-2) lasted five innings and gave up three hits, four runs and
three walks for the Cubs, who have dropped three of their last five. Luis
Valbuena hit an early two-run homer in defeat.
"It's frustrating because there were a couple of pitches in there that cost me
to give up four runs in that inning," Arrieta said. "I had an opportunity to
go seven or eight innings today with maybe giving up one run."
A win today would keep Milwaukee's road series victory stretch intact. The
Brewers entered this weekend 4-0-2 over their last six road series.
The Cubs have lost 13 of their last 20 games overall, while dropping 20 of
their last 27 home games.
The Brewers lead the season series with Chicago, 9-5.
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