In what is likely an effort to get more runners on base in front of his power bats, Brewers manager Ken Macha put infielder Craig Counsell in the leadoff spot for Wednesday’s game with second baseman Rickie Weeks in the No. 2 hole.
Weeks becomes the 10th different Brewers hitter to bat second for the club this season. Counsell also becomes the third Brewers hitter to bat leadoff in 2010.
Macha also appears to be loading the lineup with left-handed bats against Cubs’ right-hander Carlos Zambrano. Counsell replaces Alcides Escobar at shortstop and Jim Edmonds will start for Carlos Gomez in centerfield.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter