Brewers, Cubs postponed
From colleague Joey Nowak:
Wednesday evening’s game between the Cubs and visiting Brewers at Wrigley Field was postponed about four hours before the scheduled first pitch because of inclement weather heading into the Chicago area.
The game was rescheduled for Tuesday, July 30, at 1:20 p.m. CT, as part of a day-night doubleheader. Tickets for Wednesday’s postponed game will be good for admission to the makeup game. The regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. CT contest will follow.
Frigid temperatures have blanketed the Chicago area this week, with winds of 20-plus mph dropping the wind chill to the low 30s. The forecast called for rain and possible storms through the end of the night.
“I think tonight would have probably been a little bit above anybody’s need to be playing baseball,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Last night was about as tough as you’re gonna get, and tonight would have probably been to where you can’t really function out there.”
A makeup date for the rubber match of the three-game series has yet to be determined. Sveum said the Cubs’ rotation order would remain the same, with Scott Feldman opening a four-game series against the Giants at Wrigley on Thursday, followed by Carlos Villanueva, Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson.
Following a scheduled day off Thursday for the Brewers, Kyle Lohse will start Friday vs. his former team, the Cardinals. Yovani Gallardo will start Saturday, followed by Marco Estrada in Sunday’s series finale in St. Louis.
“[The postponement] comes at a good time for us,” said Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun. “We’re obviously not playing well, and nobody enjoys playing in this weather. The combination of those two things, I think we’re fortunate to have the day off tonight.”
Milwaukee won the first game of the series, 7-4, on Monday, before the Cubs won in comeback fashion on Tuesday, 6-3. Chicago’s next home series against the Brewers is July 29-31.
“I think you always want to keep playing after you win, and you had a little momentum [Tuesday] night,” Sveum said. “Guys had some good at-bats. So it’s not one of those things where you don’t want to play. But there was nothing you could do about today. I don’t even know if it’s football weather.”
So, the Brewers get an extra day off. It couldn’t have come at a better time, for a myriad of reasons I explored in a story set to hit Brewers.com tonight. Check it out, and enjoy the weekend series in St. Louis. I’ll be away for a few days before returning next week at Miller Park.
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