Milwaukee has yet to lose a start by Davis. He got his first win as a Brewer at Cincinnati on Aug. 26, allowing just one run and four hits in his first complete game of the season in the Brewers’ 7-1.
The left-hander almost had his second career shutout—first since April 11, 2002, while he was with the Texas Rangers—in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win over the Chicago Cubs allowing no runs and five hits in 8 1-3 innings Sunday. The Brewers had four double plays and outfielder Jason Conti made a sliding, game-ending catch with the bases loaded.
“I’m not an overpowering pitcher, so I’ve got to rely on the team to make the plays, and they made all of them today,” Davis said after the game. “I just work down in the zone and get a lot of ground balls, and I did that.”
Davis has given up just three earned runs in 29 innings in his four starts for Milwaukee.
He was 4-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 13 games for Texas and Toronto this season. When Toronto tried to send him to the minors on July 10, he opted for free agency and signed a minor league contract with the Brewers.
“It’s just opportunity, I guess,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “Maybe he’s just found his place where he is comfortable. He’s got confidence in himself.”
The Cubs have won four straight, including the first two of this series outscoring the Brewers 10-6. Mark Prior allowed three runs, 10 hits and struck out seven over seven innings Saturday.
“Anytime you face a guy like Mark Prior, you know you’re in trouble if you give up three runs,” Yost said. “We battled back but couldn’t hold them at the end.”
Chicago remained is one-half game behind Houston in the NL Central, as the Astros beat San Diego 10-4 Saturday.
STANDINGS: Cubs - 2nd place, 1/2 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 5th place, 13 GB, NL Central.
CUBS PROBABLE STARTER: Kerry Wood (11-11, 3.56 ERA). Wood gave up two runs— one earned—and four hits over seven innings in the Cubs 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. The Cubs have not won in his last five starts. He is 5-5, including one shutout, with a 2.82 ERA in 14 starts against the Brewers.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Doug Davis (2-0, 0.93 ERA). Davis is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Cubs - Mark Grudzielanek, .307 avg.; Sammy Sosa, 33 HRs and 90 RBIs; Kenny Lofton, 85 runs and 29 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .319 avg., 86 runs and 36 SBs.; Richie Sexson, 37 HRs and 107 RBIs.
SEASON SERIES: Cubs, 9-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Cubs - GM Jim Hendry talked to Bob Watson of the commissioner’s office about reducing RHP Antonio Alfonseca’s seven-game suspension for bumping an umpire on Sept. 2. … LF Moises Alou did not play for second straight game after bruising his left knee Thursday on a foul ball at-bat. … RHP Prior on Saturday became the first Chicago pitcher to win seven straight decisions since Kevin Tapani in 1998. Brewers - The Brewers went 16-12 in August, their first winning month since May 2001. … CF Podsednik, who batted .364 with three home runs and 16 RBIs last month, was named National League Pepsi Rookie of the Month for August. … LF Pete Zoccolillo made his first career start in right field Saturday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Cubs - 38-32 on the road; Brewers - 29-42 at home.
INJURIES: Cubs - RHP Scott Chiasson (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Will Ohman (elbow), 60-day DL; CF Corey Patterson (knee), 60-day DL. Brewers - LF Geoff Jenkins (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL.