Chicago (64-55) at Milwaukee (55-63)

Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI
Temp: 62° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 19, 2004
  • TV: FSCH
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Greg Maddux has already reached his milestone. Now his primary concern is to improve the Chicago Cubs’ chances of reaching the postseason.

Maddux will try for his 301st career victory when the visiting Cubs conclude their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.

With his win over San Francisco on Aug. 7, Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 wins. He then went out and lost for the first time in more than a month in his next outing.

The 38-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings in an 8-1 defeat to Los Angeles on Friday. He had been 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his previous five starts.

“We’re trying to win, we’re not trying to get the starting pitchers wins,” Maddux said. “We’re trying to win together as a team.”

The Cubs will be trying for their second straight win after dropping four of their previous five.

Corey Patterson hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday to lead the Cubs to a 7-5 win over the Brewers. Chicago is one game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

Nomar Garciaparra hit three doubles and Derrek Lee also homered and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who held a team meeting before the game.

“Whenever I call a team meeting, I do most of the talking,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “We talked about winning, winning is the most important thing. Just because you have a meeting, doesn’t mean you’re going to win. It just means you’ve got to get some things off your chest.”

The Brewers, who have lost three of four, will hope for another strong start from Chris Capuano. The rookie left-hander missed his scheduled start Saturday because of a sore left forearm.

Capuano, who has won three of his past four decisions, allowed five hits and one walk over six innings in a 2-0 win over Florida on Aug. 8.

“Give credit to Capuano,” Milwaukee second baseman Bill Hall said. “He was great. We just gave him enough runs to get by.”

Capuano, who will celebrate his 26th birthday Thursday, did not surrender a run for the first time in 15 starts this season.

“When the team is struggling, it’s always great to give it a little bit of a boost,” Capuano said.

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G. Maddux LAD vs. C. Capuano NYY
16-11 Record 6-8
4.02 ERA 4.99
151 K 80
33 BB 37
1.18 WHIP 1.45