Chicago (74-78) at Milwaukee (75-76)

  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 22, 2005
  • TV: CSN
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With their postseason hopes dashed, the Chicago Cubs are making sure Greg Maddux gets a chance to extend one of the majors’ most impressive records.

Hoping to extend his streak of 17 straight seasons with at least 15 wins, Maddux takes the ball for the finale of a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

At 12-13, Maddux is still a long shot to make it 18 years in a row with at least 15 victories, but manager Dusty Baker shuffled his rotation to make sure the future Hall of Famer would at least have a chance.

Maddux will get three more starts as he tries to continue a streak he began in 1988 during his original stint with the Cubs. The 39-year-old right-hander is also trying to avert his first losing season since 1987, when he finished 6-14.

“I don’t care if we’re out of it or not, if I’ve got a chance to pitch, I want to,” Maddux said, adding that the 15-victory plateau is not that big a deal.

“It’s always been about trying to find out how good you are. Every fifth day, you try to find out, ‘How good can I be today?’ If I get to do that an extra time this year, I’m more than happy to do it.”

The Brewers will be shooting for a sweep after taking the first two games from Chicago, including Wednesday’s 7-6 victory.

Jeff Cirillo, who had three hits in his previous 19 pinch-hit at bats, singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Milwaukee won its second straight to start a 10-game homestand.

The Brewers also climbed within one game of .500 as they try to complete their first winning season since 1992.

“We fought back and found out a way to pull it out in the end,” Milwaukee’s Bill Hall said. “A win is a win, especially right now this late in the season with the goal we’re trying to get to.”

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G. Maddux LAD vs. R. Helling MIL
13-15 Record 3-1
4.24 ERA 2.39
136 K 42
36 BB 18
1.22 WHIP 1.16