Milwaukee slugger Braun nears return from DL for calf strain

The Brewers, as you may know, send 10 year minor leaguer Paolo Espino out for his major league debut.

Coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati, the Cubs took a 3-2 lead to the fifth.

Jett Bandy drove home a couple of runs while going 2-3 at the plate. “That’s normally the shortstop’s ball, but under the circumstances it was up for grabs, basically”. Looking at Butler’s career stats away from Coors Field, we have a pitcher who has worked 96 innings, to an xFIP of 4.93.

After making seven starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs thus far into the 2017 regular season, Espino will be starting in place of fellow right-hander Wily Peralta, who has moved to the Brewers’ bullpen. The Chicago Cubs give the ball to Eddie Butler for his second start of the season.

Butler was stellar in his Cubs debut Friday at St. Louis, limiting the Cardinals to two hits over six scoreless innings. Schwarber called off Javier Baez but was unable to make the play and then compounded the mistake by throwing an errant throw to second base. “I saw that he got interviewed, so I bet he was excited I was”.

Although a 30-year-old hurler, Espino has never seen any big league action in a regulation game. Broxton got robbed again in the third when Kyle Schwarber dived to his right to catch a line drive.

Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun could return as early as Sunday from a left calf strain. The over is 11-1 in Chicago last 12 home games and the under is 9-3-1 in Chicago last 13 Friday games while the over is 20-7 in Chicago last 27 overall. 1B Eric Thames, back in the lineup for the first time since Sunday, had a single, two walks and two runs.