Chicago Cubs defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 8-1

Now that Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha has split his left-handed starters in the rotation, he can change his focus to how to match up his catchers.

Macha has said during the last couple weeks that he'd like to figure out a schedule so starter Gregg Zaun will catch three out of every five games, with George Kottaras taking the other two. The thought was also that Kottaras could be paired with one or both left-handers, Randy Wolf and Doug Davis.

Kottaras caught W...

Hoping he might improve on his first start of the season, this is not what the Milwaukee Brewers were looking for.

Not at all.

In his second start of the season and second against the Chicago Cubs, right-hander Jeff Suppan worsened his line and, unlike in his first start, the offense wasn't able to mask his inefficiencies.

The Cubs pounded him for 10 hits - the Cubs managed three against four relievers once Suppan exited - and sent him off the field to a round of ...

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Dempster was on top of his game, again, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He beat Milwaukee for the fourth consecutive time and Kosuke Fukudome and Tyler Colvin homered to help the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

"When Dempster is throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters, he's got the pitches to get good hitting teams out, believe me," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "He's had success against them."

Dempster (2-0)...

MILWAUKEE -- Rudy Jaramillo saw it coming four hours before the Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers took the field Friday night.

''It's going to break open,'' the Cubs' hitting coach said.

Yeah, right. Five losses in their last six games with only six earned runs combined in the losses. The only thing breaking open around here is the dugout plumbing when somebody gets mad enough to make contact.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Milwaukee meat grinder: Cubs hitt...