(Sports Network) - The Cubs will try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at Bank One Ballpark. Taking the ball will be veteran righthander Greg Maddux.
Maddux is coming off his first win since re-signing with the Cubs in the offseason, as he held the New York Mets to just seven hits and a run over seven frames. The 38-year-old struck out eight and walked one en route to his 290th career win, and his first as a Cub since Sept. 20, 1992.
Maddux has struggled mightily against the Diamondbacks in his career, going 1-6 with a 4.31 ERA. Last season, Maddux was 0-1 in a pair of starts versus Arizona.
The Diamondbacks' last sweep of the Cubs came from Aug. 17-19, 2001 at the BOB.
The Diamondbacks tallied a 10-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday evening. Rookie Sergio Mitre (1-1) took the loss for the Cubs, yielding five runs on six hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings. He fanned five.
Todd Hollandsworth hit a solo homer to account for the Cubs' only run in the contest. Hollandsworth also walked twice in the defeat. Chicago mustered just five hits in the game.
The Cubs came to Arizona on a six-game winning streak, but has been outscored 19-1 in the first two contests of this series. During their winning streak, the Cubs outscored their foes, 39-5.
Cubs infielder Derrek Lee was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his foot Monday. Lee is questionable for tonight's game.
The Cubs are now 10-5 in their last 15 games. The Cubs are 5-5 away from Wrigley Field in 2004.
Chicago won four of six meetings between these teams last season, including two of three at Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks own a slight 8-6 edge in this series since the start of the 2002 campaign.