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CIN@MIL: Lohse hurls a complete game, gives up a run

The Brewers will look to complete a four-game sweep of the Cubs on Thursday at Miller Park.

Chicago and Milwaukee are the only teams in the National League Central that are below .500, and each franchise is using the final weeks of the regular season for evaluation.

Brewers brass met Wednesday to discuss the state of the franchise. Milwaukee's biggest issue this season has been injuries. First baseman Corey Hart, second baseman Rickie Weeks, third baseman Taylor Green and first baseman Mat Gamel each had season-ending surgery.

Hart and Ryan Braun, who accepted a season-ending suspension from MLB on July 22, dropped by the ballpark Wednesday to meet with their teammates. It reminded manager Ron Roenicke what his team had been missing this season.

"Not only are they really great players, but I really like them," Roenicke said. "They bring a lot to our team. They bring that atmosphere that when you go out there you know you have these two big horses to help. We miss those guys, both [on and off the field]."

Still, the Brewers have benefited from adding Kyle Lohse in the offseason. Lohse, who will start Thursday, is 10-9 with a 3.46 ERA in his first year with Milwaukee. The right-hander tossed a complete game his last time out, retiring 24 of the final 25 batters he faced. Lohse is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts against the Cubs this year.

While the Brewers have won four straight games, the Cubs have lost five in a row and remain at the bottom of the Central.

Jake Arrieta will try to end Chicago's losing skid when he takes the mound Thursday. Arrieta is 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts with the Cubs since being acquired in a trade with the Orioles in July.

Chicago brass is evaluating manager Dale Sveum and his players. The Cubs lost 101 games in Sveum's first season as manager, and have 89 losses this season with 10 games remaining.

Cubs: Schierholtz posting career numbers
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz is playing more this year than any season in his career, and he has set career highs with 431 at-bats, 109 hits, 30 doubles, 20 home runs and 65 RBIs.

"It's really the first time I've played consistently, especially against righties," Schierholtz said. "For me, they should be career highs, and they should be the best I've done. I feel like I can do a lot better than I've done so far, especially the last couple months. Hopefully, moving on, I can stay healthy for a whole year."

• Chicago is 9-for-57 (.158) with runners in scoring position during their road trip. The Cubs' .218 average with runners in scoring position this season is the lowest in the Majors.

Brewers: Segura considered day to day
Shortstop Jean Segura was removed from Wednesday's game after scoring a run in the first inning, the result of a strained right hamstring. The Brewers said the All-Star was day to day.

Segura, 23, limped to the dugout after scoring from second on a single by Aramis Ramirez. He was replaced in the field by Jeff Bianchi.

In 145 games this season, Segura is hitting .296 with 12 home runs and 74 runs scored.

Worth noting
• The Cubs are 40-43 against teams outside their division this year but are 23-46 (.333) against the NL Central, which is the lowest winning percentage by any team against its own division in the Majors. Comments