Game Seventy: Cubs (27-42) vs. Indians (31-38)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 176
Location – Jacobs Field, Cleveland
Greg Maddux (7-6, 4.82) vs. Cliff Lee (5-5, 5.04)
Can the Cubs win two in a row? Greg Maddux takes the mound tonight in Cleveland against left-hander Cliff Lee. Lee is coming off of a 18-5 season and has won 32 games over the past two seasons. Maddux has been very inconsistent over the last two months as well as a victim of bad defense and extra opportunities. Maddux pitched into the 7th inning his last time out against the Astros; he gave up 5 runs on 11 hits but three of the runs came in the 2nd inning and the Cubs comeback came up just short against Roy Oswalt.
Cliff Lee had a horrible May (1-4, 7.79) after a good April (2-1, 2.97) but is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in his last 3 starts. Lee throws strikes and will be around the plate and with the way the Cubs have struggled this season against south paws (7-15) it could be a long evening for the offense. Pierre is the key tonight for the Cubs, if he can continue to get on base the Cubs could score just enough to beat a left-hander for just the 8th time this season. They will need another big night from Henry Blanco and Phil Nevin.
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