Game One Hundred Fifty-One: Cubs (61-89) vs. Phillies (77-72)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. Comcast Sports Net, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 184, 190
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Sean Marshall (5-9, 5.34) vs. Jon Lieber (8-9, 4.87)
The Cubs start their last road trip of the season tonight against Ryan Howard and the Phillies. The road trip will continue on Friday in Cincinnati with a 4-game set that will conclude next Monday, the Cubs will also get their first day off in 20 days, in between cities, on Thursday. Sean Marshall will have his hands full against a Phillies team that is just a game back of the Dodgers in the Wild Card race….and a team that features one of the most exciting young players in the game, Ryan Howard. Howard hit his 57th home run of the season on Sunday in Houston and is just 4 short of tying Roger Maris’ record of 61.
Sean Marshall will face former Cub Jon Lieber who has already beaten the Cubs this season. Lieber held the Cubs to just 3 runs on 11 hits back on August 21st and struck out 6. Lieber has pitched very well down the stretch for the Phillies and is one of the reasons they are in the playoff hunt. Lieber has not lost a game since August 5th against the Mets and is 4-1 in his last 8 starts with a 2.83 ERA but the most impressive stat is that he has not walked a single batter in his last 20 2/3 innings and has only walked 4 in his last 57 1/3 while striking out 36.
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