Game Nine: Cubs (3-5) vs. Reds (5-4)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. Comcast Sports Net, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Carlos Zambrano (1-1, 6.00/1.50) vs. Aaron Harang (2-0, 3.55/1.34)
Opening Day….Revisited and Happy Friday the 13th. The Cubs will take the field today after a two-day sabbatical….the weatherman is calling for sun and 50 degrees. The Cubs will get another crack at Aaron Harang who made Opening Day, thirteen days ago, very difficult on the Cubs and the Faithful. The Cubs have struggled to put together back-to-back hits and it will not get any easier today. While the Cubs need Alfonso Soriano’s bat to come alive today, they also need Carlos Zambrano to keep his cool and throw strikes.
The first place Cincinnati Reds just finished a 3-game series in the desert losing 2 of 3 against the Diamondbacks. In the process, the “feel-good story” of the spring, Josh Hamilton, hit home runs in the last 2 games of the series. Carlos Zambrano will have his hands full against an offense he gave a back handed compliment to last week.
After an impressive Opening Day against the Cubs (7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, not earned, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts) he struggled against the Pirates but picked up the win. In 5 2/3 innings, Harang allowed 5 runs, all earned on 8 hits. The Cubs cannot allow Harang to get comfortable on the mound or it will be another long afternoon for the struggling offense.
Ken Griffey Jr. needs just one home run to tie Reggie Jackson for 10th on the All-Time Home Run list with 564.
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