Game One Hundred Seven: Cubs (57-49) vs. Phillies (56-51)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. WGN, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Marshall (5-4, 3.10/1.25) vs. Kyle Lohse (6-12, 4.58/1.34)
Lou Piniella’s first place crew will try to win the series today in their last match-up of the season against the Phillies. The Phils and Cubs have split their first 6 games of the year and if the Cubs could come out on top today, they will not only win this series but the season series and that could have a big impact in the standings as the season draws to a close. Piniella got just enough on Wednesday night from his offense and they must not allow Kyle Lohse to settle in today and get into a rhythm or it could be a long afternoon on the North Side, but as usual, it all starts with Sean Marshall. Sean Marshall has been a big lift to Lou Piniella this season and once again his skipper needs a quality start out of his young southpaw. The bullpen has been taxed the last two days and could use a breather….today is the 10th game of 20 straight without a day off. Marshall had a tremendous outing last Saturday in Cincinnati and ended the Cubs 2-game losing streak. Marshall allowed just 1 run on 6 hits in 6+ innings of work.
Marshall had a very good July. He finished the month with a 1-1 record in 4 starts with a 2.31 ERA and allowed 6 runs on 21 hits in 23 1/3 innings. Marshall has not pitched as well at Wrigley than he has on the road this season. Marshall is 2-3 in 6 starts with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP at the Friendly Confines.
Today will be Marshall’s second career start against the Phillies. Marshall faced the Phils last September 18th in Philadelphia and was shelled. He gave up 6 runs on 5 hits in 3 1/3 innings but received a no decision.
The Phillies acquired Kyle Lohse from the Reds on Monday for lefty Matt Maloney. Lohse has never pitched to his potential. He was drafted by the Cubs in the 29th round of the 1996 draft and was traded to the Twins in May of 1999 with Jay Ryan for Scott Downs and Rick Aguilera. Lohse was released last year by the Twins and picked up by the Reds. His first start of the season for the Reds came against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park. He received a no decision but held the Cubs to 2 runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Lohse’s first win of the year came against the Cubs at Wrigley on April 15th. Lohse dominated Lou Piniella’s crew with by far his best outing of the year. He threw 8 shutout innings, allowed just 4 hits and struck out 12….4 more than his next highest season total.
His last start with the Reds was a win against the Brewers in Cincinnati on July 25th. Lohse held the high-powered Brewers’ offense to 2 runs, 1 earned, on 5 hits in 5 2/3 inning of work. Lohse is 2-2 in his last 4 starts with a 3.81 ERA. On the road this season Lohse is 2-9 in 12 starts with a 6.42 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
Lohse is 1-1 in 3 career starts against the Cubs with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
- Mark DeRosa – 6-11, with a home run and a RBI
- Cliff Floyd – 3-8, with 2 doubles, a home run and 2 RBI’s
- Jason Kendall – 2-7
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-5, with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI’s
- Alfonso Soriano – 11-27, with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s
- Ryan Theriot – 4-6
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