Game One Hundred Thirty-Nine: Cubs (71-67) vs. Dodgers (73-66)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Marquis (11-8, 4.20/1.33) vs. Derek Lowe (11-12, 3.78/1.25)
The Cubs will try to earn a split in the series today and finish their 10-game homestand on a positive note with a 6-4 record. Today is the last time the Cubs will face the Dodgers in the regular season and if both pitchers are on their game the infielders on both teams will see a lot of action.
In the latest news section, Derrek Lee was named the Cubs’ nominee on Wednesday for the Roberto Clemente Award. The Cubs also announced Sean Marshall will pitch out of the bullpen for the next several games but will start one of the games of the Day-Night double header on Saturday, August 15th in St. Louis. Ted Lilly will start the other as well as the make-up against the Cardinals at Wrigley on Monday.
It is high unlikely Geovany Soto will start today’s game, especially with Jason Kendall’s career numbers against Derek Lowe, but it will be interesting to see how Lou Piniella handles his young catcher after his fine performance on Wednesday. While the offense must do their job, it all starts with Jason Marquis. Jason Marquis’ up and down season continues today. Marquis has been more than most expected when the Cubs signed him in the off-season but other than a very good 5-game stretch at the beginning of the season, he has been very inconsistent to say the least. After posting back-to-back wins against the Rockies (8/10) and Reds (8/16) and a no decision against the Giants (8/21) in which he gave up a total of 5 earned runs, he lost to the Diamondbacks on August 26th and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Marquis then beat the Astros his last time out. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Marquis has given up 3 home runs in his last 12 innings and must keep the ball down today against the Dodgers. Marquis will make his first start as a Cub today against the Dodgers, he is 2-1 in 7 career games, 6 starts, against L.A. with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
- Rafael Furcal – 7-13, with a double, a home run and 3 RBI’s
- Luis Gonzalez – 5-19, with a double, a home run and 2 RBI’s
- Jeff Kent – 8-19, with 3 doubles and 3 RBI’s
- Mike Lieberthal – 7-18, with 2 doubles, a home run, 3 RBI’s and 5 walks
- Juan Pierre – 7-26, with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 RBI’s and 3 walks
The last time the Cubs faced Derek Lowe he was on top of his game. Lowe was in the middle of a stretch of game back in May in which he allowed no more than 4 runs in 14 straight starts and allowed more than 2 runs only 5 times. Lowe has come back down to earth….a little bit. Lowe was 3-2 in 5 starts in August with a 4.06 ERA, but won his last 3 starts. He dropped his last start to the Padres in San Diego and gave up 7 runs, 6 earned, on 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings….the most runs he has allowed since July 19th against the Mets. Lowe does an excellent job of keeping the ball down, in 28 starts this season Lowe has recorded more fly outs than groundouts only twice.
Lowe is 3-1 in his last 4 starts with a 6.75 ERA (13 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings).
Lowe received a no-decision against the Cubs back on May 25th at Dodger Stadium. He gave up 1 run on 4 hits in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. For his career against the Cubs, Lowe is 1-1 in 5 starts with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
- Jacque Jones – 8-27, with 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI’s
- Jason Kendall – 3-7, with a double
- Derrek Lee – 9-20, with a double, a home run and 5 RBI’s
- Matt Murton – 3-7, with a double and 2 RBI’s
- Alfonso Soriano – 10-43, with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI’s
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