Game Ten: Cubs (6-3) vs. Phillies (4-6)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 174, 183
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 1.32/0.80) vs. Brett Myers (0-1, 6.30/1.80)
Lou Piniella’s crew started out the current 6-game road trip on a positive note, they swept the Pirates….and now it’s time for the other team from Pennsylvania. Carlos Zambrano will get the task of opening the series tonight against one of the best offensive teams in the National League.
Jason Marquis was originally scheduled to start the first game of the series but he has the flu and has been pushed back to at least Sunday. Carlos Zambrano will pitch on normal rest tonight in search of his second win of the season. Carlos Zambrano is 3-2 lifetime versus the Phillies in 6 starts with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Big Z did not face the Phillies explosive offense last year and is 1-1 in 2 career starts at Citizens Bank Park with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Tonight will be the Cubs first look at former Brewer, Geoff Jenkins in a Phillies’ uniform.
- Ryan Howard – 2-for-10
- Geoff Jenkins – 13-for-47 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 3 walks
- Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-17 with a double
- Chase Utley – 2-for-10 with a double
The Phillies’ former closer returned to the starting rotation during the off-season when the Phillies acquired Brad Lidge from the Astros. Brett Myers received a no decision against the Washington Nationals on March 31st and the Phillies lost the game 11-6. Myers picked up the loss his last time out on Sunday. The Reds beat the Phillies 8-2 at Great American and Myers allowed 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Myers is 5-3 with a save in 11 career appearances, 7 starts, versus the Cubs with 2 complete games….a 2.53 ERA and an amazing 0.96 WHIP.
- Mark DeRosa – 3-for-7
- Derrek Lee – 10-for-22 with 4 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 3 walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 6-for-21 with 2 doubles and a home run
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-16 with 2 home runs
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