Game Seventy-Seven: Cubs (48-28) vs. Orioles (38-36)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Marshall (0-0, 4.15/1.73) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-7, 3.51/1.21)
Updated – 4:49pm C.T. – Reed Johnson to the 15-Day DL – Sean Marshall Recalled
Updated – 6:52pm C.T. – Daryle Ward Activated – Micah Hoffpauir Optioned
Lou Piniella’s crew will try to keep the streak going tonight behind the first start of the season by Sean Marshall. The surprising Baltimore Orioles open their first ever 3-game series at Wrigley Field after losing two of three to the Brewers at Miller Park over the weekend. Seventy-seven games into the season, Brian Roberts will make his first appearance at the Friendly Confines after countless rumors this past winter insisted the All-Star second baseman would be traded to the Cubs….for several of the organizations top prospects, one rumor had Sean Marshall included a possible deal.
A large part of the Cubs’ past will also make his first appearance at his old stomping grounds after stepping down on October 1, 2006. Andy MacPhail will reportedly address the Chicago media before tonight’s game. Then there is Kevin Millar and Ryan Dempster. The former Marlins took jabs at one another through the media at the beginning of Spring Training after Dempster’s prediction for the outcome of the Cubs’ season. Both players will likely continue to banter back and forth throughout the series about one topic or another….but probably not the one that was discussed before the season began.
As Carlos Zambrano rehabs his very important right shoulder, it will be up to Sean Marshall to step up in his place and put his team in position to win the game…. Sean Marshall will make his first appearance with the big league club since May 7th in the lopsided loss to the Reds in Cincinnati. Marshall was sent down to Iowa to get stretched out, spent a little time on the DL and came back very strong. Marshall will make his first start of the year with the Cubs. The last time Marshall took the hill at the beginning of the game for Lou Piniella was August 31, 2007 in Houston. The Cubs lost that game but he had a very good outing his start before in Arizona. The Cubs won the game 6-2 and Marshall gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Marshall was 7-8 in 21 games, 19 starts, last season with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The southpaw struck out 67 and walked 35 in 103 1/3 innings.
Marshall was 1-1 in 7 starts in Triple-A with a 3.41 ERA….25 strikeouts and 6 walks in 31 2/3 innings.
Tonight will be Marshall’s first career appearance against the Orioles.
Jeremy Guthrie has been very effective for the Orioles this season, despite his record and is coming off his best start of the year. Guthrie threw an 8-inning gem against the Astros in Baltimore on June 18th and allowed only 1 run on 3 hits with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk.
The Oriole right-hander was 2-3 in 6 starts in May with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP….in his last 4 starts, 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Guthrie is 2-4 in 8 starts away from Camden Yards with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.
Guthrie has faced the Cubs one time in his career….on June 19, 2006 as a member of the Indians in Cleveland, Guthrie gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings of work.
- Henry Blanco – 2-for-2
- Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-1 with a double
- Mark DeRosa – 1-for-1
- Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-2
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Update – According to a report from the Sun-Times, Reed Johnson has been placed on the 15-day DL to make room for Sean Marshall on the 25-man roster.
Update - According to a report on Cubs.com, Daryle Ward was activated from the 15-day DL and Micah Hoffpauir was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Ward.