Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (14-11) vs. Giants (12-12)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Marshall (0-1, 3.32/1.32) vs. Tim Lincecum (2-1, 3.16/1.28)
After winning four of the first five on the current homestand, the Cubs receive a tall task today…figuring out how to beat the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum. And it appears they will have to beat ‘The Freak‘ with a B-Team lineup behind Sean Marshall.
Following Monday night’s win, Lou Piniella said several of his regulars would receive the day off. Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol will not be available and Koyie Hill will start behind the plate. Geovany Soto caught all nine innings Monday night and Hill was Sean Marshall’s battery mate in his last start. Piniella said they were not conceding anything to Tim Lincecum and the Giants but they are in the middle of a 20-game stretch (today is game 15) and they open a five-game road trip on Wednesday night in Houston.
Ryan Theriot could also receive the day off which might open the door for Bobby Scales to make his Major League debut.
Winning teams receive contributions from their entire roster…and today will be a chance for several players to step up.
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The Cubs’ second lefty has allowed only seven earned runs this season in three starts (18 innings) with five walks and 15 strikeouts. Lou Piniella needs another similar performance today…
Sean Marshall has two no decisions in his two starts at Wrigley this season with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP…in his career against the Giants, 1-2 in four games, three starts, with a 7.79 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.
Marshall picked up a win in relief against the Giants last season at Wrigley. Marshall pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and turned a bad day for the bullpen into a Cubs’ win on the day Rich Harden made his Cubs’ debut.
- Rich Aurilia – 0-for-3
- Bengie Molina – 1-for-4
- Edgar Renteria – 2-for-8 with a walk
- Aaron Rowand – 0-for-3
- Randy Winn – 3-for-7 with 2 walks
After a rough start to the season, Tim Lincecum has been lights out in his last three starts. Lincecum gave up three runs on four hits in three innings in his first start against the Brewers, then surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings to the Padres…after that, well not much.
Lincecum is coming off a win against the dangerous Dodgers and he surrendered just three runs on six hits in seven innings…the Giants won, 7-4.
The most impressive stat the last three starts for Lincecum…33 strikeouts and four walks in 23 innings.
Today will be Lincecum’s fifth career start against the Cubs. He is 2-1 in his first four with a 2.54 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP…the Freak has struck out 32 Cubs in 28 1/3 innings while walking only eight. Last season Lincecum beat the Cubs and Ryan Dempster in the last game before the All-Star break at Wrigley…and for the 2008 season, 2-0 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP (four runs on 13 hits in 14 innings with two walks and 17 strikeouts).
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-7 with 5 strikeouts
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-4 with 2 strikeouts
- Joey Gathright – 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-2 with a home run
- Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double and 2 strikeouts
- Derrek Lee – 5-for-13 with a double, a walk and 3 strikeouts
- Aaron Miles – 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-13 with 4 strikeouts
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-3 with a strikeout
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-3 with 3 strikeouts
- Ryan Theriot – 3-for-14 with a double
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