Game Forty: Cubs (21-18) vs. Padres (19-22)
Game Time – 9:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Carlos Zambrano (3-1, 4.50/1.42) vs. Jake Peavy (3-5, 3.82/1.11)
Updated 7:00pm C.T. – Rich Harden Placed on the 15-Day DL – Carlos Zambrano Activated
While the rest of baseball begins Interleague play over the Holiday weekend, the Cubs will try to figure out how to string together a few hits, score at least four runs per game…and most importantly put an end to their four-game losing streak.
The last three games have been some of the worst under Lou Piniella’s watch and it is time for him to shake things up and try to spark a below league average offense.
The Cubs will get back Carlos Zambrano tonight, which could spark the team both offensively and defensively…it just depends which Big Z shows up. The Cubs need him to be the ace he’s paid to be and end the losing streak.
Zambrano will make his first start tonight since May 3. Zambrano left the game in the fifth inning against the Marlins after he strained his left hamstring beating out a bunt. Zambrano was placed on the DL the next day and is expected to be on an 85-90 pitch limit tonight…Piniella is hoping to get six innings out of him.
The Cubs struggling offense will not get a break tonight. A day after vetoing a trade to the South Side, Jake Peavy will look continue his recent dominance on the mound. Peavy is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP…and is coming off his first complete game of the year.
The Padres completed a trade on Thursday. They sent Jody Gerut to Milwaukee for Tony Gwynn, Jr. The Padres are a different at PETCO, they are 14-9 at home and the Cubs must not let Adrian Gonzalez beat them. Carlos Zambrano put together two solid starts before leaving in the fifth inning with a strained left hamstring on May 3. Zambrano beat the Diamondbacks in his start before and had a field day at the plate. It was his bat and hustle that cost him time on the DL for the last 19 days.
The Cubs need Zambrano to step up tonight and give them a boost…but most importantly a win. The Cubs are 5-1 in Zambrano’s six starts.
Zambrano is 6-1 in nine career starts against the Padres with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP…at PETCO, 2-0 in three start with a 1.42 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
- Chris Burke – 1-for-8 with a walk
- David Eckstein – 3-for-19
- Brian Giles – 2-for-16 with 2 double and 3 walks
- Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-7 with 3 walks
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-3
- Kevin Kouzmanoff – 1-for-6 with a triple
The Cubs will face Jake Peavy for the second time in 10 days. Back when the Cubs were hitting and scoring runs they beat Peavy at Wrigley…thanks to a huge home run by Milton Bradley. The Cubs beat Peavy and the Padres 6-2. Peavy allowed three runs on six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Peavy is coming off his first complete game of the season. He held the Reds to just one run on four hits in nine complete…with eight strikeouts and no walks. As discussed over and over and over during the off-season Peavy is a much better pitcher at PETCO, than on the road.
Peavy is 2-3 in five starts at home this season with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP (1-2 in four road starts with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP).
- Milton Bradley – 2-for-15 with a home run and a walk
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Freel – 3-for-16
- Kosuke Fukudome – 4-for-5 with 3 doubles
- Derrek Lee – 2-for-16 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Aaron Miles – 4-for-17 with 2 doubles, a triple and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-13 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 with a walk
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-8 with a walk
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