Game One Hundred Fifty-Three: Cubs (79-73) vs. Giants (82-71)
Game Time – 9:15pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.91/1.43) vs. Tim Lincecum (14-6, 2.47/1.06)
Lou Piniella’s crew will face one of the best in the game tonight in Tim Lincecum. The last time the Cubs faced Lincecum, Piniella ran up the white flag before the game’s first pitch. The Cubs’ skipper started his B-Team on a Thursday afternoon at Wrigley back on May 5. Piniella shouldn’t make the same mistake again tonight.
Derrek Lee’s status for tonight is uncertain. Lee aggravated his sore neck stealing second base in the ninth inning on Thursday. Micah Hoffpauir replaced Lee in the field in the bottom of the inning.
Tonight it all starts with Carlos Zambrano and just winning a ballgame. Carlos Zambrano is coming off one of his better starts of the second half. Zambrano did not pick up the win but was inline for the victory last Sunday against the Cardinals. Zambrano left the game with his team up 3-2 but Kevin Gregg blew another lead and Zambrano received another no decision. The Cardinals scored only two runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts.
After dealing with a lot of scrutiny in the media, and within the Faithful, Zambrano threw the ball very well against a team he has struggled mightily against over the past two seasons.
Carlos Zambrano is 6-2 in 14 road starts this season with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. In his last four starts, 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Big Z will make his first start of the year versus San Francisco. He is 4-1 in eight career games, seven starts, with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP … at AT & T, 2-1 in three starts with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
- Rich Aurilia – 4-for-16 with 2 walks
- Fred Lewis – 1-for-2
- Edgar Renteria – 12-for-31 with a home run and 7 walks
- Aaron Rowand – 0-for-7
- Freddy Sanchez – 8-for-34 with a double and 2 walks
- Juan Uribe – 3-for-21 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Randy Winn – 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, a home run and 2 walks
The Cubs will get their second look of the year at ‘The Freak‘. Tim Lincecum is arguably the best pitcher in the National League (no lower than the fifth best) and could win his second straight NL Cy Young Award this year.
Tim Lincecum is coming off a rare, short outing and a loss. Lincecum lasted just four innings against the Dodgers and gave up five runs on four hits in four innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
Lincecum has recorded 247 strikeouts and walked only 63 in 211 1/3 innings.
If Lincecum is capable of struggling, he has over his last three starts. Lincecum is 1-3 in his last three starts with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Lou Piniella ran out a B-Team lineup when Lincecum faced the Cubs at Wrigley back on May 5. Lincecum beat Sean Marshall, who was still in the rotation at the beginning of the second month of the season, but the Cubs were in the game until the eighth inning and Jeff Samardzija happened.
Tonight will be Tim Lincecum’s sixth career start against the Cubs. He is 3-1 in the first five with a 2.55 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-10
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-7
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk
- Micah Hoffpauir – 0-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 1-for-5 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 6-for-16 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Aaron Miles – 0-for-7 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-13
- Bobby Scales – 1-for-3
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-3
- Ryan Theriot – 3-for-14 with a double
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