Game One Hundred Fifty-Four: Cubs (80-73) vs. Giants (82-72)
Game Time – 3:10pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Tom Gorzelanny (6-2, 5.08/1.18) vs. Barry Zito (10-12, 3.99/1.34)
Twenty years ago today (September 26, 1989), The Boys of Zimmer won the National League Eastern Division Crown by defeating the Montreal Expos. Greg Maddux picked up the win with Mitch Williams (The Wild Thing) notching the save. Dwight Smith drove in Ryne Sandberg for the game winner in the 3-2 Cubs victory.
The Chicago Cubs will play their penultimate road game of the season this afternoon … just one more left after today before the Cubs head home for their final seven games of the season.
Derrek Lee could be back in the starting lineup this afternoon. Lee missed Friday night due to a sore neck. Lee was expected to receive treatment during the game. Lou Piniella indicated in his pre-game show Lee should be back against the southpaw Barry Zito.
Lou Piniella said Aramis Ramirez would return to the lineup this afternoon. With the cool temperatures Friday night, the Cubs scratched Ramirez after he was in the original lineup. The Cubs cited a sore shoulder as the reason for Jeff Baker taking over at the hot corner.
The Cubs will miss their ‘old pal‘ this series. Edgar Renteria was shutdown for the season on Friday. Renteria will have surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow.
Tom Gorzelanny will step in for Ted Lilly once again this afternoon. Lilly is expected to start one of the two games of the doubleheader on Tuesday against the Pirates … in what should be his last appearance of the year.
Today it all starts with Tom Gorzelanny and just winning a ballgame. Tom Gorzelanny is coming off a good outing against the Brewers. Gorzelanny held the Brewers’ high-powered offense to just two runs on six hits in five innings after the Cubs’ offense gave him a substantial early lead. Gorzelanny threw strikes, tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and issued only one free pass. Gorzelanny figures to be in the Cubs’ plans next season as the fourth or fifth starter in the rotation, depending on what they do with Rich Harden, so it is important that Gorzelanny finishes the season on a positive note.
Gorzelanny is 2-0 in two career starts against the Giants with a complete game shutout. Gorzelanny has allowed just two runs on 11 hits in 16 career innings (1.13 ERA) with two walks and nine strikeouts (1.15 WHIP).
- Bengie Molina – 0-for-4
- Aaron Rowand – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Randy Winn – 1-for-8
- Barry Zito – 0-for-2
The Cubs will face Barry Zito for the first time this season. Zito, and his huge contract, had a rough first couple of years in San Francisco but he has pitched a lot better this season … especially since the break.
After posting a 5-9 record in 18 starts before the break with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, Barry Zito is 5-3 in his last 13 starts with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Zito is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP and is coming off one of his worst starts of the second half
The Diamondbacks beat up on Barry Zito to the tune of four runs, three earned, on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Zito walked three and struck out four. The Cubs must make him work this afternoon and not help him out … Zito has walked 11 and struck out 20 in his last 20 1/3 innings.
Barry Zito is 1-2 in four career starts versus the Cubs with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
- Andres Blanco – 4-for-6 with a double
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-2
- Jake Fox – 0-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3
- Tom Gorzelanny – 0-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 4-for-13 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 5-for-10 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
- Aaron Miles – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-8 with a double
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-3 with a double
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-9 with a double and a walk
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