Game Forty-One: Cubs (18-22) vs. Phillies (24-14)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Tom Gorzelanny (1-4, 3.60/1.38) vs. Jamie Moyer (5-2, 4.57/1.10)
Updated 6:04pm CDT – According to a report from Dave Kaplan, the Cubs have signed Bobby Howry. Howry is expected to join the team in Texas.
Will update …
Updated 3:47pm CDT – Jeff Stevens Recalled from Triple-A – Esmailin Caridad Placed on 15-day DL with right elbow strain
Can the Chicago Cubs win four games in a row? Lou Piniella’s crew begins a five-game road trip tonight with the first of two in Philadelphia. The next five games will be a good test for a Cubs’ team that put together solid back-to-back wins against the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs are just 7-12 on the road this season.
Over the last 25 years the Cubs have struggled against the Phillies, both at Wrigley and especially in Philadelphia. While the Cubs will not face Roy Halladay or Cole Hamels over the next two days, they still have to deal with an offense that can seemingly score at will.
Tonight it all starts with Tom Gorzelanny … and just winning a ballgame. Tom Gorzelanny is coming off his worst start of the season (five runs on nine hits with four walks and seven strikeouts) … and if he pitches tonight the way he did against the Pirates, the game will be over in the first couple of innings. Gorzelanny struggled with his command, pitched from behind in the count most of the afternoon and lasted just five innings. Gorzelanny received a no-decision after leaving after five innings. His outing against the Pirates was his shortest of the year, outside of the three-inning start versus the Astros that he left with an injury.
With Carlos Zambrano being stretched out to return to the pen, Gorzelanny figures to be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation. Unless Jim Hendry is working on a trade, Carlos Silva or Gorzelanny should go to the pen once Big Z is back in the rotation.
Gorzelanny is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. The Cubs’ other southpaw in the rotation held teams to a .200 batting average in his first four starts … in the last three teams are hitting a robust .320.
Tonight will be Tom Gorzelanny’s second career start against the Phillies. He was hit pretty hard on August 17, 2007. The Phillies beat the Pirates 11-8 and Gorzelanny allowed five runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out three in five innings.
Phillies’ Career Numbers against the Tom Gorzelanny
- Ryan Howard – 0-for-3
- Raul Ibanez – 1-for-3 with a double
- Placido Polanco – 1-for-3
- Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-3 with 2 doubles
- Jayson Werth – 2-for-3
The Cubs drafted the 47-year old southpaw in the sixth round back in 1984. Jamie Moyer made his debut in 1986 … and is still winning big league games. Moyer has won his last three games, including a complete game shutout against the Braves on May 7. Moyer allowed just two hits and struck out five.
On the same day Starlin Castro made history in his big league debut, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to throw a complete game shutout.
The Phillies are 5-2 in Moyer’s seven starts … and the remarkable stat, Moyer is 3-1 when he has allowed five or more runs.
Moyer is 3-1 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Lou Piniella’s crew finally beat him last season. Carlos Zambrano handed Moyer his first career loss to Chicago on July 22 in Philadelphia. The Cubs won 10-5 and scored five runs, four earned, on eight hits in five innings.
Cubs’ Career Numbers against Jamie Moyer
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-6 with a double
- Marlon Byrd – 2-for-8 with a triple
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-6
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
- Derrek Lee – 5-for-11 with 3 doubles and a walk
- Xavier Nady – 2-for-6
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-11 with 4 walks
- Alfonso Soriano – 12-for-53 with a double, 4 home runs and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-6
- Ryan Theriot – 4-for-12
- Willie Wilson – 0-for-6
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