Game One Hundred Fourteen: Cubs (48-65) vs. Giants (64-50)
Game Time – 9:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Tom Gorzelanny (6-6, 3.51/1.43) vs. Barry Zito (8-6, 3.35/1.22)
Can the Chicago Cubs win two games in a row? The Cubs ended their four-game skid Tuesday night with an impressive performance against Tim Lincecum … and it will not get any easier tonight for the offense.
Look for Alan Trammell to give Xavier Nady the start at first tonight with Barry Zito on the hill for the Giants. Trammell also indicated during Tuesday’s pre-game show that Welington Castillo would get the start tonight behind the plate. When Castillo crosses the lines, he will become the 14th rookie to suit up for the Cubs this season … and the eighth to make his big league debut.
Alan Trammell will call the shots again tonight in Piniella’s absence. Lou Piniella and Derrek Lee are expected to rejoin the team in St. Louis on Friday.
Tonight it all starts with Tom Gorzelanny … Like Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny has struggled throwing strikes of late. Gorzelanny is coming off a loss to the Reds in which he gave up only three runs on four hits in seven innings. But Gorzelanny walked four and has issued 14 free passes in his last four starts (26 innings).
Gorzelanny has been very good on the road this season. He has posted a 3-2 record in 11 games, seven starts, with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP … and even recorded his first career save. For the Cubs to win tonight, Gorzelanny must throw strikes and pitch like a number one … not the number five he should be.
The Cubs’ lone southpaw in the rotation has never lost to the Giants … 3-0 in three starts that includes a complete game shutout (1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP). At AT & T Park, Gorzelanny is 2-0 in two starts with a 0.64 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Giants Career Number against Tom Gorzelanny
- Pat Burrell – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
- Aubrey Huff – 0-for-3
- Buster Posey – 0-for-2
- Edgar Renteria – 2-for-3
- Aaron Rowand – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-2
- Andres Torres – 0-for-3
- Juan Uribe – 2-for-3
- Barry Zito – 0-for-2 with a walk
Barry Zito is in the middle of a good season for the Giants. While he is still not pitching to his contract, he has at least made steps in the right direction and has a winning record.
Zito is coming off a no-decision against the Braves but gave up only two runs on four hits in seven innings. Zito tied a season-high with 10 strikeouts … a feat he has accomplished two other times this season.
Zito has been dominating in his last five starts. Despite a 1-2 record, Zito has allowed only eight runs on 23 hits in 35 2/3 innings with 33 strikeouts and 10 walks (2.02 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP). Teams are hitting just .185 against Zito since the break.
Tonight will be Zito’s sixth career start versus the Cubs. He is 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Barry Zito
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-8 with a home run and a walk
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-5
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-5
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-2
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3
- Tom Gorzelanny – 0-for-5
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-2 with a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-39 with a double and 4 walks
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