Game One Hundred Fifty-Nine: Cubs (72-86) vs. Padres (88-70)
Game Time – 5:35pm CDT
Coverage – Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 175
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.28/1.51) vs. Jon Garland (14-12, 3.58/1.33)
Four games remain in Year One for the Chicago Cubs … Tom Gorzelanny will take the hill for the final time in Twenty-Ten and will try to finish his season on a positive note.
The Cubs are 21-12 under Mike Quade (14-4 on the road) and will try to win for just the third time in eight games against the Padres this season. The Friars pitching staff has dominated the Cubs, for the most part, over the first seven games (2-5) … and it figures to be more of the same this afternoon with Jon Garland on the hill.
It all begins with Tom Gorzelanny … Tom Gorzelanny made his first start since September 1 last Friday against the Cardinals … and it was less than a stellar outing. Gorzelanny struggled and could not complete four innings of work. Gorzelanny allowed seven runs on seven hits with five walks in 3 1/3 innings. It was a predictable start but not one the Cubs’ southpaw wants to repeat this evening.
Gorzelanny struggled against the Padres when he faced them on August 16 at Wrigley. The offensively challenged Friars put up five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Again it was the free passes that hurt Gorzelanny six weeks ago.
Gorzelanny is 3-3 in 13 games, nine starts, on the road this season with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Today will be Gorzelanny’s fifth career start against San Diego … 1-3 in four starts with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP … at PETCO, 0-2 in two starts with a 6.30 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.
Padres Career Numbers against Tom Gorzelanny
- Chris Denorfia – 1-for-3
- David Eckstein – 4-for-13 with a double and a walk
- Adrian Gonzalez – 6-for-13 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Tony Gwynn – 1-for-2
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-6 with 2 walks
- Ryan Ludwick – 2-for-13 with 2 walks
- Miguel Tejada – 3-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Yorvit Torrealba – 3-for-6 with 3 doubles
The Cubs will get another look at a player they once gave away. Jon Garland was the Cubs first round pick (10th overall) in the 1997 draft. They traded him for nothing and have had to watch him put together a solid big league career.
Garland is coming off a no decision against the Reds (three runs on seven hits in six innings) but has pitched to his averages for a majority of the season.
Garland is 1-3 in his last five starts with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.45 ERA.
This evening will be Garland’s second start of the year against the Cubs. He beat his old organization 1-0 on August 17 after tossing seven innings of shutout ball (four hits, three walks and three strikeouts). Garland is 4-4 in 11 career games, seven starts, with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Jon Garland
- Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
- Marlon Byrd – 5-for-15 with a walk
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-11 with a double and a walk
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-3
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
- Xavier Nady – 5-for-13 with 2 doubles, a home run and 2 walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-13
- Alfonso Soriano – 5-for-22 with 2 doubles
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