Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (10-14) vs. Diamondbacks (11-13)
Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 5.28/1.30) vs. Armando Galarraga (3-1, 6.00/1.52)
How will the Cubs respond to another embarrassing loss? The Cubs have dropped their last four games and six of the last seven. But it is more than the losses that is concerning, it is the overall play of the team that is troublesome.
The return to mediocrity would be more than welcome after the way this team has played over the past week. Q’s squad is not pitching or hitting (1-for-21 in the last three games with RISP with 26 runners left on base) and they need to find a way to win a game.
After the unscheduled ‘Bullpen Day‘, at the very least Carlos Zambrano must put together a quality start. The bullpen was taxed Thursday with only Sean Marshall and Kerry Wood not seeing any action. If Zambrano could get the game into the seventh with his team in the lead it would help the pen for the duration of the trip. Another short outing tonight could make long trip even more difficult.
Tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano … and just winning a ballgame. After tossing eight innings of shutout ball against the Padres, Carlos Zambrano followed his gem with his worst outing since last June. The Dodgers jumped on Z right out of the gate and before he could record an out, Matt Kemp and company put a three-spot on the board and tallied five runs before the Cubs ever stepped to the plate. Z settled down and completed five innings of work but the damage had been done. The Cubs need a nice long outing from Z tonight in a place he hasn’t fared too well in his career.
Zambrano did not face the D’Backs during the series at Wrigley and is 2-2 in six games, five starts, in his career versus Arizona with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP … at Chase Field, 2-2 in five starts with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
Tonight will be Zambrano’s first start against the Snakes since 2009.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano
- Henry Blanco – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Russell Branyan – 5-for-35 with a double and a home run
- Kelly Johnson – 4-for-14 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Miguel Montero – 1-for-3
- Melvin Mora – 1-for-2
- Xavier Nady – 8-for-25 with 5 doubles
- Gerardo Parra – 0-for-1
- Ryan Roberts – 0-for-1
- Justin Upton- 1-for-4
- Chris Young – 1-for-3 with a double
After winning his first three starts of the season, Armando Galarraga is coming off his first loss and worst outing of the year. Galarraga lasted just three innings against the Mets and allowed six runs, two earned, on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Outside of his last outing, Galarraga has been solid for the D’Backs.
Galarraga won the only game of the series at Wrigley earlier in the month. The former Detroit Tiger held the Cubs to four runs on five hits in seven innings. Galarraga has never lost to the Cubs … 2-0 in two starts with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
The Cubs’ aggressive offense must be patient and make him work tonight … as the cliché goes patience is a virtue, maybe Q can look up the definition and read it to his team before they start hacking away again tonight.
Cubs Career Numbers against Armando Galarraga
- Darwin Barney – 0-for-1
- Marlon Byrd – 4-for-12
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
- Tyler Colvin – 0-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk
- Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-5 with a triple and a walk
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
- Carlos Pena – 2-for-7 with a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-6 with a double and a home run
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-3
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