Game Six: Cubs (3-2) vs. Diamondbacks (1-3)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ryan Dempster (0-1, 8.10/1.50) vs. Armando Galarraga (0-0, -.–/-.–)
Q’s squad will try to end their first homestand of 2011 on a positive note this afternoon. Tuesday’s win guaranteed them at least a .500 record over the first six games but a win this afternoon would go a long way into the first off day of the season.
The Cubs hit the road Friday for the first of nine away from Wrigley Field.
Carlos Pena will likely be held out this afternoon for the second straight day … with a likely return Friday in Milwaukee. Pena’s thumb was wrapped Tuesday.
Geovany Soto was expected back in the starting lineup this afternoon for the finale against Arizona. If needed, Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol should be available for Mike Quade late in the game.
Today it all starts with Ryan Dempster … Ryan Dempster had a rough outing on Opening Day and will look to bounce back against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dempster was very good four innings before losing his command and walking the bases loaded. Dempster was done in by two big flies and must keep the ball in the park this afternoon.
When Dempster is right he maintains a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In his first outing, Dempster walked four and struck out seven … not a recipe for a Dempster ‘W’.
Dempster struggled with the gopher ball last year. Teams hit 25 dingers off the veteran right-hander, the second most off Dempster in his career in a single-season (30 in 33 games in 2000).
Today will be Dempster’s 14th career start against the D’Backs. He is 2-6 with a save in 17 games, 13 starts, with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP … last year, 1-0 in one start with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Ryan Dempster
- Henry Blanco – 0-for-6
- Russell Branyan – 0-for-4 with a walk
- Stephen Drew – 4-for-8 with a double
- Mark Grace – 2-for-12 with 4 walks
- Kelly Johnson – 0-for-7 with 5 walks
- Miguel Montero – 2-for-5 with a walk
- Melvin Mora – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Xavier Nady – 5-for-13 with 2 home runs
- Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5
- Ryan Roberts – no official at bat, one walk
- Justin Upton – 2-for-12 with a walk
- Chris Young – 2-for-12 with a home run and a walk
The Cubs will get their first look at Armando Galarraga in an Arizona uniform. Rumors suggested in the off-season that Jim Hendry discussed a possible deal for Galarraga with the Tigers that would have included Tom Gorzelanny.
Detroit released Galarraga on the same day they avoided arbitration with the right-hander … and later dealt him to Arizona for a couple of minor league prospects. Today will be his first start of the season.
Galarraga made headlines with his “perfect game” last season but was inconsistent at best in 2010. Galarraga posted a 4-9 record in 25 games, 24 starts, with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
Galarraga beat the Cubs in Detroit on June 25, 2009. Lou’s crew managed four runs on six hits in six innings with a walk but the Tigers won the game 6-5 on RBI hits by Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez off Ted Lilly.
Cubs Career Numbers against Armando Galarraga
- Marlon Byrd – 3-for-9
- Blake DeWitt – 1-for-2 with a triple
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-2 with a triple
- Koyie Hill – 0-for-2
- Carlos Pena – 2-for-7
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-3 with a double
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