Game Eighty: Cubs (32-47) vs. Giants (45-34)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Rodrigo Lopez (0-1, 6.59/1.76) vs. Barry Zito (0-1, 6.23/1.54)
The Cubs lost game one Tuesday afternoon 13-7. Doug Davis gave up 10 runs on 12 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. The Giants scored a season-high 13 runs and recorded a season-high 18 hits.
Carlos Pena hit his 17th homer (1-for-4 with a home run, walk, two RBI), Koyie Hill hit his second longball of the year and Blake DeWitt drove in three of the Cubs’ seven runs with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Starlin Castro’s hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-5 effort in game one.
The Cubs optioned D.J. LeMahieu down to Triple-A Iowa shortly after game one and recalled Marcos Mateo from Triple-A Iowa.
Game Two – Mike Quade said Monday that he was unsure of what Rodrigo Lopez would be able to give him tonight, that is the reason Quade decided to start Doug Davis in game one. The Cubs need innings out of Lopez more than anything tonight. If he struggles, Darwin Barney could have company on the plane from Des Moines.
With Barry Zito on the hill for the Giants tonight, look for Quade to run out his right-handed lineup.
Game two all starts with Rodrigo Lopez … Rodrigo Lopez will make his second start of the season tonight … and the Cubs do not know how long he will be able to go. Lopez has not thrown more than 45 pitches in weeks and if Quade can get five outings out of Lopez he should consider himself lucky.
Lopez’s only start came against the Astros in his Cubs’ debut on May 30. Lopez looked serviceable early but faded quickly. Houston slammed Lopez to the tune of six runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Lopez did not walk a batter and stuck out four in a 12-7 loss to the ‘Stros.
In a season full of bad ideas for the Chicago Cubs, add this one to the list. For as poorly as Lopez has pitched this season, he’s been even worse at Wrigley (no record in four games, one start, with a 10.57 ERA and a 2.22 WHIP).
Rodrigo Lopez has never beaten the Giants and tonight will be his first game against San Francisco this season. Lopez is 0-3 in six career starts versus the Giants with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP.
Giants Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez
- Pat Burrell – 1-for-3
- Bill Hall – 0-for-1
- Aubrey Huff – 13-for-48 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 5 walks
- Cody Ross – 1-for-5 with a double
- Aaron Rowand – 5-for-17 with 3 doubles
- Pablo Sandoval – 6-for-12 with 4 doubles, a home run and a walk
- Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-4
- Miguel Tejada – 11-for-23 with 3 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
- Andres Torres – 7-for-16 with a double, a triple and a home run
- Eli Whiteside – 2-for-2 with a double
Barry Zito will make his first start tonight since April after spending the last 10 weeks on the DL with a sprained right foot. The first trip to the DL of Zito’s career opened up a chance for Ryan Vogelsong … and the right-hander has not looked back.
Zito completed four rehab starts on his way back to the big leagues. Zito was 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA (two for Class-A San Jose and two for Triple-A Fresno) and should not have a pitch count tonight.
The Cubs need to make Zito work and don’t walk to the plate swinging.
Barry Zito is 1-3 in six career starts versus the Cubs with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, at Wrigley 1-1 in two starts with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Barry Zito
- Jeff Baker – 2-for-11 with a home run and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-8
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 6-for-23 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Carlos Pena – 6-for-19 with 2 home runs and 3 walks
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-10 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-41 with a double and 5 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
- Carlos Zambrano – 0-for-3
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