Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 08/05/12

Game One Hundred Six: Cubs (43-62) vs. Dodgers (58-50)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183/914
Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38/1.32) vs. Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59/1.19)

Updated 11:58am CDTAccording to multiple reports, the Cubs have recalled Josh Vitters from Triple-A Iowa and have also called up Brett Jackson from Triple-A Iowa. Corresponding roster moves have not been announced. Jackson will have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players.

Updated 12:20pm CDTJeff Baker has been traded to the Tigers for Two Players to Be Named Later.

Updated 12:22pm CDT Tony Campana Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

After taking two of three from the Dodgers at Wrigley, the Cubs need a win this afternoon in order to finish the season series against the Dodgers with a .500 record. The Cubs are not hitting and will turn to Justin Germano to end the four-game skid. Germano actually started and posted a victory the last time the Cubs won a game.

The Cubs have been outscored 22-6 over the last four games after putting 14 runs on the board six days ago.

Aaron Harang was penciled in to start this afternoon’s game but has been pushed back a day. Joe Blanton will make his Dodgers’ debut instead. Blanton was scheduled to start Friday night for the Phillies but was traded a few hours before game time.

In other news … It appears Matt Garza will start Tuesday’s game in San Diego. Garza completed his bullpen session Saturday and declared himself good to go for Tuesday. If Garza is unable to pitch Tuesday, the Cubs will likely recall Casey Coleman or could turn to lefty Brooks Raley according to the Sun-Times. In order for Brooks Raley to make his Major League debut he would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently has one open spot.

This afternoon it all starts with Justin Germano

Justin Germano is coming off his first win at the big league level since August 28, 2007. Germano held the Pirates in check before the offense turned it on against Erik Bedard and put the game away. Germano allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Germano hit his spots again and issued two walks while striking out three.

For as good as the Pirates offense had been to that point, Germano will face a much more dangerous lineup today than the one he faced six days ago.

This afternoon will be Germano’s third appearance, second start, in a Cubs’ uniform.

Justin Germano has never beaten the Dodgers. In six games, five starts, Germano is 0-4 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP … at Dodger Stadium, 0-3 in three starts with a 8.80 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. The last time Germano faced the Dodgers was on April 4, 2008 in a Padres’ uniform.

Dodgers Career Numbers against Justin Germano

  • Andre Ethier – 1-for-4 with three walks
  • Tony Gwynn Jr. – 0-for-3
  • Matt Kemp – 6-for-11 with a home run
  • James Loney – 5-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Hanley Ramirez – 0-for-3
  • Shane Victorino – 1-for-3

Joe Blanton will make his Dodgers’ debut this afternoon and just the fourth start of his career at Dodger Stadium (1-0 in three starts with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP). Blanton was throwing the ball rather well for the Phillies before making his way to L.A. on Friday. Blanton was a hard-luck loser in his last outing. Blanton held the Braves to two runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Blanton has struck out 13 batters and walked only two in his last 15 innings of work (two starts).

Joe Blanton finished his last month in a Phillies’ uniform with a 1-3 record in five starts with a 3.82 RA and a 1.05 WHIP … since the break, 1-1 in three starts with a 2.74 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.

Joe Blanton beat the Cubs in Philadelphia on April 28. The Cubs managed only two runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings while Blanton struck out eight and did not walk a batter. For his career, Blanton is 1-0 in five starts against the Cubs with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Joe Blanton

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-1
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-18 with a double
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 7-for-21 with two doubles, a triple and three walks

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