Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 07/27/13

Game One Hundred Two: Cubs (46-55) vs. Giants (46-56)

  • Game Time – 8:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco

Chris Rusin (1-0, 5.40/1.20) vs. Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.93/0.96)

The Cubs will go for two in a row tonight behind Chris Rusin but in order to do so the offense will have to string together hits against one of the best southpaws in the game. Madison Bumgarner has been very, very good for the Giants this season and figures poise a big challenge for the Cubs tonight.

The Cubs have really struggled with runners in scoring position during the current ten-game road trip. The Cubs were 1-for-11 with RISP on Friday night. Somehow the Cubs are 4-4 over the first eight games despite hitting 8-for-74 with runners in scoring position.

The Cubs improved to 24-29 on the road this season with Friday night’s victory, one more win than they had all last season (23-58) away from Wrigley Field.

Dale Sveum said Friday that Junior Lake will play every day either in left field or in center. Against right-handed pitching, Lake will play left and slide over to center on days the Cubs’ face lefties. Lake is expected to hit leadoff for the Cubs tonight with Cole Gillespie in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. Schierholtz is expected to hit in the fourth spot in the lineup, at least for now.

Tonight it all begins with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin makes his third start in the big leagues this season tonight. For the first time, Rusin will not make a long trip as a call-up from Triple-A for a recently traded starter. Rusin filled in for Scott Feldman when he was traded on July 2 then took the hill last Monday instead of Matt Garza.

Chris Rusin put together a good outing in Phoenix. Rusin limited the Diamondbacks to two runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings. Rusin makes his first career start and appearance against the Giants tonight … and no one on the Giants active roster has faced Rusin in a regular season ballgame.

The Cubs have the pleasure tonight of facing arguably the best young lefty in the game. Madison Bumgarner has been beyond good this season and has already beaten the Cubs this year.

Bumgarner is coming off a loss to the Diamondbacks in which he allowed one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Bumgarner has held teams to two runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts. Bumgarner is 2-1 in his last three starts with a 2.14 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP … only 12 hits allowed with four walks and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Madison Bumgarner beat the Cubs at Wrigley in the game better remembered for Steve Clevenger writhing in pain at home plate after striking out swinging to end the game. Bumgarner is 4-2 in seven career starts against the Cubs with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-13 with two walks
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 8-for-21 with a double
  • Cole Gillespie – 0-for-4
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-1 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with a walk

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver