Game Twenty – Cubs/Federals (7-12) vs. Diamondbacks/Packers (5-18)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN TV, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.29/1.07/2.79) vs. Wade Miley (2-2, 4.35/1.26/4.24)
The Cubs will shoot for their third win in a row on a very special day for the old ballyard at the corner of Clark and Addison.
On April 23, 1914 the Chicago Whales of the Federal League played the Kansas City Packers at the first ever game at Weeghman Park. The Whales topped the Packers 9-1 with Art Wilson hitting two home runs for the Whales, the first longballs hit at what is now known as Wrigley Field. The Cubs played the franchise’s first game at Weeghman Park nearly two years later (April 20, 1916). The field was later named Cubs Park before taking on the name ‘Wrigley Field’ in 1926.
The Cubs and Diamondbacks will honor Wrigley Field turning 100 years old today with both teams wearing throwback uniforms. The Cubs will wear Chicago Federals jerseys and the D-Backs agreed to be the Kansas City Federals for a day.
Due to pre-game ceremonies, the first pitch will not be made until 1:30pm CDT this afternoon.
The Cubs will honor several of the players of the past in pre-game ceremonies in which the players will take the spots on the field they once occupied.
Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Andre Dawson, Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster, Bobby Dernier, Lee Smith, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Gary Matthews Sr. and Milt Pappas, along with Ron Santo’s grandsons, Sam and Spencer Brown, are among the players that are expected to be introduced today. Relatives of Charles Weeghman are expected to attend as well as MLB commissioner Bud Selig.
Once the game begins, Mike Olt is expected to be at third base this afternoon with Darwin Barney at second and Emilio Bonifacio in center behind Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs have a chance to win their first series since last September (Sept. 9-11) with a victory this afternoon.
Rick Renteria should load his lineup with right handers today. Righties have hit .264/.319/.382 against Wade Miley while lefties have hit only .246/.285/.345 against Miley in just a little more than a fourth of the plate appearances.
This afternoon it all starts with Jeff Samardzija …
Jeff Samardzija has shown up in each of his four starts this year and while he has not received any run support he has been consistent from his first pitch to his last. Samardzija has completed seven innings in all four starts and has allowed a total of four earned runs on 23 hits in 28 innings. Samardzija has issued only seven walks while striking out 22 batters. Samardzija surrendered three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts against the Reds the last time out.
Samardzija has pitched extremely well in two starts at Wrigley this season. Samardzija has allowed five runs, three earned, on 12 hits with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings.
Jeff Samardzija goes for his first win this afternoon against the team that has been trying to pry him away from the Cubs for nearly a year. Samardzija is 0-1 in eight career appearances, three starts, against the Diamondbacks with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Samardzija faced the D-Backs twice a year ago and did not receive a decision while posting a 4.50 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP (seven runs on 13 hits with nine walks and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings … and one dust up with Kirk Gibson).
Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija
- Martin Prado: 2-for-13 with one walk
- Paul Goldschmidt: 0-for-6 with four walks
- Gerardo Parra: 3-for-7 with one home run and two walks
- Miguel Montero: 3-for-6 with one triple and two walks
- Cody Ross: 0-for-5 with two walks
- A.J. Pollock: 2-for-4
- Eric Chavez: 1-for-3
- Aaron Hill: 1-for-3 with one home run
- Mark Trumbo: 1-for-3 with one home run
Wade Miley is coming off a very good outing against the Dodgers and his team is 3-2 in the five games he’s started this year. Miley held the Dodgers to one run on two hits in six-plus innings. Miley walked five batters and struck out eight. The only mistake he made was serving up a solo homer to Scott Van Slyke in the seventh inning.
One bad start has skewed Miley’s numbers and he has been just about unhittable in the two starts he’s made this season outside of Phoenix. Miley knows how to pitch and has performed much better than his traditional stats indicate.
Wade Miley is 2-1 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 3.57 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. Miley has limited the Cubs to 15 hits with six walks and 18 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. Miley was 1-1 in two starts versus the Cubs a year ago with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. This afternoon is Miley’s second start at Wrigley. Miley is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP after allowing seven runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Cubs Career Numbers against Wade Miley
- Starlin Castro: 2-for-10 with one double and one walk
- Darwin Barney: 3-for-8 with one double and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-8 with one double
- Welington Castillo: 2-for-5 with one double and one walk
- Justin Ruggiano: 0-for-4 with two walks
- Junior Lake: 1-for-4
- Emilio Bonifacio: 0-for-3
- Nate Schierholtz: 1-for-3 with one double
- Luis Valbuena: 0-for-2
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