Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 06/11/14

Game Sixty-Three – Cubs (26-36) vs. Pirates (30-34)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
  • Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Jason Hammel (6-3, 2.53/0.88/2.89) vs. Brandon Cumpton (1-2, 6.51/1.55/3.55)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to make it two wins in a row at PNC Park tonight behind Jason Hammel. The Cubs answered their poor performance on Monday night with a good effort from the offense on Tuesday. The Cubs put up a couple of runs on the board against Francisco Liriano before he had to leave the game with discomfort in his left side. Clint Hurdle had to dip into his bullpen early and often and if the offense is patient tonight and make Brandon Cumpton work, the Cubs could put themselves into a position to win a series on the road in Thursday’s finale.

A balanced lineup would seem to be in order for Rick Renteria tonight. Brandon Cumpton has given up a lot of hits over his five starts this season. Lefties are hitting a robust .350/.409/.409 against him while righties have managed a .315/.358/.378 line.

Tonight all starts with Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel has been very good his last two starts and has not allowed a run of any kind since May 25 in San Diego. Hammel followed up his seven innings of shutout ball in Milwaukee with seven scoreless innings against Miami in his last start. Hammel has scattered 10 hits over his last 14 innings with 16 strikeouts and one intentional free pass. And his teammates will need for him to keep it up tonight in order to beat the Pirates for the second straight night.

Jason Hammel faced the Pirates in his first two starts of the season (April 3, April 9) and beat the Bucs both times. Hammel is 4-1 in six career games, five starts, against Pittsburgh with a 3.67 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Hammel in 2-1 in three games, two starts, with a 3.14 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP at PNC in his career and 2-0 this season with a 2.63 ERA and a 0.51 WHIP.

Pirates Numbers against Jason Hammel in 2014

The Cubs will get their first look at right hander Brandon Cumpton tonight. Cumpton had a decent start his last time out. Cumpton gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to the Brewers. Cumpton walked two and struck out three batters. The Dodgers took it to Cumpton in Los Angeles on May 31. The rookie was shelled for 11 runs, 10 earned, on 11 hits with only one ball leaving the park. Cumpton has pitched much better at PNC this season in two starts than on the road. Cumpton is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

The Cubs should have plenty of video on Cumpton but this type of pitcher has historically had his way with the Cubs. Cumpton is not a hard thrower (91-92 mph range, low-80s slider), keeps the ball down and has good minor league numbers against right handed hitters.

If the offense does not make him work early, it will be another frustrating night in the visitor’s dugout.

No one on the Cubs active roster has faced Brandon Cumpton in a regular season big league ballgame.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup (if there is a game):

    Coghlan LF
    Ruggiano CF
    Rizzo 1B
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Schierholtz RF
    Baker C
    Barney 2B
    Hammel P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tarp on the field at PNC and it’s raining

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Still nothing official about a start time. A couple of estimates are for 7:30pm CDT

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First pitch scheduled for 7:40pm CDT

  • Tom U

    This from Boise Hawks Radio

    Here is video of Cubs 1st Round pick Kyle Schwarber from Boise Hawks Media Day

    http://boisehawksradio.mlblogs.com/2014/06/12/kyle-schwarber-signs-arrives-in-the-208/

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on …

  • Roland Bowman

    Ruggiano going with the pitch the other way and good things happen.

  • Roland Bowman

    Ruggiano could have had Harrison at first, it took him a while to get the ball back in.

  • Roland Bowman

    Hammel looking shakey in the first. A walk and two balls hit hard.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What an effort by Coghlan

    • Roland Bowman

      If he held on and fell into the stands before coming back out, is it a home run or an out?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It would have been an out

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice play by Castro to end the inning.

  • Roland Bowman

    Another opposite field hit

  • Roland Bowman

    Pirates had a weird shift on and Baker dribbles a grounder through.

  • Roland Bowman

    Nice base running by Baker to avoid a double play.

  • Roland Bowman

    Ruggiano misplayed the ball in center

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Everything is up from Hammel

  • Roland Bowman

    Davis called out on an inside pitch in the first, then gets strike two called on another inside pitch, then swings and misses at a pitch inside. He is not happy.

  • Roland Bowman

    Good job by Hammel to get out of it with just one run in the second.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Luis with a double

  • Roland Bowman

    Coghlan doesn’t have much of an arm in LF

  • Roland Bowman

    A pinch hitter for Harrison? I thought the pitch just barely grazed him.

  • Roland Bowman

    Wow Hammel painting that corner now

  • Roland Bowman

    The home plate umpire has an interesting strike zone

  • Roland Bowman

    Valbuena hitting the cover off the ball

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marte with another TOOTBLAN

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the rain again

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-2 to Pirates on Wednesday night … Jason Hammel: 4R, 11H, 2BB, HBP, 6K, 5IP (93 pitches, 56 strikes)

    Valbuena: 3-4, 2B, R; Baker: 1-4, RBI; Barney: 0-4, RBI; Rizzo: 0-2,
    BB, HBP; #Cubs: 2R, 5H, HBP, 3BB