Game One Hundred Twenty-Five – Cubs (54-70) vs. Giants (65-58)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 84, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 3.15/1.17/3.86) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.71/1.25/3.51)
Weather permitting … The Cubs kick-off a six-game homestand with the first of three against the Giants tonight that concludes Sunday with the first place Baltimore Orioles. Counting today’s game, the Cubs have 37 games remaining on the 2014 schedule and each one will be against a team playing for a spot in the post-season.
The Cubs dropped two of three to the Giants in San Francisco at the end of May and will look to return the favor at Wrigley this week. The Giants enter play tonight 3 1/2 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and a game ahead of the Braves for the final Wild Card spot.
After tonight’s match-up of Tsuyoshi Wada and Ryan Vogelsong, Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Jake Peavy on Wednesday night. Travis Wood and Madison Bumgarner square off in the finale on Thursday night.
The Cubs season-long celebration of Wrigley Field turning 100 years old continues this week. The Cubs will pay tribute to the decade of the 90s and wear the road uniforms from the ’94 season for Throwback Sunday. Ryne Sandberg retired and un-retired, Mark Grace led the National League in hits, Sammy Sosa hit home run after home run and helped make 1998 a season that will not be forgotten. The Cubs won the ’98 NL Wild Card … and some Kid from Texas struck out 20 batters on a cloudy afternoon in May that season. Kerry Wood made his big league debut in ’98 and arguably the most dominating start in big league history.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be back behind the mic tonight calling the action on WGN.
The homestand all starts with Tsuyoshi Wada …
Tsuyoshi Wada makes his seventh start for the Cubs tonight. Wada posted his second win after holding the Brewers to two runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Wada tossed six innings of shutout ball before giving up a pair of solo home runs in the seventh inning. Wada lasted 6 2/3 innings, his second longest start of the season at the big league level.
Four of Wada’s first six starts have been at Wrigley Field. Wada is 2-1 at his home park with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. In 23 2/3 innings, Wada has allowed 10 runs on 19 hits with seven walks and 21 strikeouts … but three of those 19 hits have left the yard.
Ryan Vogelsong has bounced back this year after a rough 2013 season. Vogelsong is healthy and has been very good of late. Vogelsong is coming off a no decision against the White Sox after allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.
Since the break, Vogelsong is 2-1 in five starts with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP and in his last three outings, Vogelsong is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. The road has not been as kind to Vogelsong this year as AT & T Park has. Outside of San Francisco this year, Vogelsong is 5-2 in 11 starts with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.
The Cubs missed Ryan Vogelsong in late May in San Francisco. In 16 career appearances, 10 starts, against the Cubs, Vogelsong is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 3-3 in nine appearances, six starts, with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Ryan Vogelsong
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