Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (14-17) vs. Giants (15-17)
Game Time – 9:15pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 189 & 190
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco, CA
Rich Hill (0-1, 11.25) vs. Jason Schmidt (2-2, 3.77)
Will this be the night Barry Bonds ties Babe Ruth? The Cubs left the beautiful serenity of PETCO Park and walk into media central tonight at the “Phone Booth” in San Francisco. Rich Hill makes his second start of the season tonight against Barry Bonds, Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants. Hill is looking to improve on his last start (4 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 BB, 2 SO) and is battling with Angel Guzman to stay at the Major League level once Kerry Wood returns. Aramis Ramirez is 5 for his last 12 (.417) with 2 home runs, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored….and is hitting .292 on this road trip. Juan Pierre must get his at going and was only 1 for 18 in the series against San Diego. Could tonight be the night the Cubs put an end to the losing streak? Jason Schmidt is coming off a complete game, 5-hit shutout against the Brewers on May 3rd. After a slow start, he has won his last 2 in a row only giving up 10 hits and 2 runs over that span.
Moises Alou will not play in the series after being place on the 15-day DL on May 6th with a sprained ankle, but Barry Bonds is scheduled to play and the Cubs have said they are going to pitch to him. Will Rich Hill become a part of history like Steve Trachsel did back in 1998? It has become common knowledge by now that Dusty Baker was on deck to witness Hank Aaron hit number 714 and number 715, let’s hope for the Cubs sake he misses the feat the second time around.
The Cubs hit the ball well the last 2 games in San Diego, but could not bring the runners around to score. The key for tonight is for the Cubs to remember what is was like during the first month of the season….when they were doing all of the “little things” right and Juan Pierre needs to be the catalyst for the offense, you can’t steal first base was the catch phrase during the off-season and he just needs to get on. The longer an at bat goes the more of a chance the pitcher has to make a mistake. The Cubs are 5-12 since Derrek Lee went on the DL and they need to show that team is not spelled “Lee”.
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