Game One Hundred Forty-Five: Cubs (57-87) vs. Dodgers (76-67)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. Comcast Sports Net, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Marshall (5-9, 5.27) vs. Derek Lowe (14-8, 3.64)
The last time the Cubs faced the Dodgers their season came to a grinding halt. Rafael Furcal ran into Derrek Lee, he broke his wrist and the Cubs’ season spiraled into oblivion. A lot has transpired since April 19th, Sean Marshall started that game as well, and after tonight there are only 17 games left in this nightmare of a season.
The Cubs have a chance to play the role of spoiler; their next 13 games are against the Dodgers, Reds and Phillies all of which have dreams of the post season. The Dodgers are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Padres in the West; the Padres are leading the Wild Card, 2 ahead of the Marlins, 2 1/2 ahead of the Phillies and 3 1/2 ahead of the Reds.
Derek Lowe has pitched very good for the Dodgers this season. He is coming off a terrific August and has held opponents to 3 runs or less in his last 8 starts. Lowe is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA over that span. Lowe faced the Cubs on April 18th and received a no-decision. The Cubs put up just 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings with Carlos Zambrano on the mound. The Cubs lost the game in the 9th; Will Ohman gave up a game winning single to J.D. Drew. Lowe is 1-1 in 3 career games against the Cubs with a complete game and a 2.91 ERA.
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