Game Sixty-Four: Cubs (28-35) vs. Mariners (35-26)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Marshall (2-2, 2.08/1.04) vs. Miguel Batista (6-4, 5.56/1.58)
After winning a close game on Monday night, Tuesday the Cubs lost to the red hot Mariners and must find a way to put a win on the board tonight with Sean Marshall on the hill. After receiving no run support in his first two outings of the season, the Cubs scored a combined 19 runs in his last two starts. The Cubs offense continues to rack up hits, but not when they count and must revert back to playing the fundamental baseball they treated the Faithful to last week. Sean Marshall is coming off back-to-back wins against the Braves and has faced just three different teams this season. While Marshall was not as sharp his last time out, he was just as effective. Marshall allowed 1 run on 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work. Marshall has given Lou Piniella quality starts in all 4 of his outings this year and has not allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his starts. Marshall has held opponents to a .208 batting average, with both sides of the plate hitting exactly the same, .208 but righties have a .278 OBP and lefties have a .208 OBP while both homers Marshall has allowed this season have come from the right side of the plate.
Sean Marshall has never faced the Mariners and is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA against American League teams in three Interleague starts (12 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings).
Miguel Batista will face one of his former organizations tonight. Batista pitched for the Cubs a decade ago and was 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 11 games, 6 starts. Batista has never won a game at Wrigley Field and is 0-4 with 2 saves in 14 games (6 starts) with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP….and has allowed 7 home runs in 41 innings.
Batista’s latest outing was out of the pen in San Diego, he pitched 1 inning and got the win (Raul Ibanez hit a home run in the 11th inning) and that was after starting a game two days earlier against the Padres and receiving a no-decision….he gave up 5 runs on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings on June 8th. After giving up 19 runs in 22 2/3 innings in April (2-2 in 4 starts with a 7.54 ERA), he settled down a little in May, but was inconsistent. Batista recorded four starts where he gave up 2 earned runs or less and in his other two starts he gave up a combined 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. Teams are hitting .301 with a .361 OBP against Batista this season….righties .304, a .364 OBP with 6 home runs, lefties .298, a .358 OBP with 1 home run.
Batista is 2-2 with 2 saves in 17 career games (5 starts) against the Cubs with a 6.27 ERA, a 1.86 WHIP and the Cubs have hit well against Batista to the tune of a .305 batting average.
- Cliff Floyd – 8-20, with 2 doubles, a home run and a RBI
- Derrek Lee – 4-16, with a double and 2 RBI’s
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-19, with a RBI
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