Game Seventy-Six: Cubs (36-39) vs. Rockies (38-38)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (5-4, 3.90/1.05) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (4-0, 2.93/1.26)
Let the Drive for Five begin… After the Cubs’ offense struggled to score runs over the weekend, they came out and showed what they are capable of on Monday night. Now the trick is to build on the momentum and keep the machine rolling behind Ted Lilly tonight. Lou Piniella needs a performance similar to the one turned in by Jason Marquis out of Lilly to give his bullpen a rest with a day game on Wednesday. But most importantly, Piniella’s crew has to figure out a way to put a win on the board. Ted Lilly has pitched very well at Wrigley this season (3-3 with a 2.95 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP) and is coming off a good performance against the Rangers despite giving up 5 runs on 6 hits. Lilly tied a season high with 10 strikeouts and settled in after allowing all 5 runs in the first 3 innings in Arlington. In his last start at Wrigley against the Padres, he threw a gem and allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 8 innings. While Lilly has given up a lot of runs in his last 4 starts (12 runs on 20 hits in 20 2/3 innings) he continues to have a very strong strikeout to walk ratio….17:3 in June, 82:18 on the season.
Lilly has faced the Rockies only once in his career and it was a horrible outing. At Coors Field on May 21, 2006, Lilly gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits with 2 walks in 1 2/3 innings without giving up a home run.
Rodrigo Lopez has been lights out for Clint Hurdle this season. After starting the season 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 3 starts in April, he was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation on April 19th and was activated on May 28th. Since then Lopez has posted a 3-0 record in 5 starts and has allowed 13 runs, 12 earned, on 35 hits in 29 innings, 3.72 ERA, but has pitched past the 6th inning just once. Lopez is coming off a win against the Yankees and at Coors he held the Bronx Bombers to 2 runs on 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Rockies acquired Rodrigo Lopez on January 12, 2007 from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Jim Miller and Jason Burch. Rodrigo Lopez will make his first career start tonight against the Cubs and has not posted a win on the road this season in 2 starts but he has given up just 3 earned runs on 11 hits in 13 innings (2.08 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP).
- Mark DeRosa – 2-5
- Alfonso Soriano – 10-32, with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 2 walks and 5 RBI’s
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