Game One Hundred Sixteen: Cubs (60-55) vs. Rockies (59-56)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Coors Field, Denver
Rich Hill (6-6, 3.54/1.19) vs. Josh Fogg (6-7, 4.73/1.47)
The Cubs will look to take the third game of the series tonight behind their talented lefty, Rich Hill. While Lou Piniella’s crew is in Colorado, the buzz around Chicago is still the possibility of Jim Hendry acquiring Scott Podsednik from the South Side. Hendry has until Monday at noon to work out a deal with Kenny Williams. But the other news is the waves Will Ohman created after he was demoted to Triple-A on Tuesday. Ohman said his shoulder was “barking” but he was checked out and will report to the I-Cubs tonight. Ohman apparently rubbed a couple of his teammates the wrong way as well, their off the record comments have raised the question if Ohman will ever pitch with the Cubs again. Ohman went as far to say Mark O’Neal and the training staff has known about the injury for two months and did not share the information with Lou Piniella.
On the field, Piniella stated after Friday night’s win that he will likely run out the same lineup again tonight and while the Cubs offense tries to keep scoring runs, it all starts with Rich Hill. Has Rich Hill started to figure out the mental part of the game of baseball? Hill was on WGN’s pre-game show with Ron Santo Tuesday after his last start in Houston. Hill told Santo he had been studying tape and saw he had not being as aggressive as he was earlier in the year. He went on to say he cannot allow mistakes to change his entire game and he has to keep going after hitters. Hill pitched that way in Houston and his team needs a similar performance once again tonight.
After not being able to complete 5 innings against the Phillies, Hill threw his best outing of the second half against the Astros. He gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings with the only mistake being a home run by Carlos Lee, he was just out pitched by Wandy Rodriguez. Hill has been a victim of no run support all season and hopefully the thin air of Colorado will help the Cubs offense give him plenty of runs to work with tonight.
Hill has not received a decision in his last 4 starts and the last time he posted a win was on July 16th against the Giants at Wrigley. Hill showed better command of his signature curveball his last time out but will have to work hard to get it to break tonight.
Rich Hill will make his second career start at Coors Field, his first was a nightmare and exactly one year ago today. He gave up 6 runs on 6 his in 4 2/3 innings with 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. He could not locate his curve ball and the 6 earned runs was the most he allowed after being recalled from Triple-A at the end of July. Hill did not face the Rockies at Wrigley this season and tonight will be the second time the Cubs young lefty has faced the Rockies.
The Cubs will face a familiar foe tonight in Josh Fogg. The former Southsider and Pirate will make his 20th career start against the Cubs. Fogg has had an inconsistent year but is coming off his best 4-game stretch of the season. He was placed on the DL on May 28th with a strained left hamstring and he was activated on June 6th. After a 2-0 record in 3 starts in July with a 2.84 ERA, Fogg is 2-1 in his last 4 starts with a 2.52 ERA (7 earned runs in 25 innings) but 3 of those starts were on the road. Fogg beat the Brewers in his last outing and held the high-powered Brewers’ offense to 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings at Coors.
Fogg is 6-7 in 19 career starts against the Cubs with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP but 2 of those wins came in 2006. Fogg beat the Cubs the two times he faced them last season and posted a 3.46 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
- Mark DeRosa – 3-3
- Derrek Lee – 12-29, with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s
- Matt Murton – 2-6, with a home run and 2 RBI’s
- Ryan Theriot – 2-3, with a triple
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