Game One Hundred Thirty-Two: Cubs (67-64) vs. Brewers (66-66)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ted Lilly (13-7, 3.85/1.15) vs. Manny Parra (0-1, 3.09/1.33)
The Cubs will look to take the last game of the series and the season tonight against their rivals to the north. The Brewers made a big statement on Wednesday night when they beat Carlos Zambrano and moved back into second place, just a game and a half behind the Cubs. The Brewers have a very dangerous lineup and proved it once again. Ned Yost will start a rookie southpaw tonight against a Cubs team that cannot hit left-handed pitchers. Manny Parra was once the top-pitching prospect in the Brewers organization and has excelled at the Minor League level this season. Tonight will be a huge challenge for Lou Piniella’s struggling offense, but it all starts with Ted Lilly. Ted Lilly bounced back from his bad outings against the Reds and Cardinals and took a tough-luck loss his last time out against the Diamondbacks. Lilly made only one mistake, a home run by Connor Jackson, but the Cubs offense was held in check by Doug Davis. Lilly gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings with 8 strikeouts and no walks. In his last 5 starts, Lilly is 2-2 with a 4.99 ERA.
Lilly will make his 3rd start of the season against the Brewers. Lilly has been both terrific this season against the Brewers and horrible. He beat the Brewers at Wrigley on April 25th and surrendered 2 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits in 7 innings. But on June 5th in Miller Park, Lilly gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings, he also gave up 3 home runs….his worst start of the year. Lilly is 1-1 this season against the Brewers with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Manny Parra will be making his 2nd career big league start tonight. Parra has pitched out of the Brewers bullpen since the beginning of August and split time with Triple-A Nashville. Parra threw a 9-inning perfect game while a member of the Sounds back in June.
Baseball America ranked the 24-year old Parra, the 18th best prospect in the Brewers organization at the beginning of the year. Parra was once the top prospect in the organization but shoulder problems gave way to surgery in 2005. According to Baseball America, Parra has a two-seam fastball that ranges from 88-92 MPH and a four-seam fastball that hits the mid-90’s with an average splitter and curveball.
In Parra’s only other Major League start he did not receive a decision when he faced the Cardinals in St. Louis at the end of July (the Saturday double header). Parra gave up 3 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits in 6 innings. Parra was known as a strikeout pitcher in the minors, averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He has carried that success to the big leagues….in 23 1/3 innings Parra has 23 strikeouts and 9 walks.
Tonight will be the first time the Cubs have faced the extremely talented southpaw.
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