Game Eighty-Five: Cubs (50-34) vs. Giants (37-47)
Game Time – 9:15pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – AT & T Park, San Francisco
Ryan Dempster (9-3, 3.26/1.18) vs. Kevin Correia (1-5, 4.79/1.48)
Lou Piniella’s crew is in the middle of their longest road trip of the year….and to say the first 5 games have not got as planned would be an understatement. The Cubs are 1-4 thus far with a less than whole roster. A win tonight would be a must in order to have a chance to spend Monday’s off day having completed at least a .500 road trip.
The Cubs will receive a boost with the return of both Aramis Ramirez and Reed Johnson on Thursday. Tonight it will be up to Ryan Dempster to bounce back from his last start and to the offense to score early and often off of Kevin Correia…. Ryan Dempster was probably the biggest surprise of the first half for the Cubs but his great start to the year hit a big bump in the road his last time out. Dempster was shelled by the White Sox on the South Side on Friday and could not complete 3 innings of work. Dempster allowed 8 runs on 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings with 3 walks and a strikeout….the big blow, a grand slam by Nick Swisher. After tossing one of his best games versus the Sox a week earlier, Ozzie’s bunch got to him early and often….
Much has been made about Dempster not posting a win on the road this year and other than his last start, he has pitched better away from Wrigley….despite the 0-3 record.
For the season Dempster is winless in 7 starts with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Tonight will be Dempster’s 8th career start against the Giants, in 17 previous games the Cubs’ former closer is 2-6 with 4 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Dempster has never won at AT & T Park, 0-3 with 4 saves in 10 games with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
- Rich Aurilia – 8-for-19 with a double and 5 walks
- Jose Castillo – 3-for-7
- Ray Durham – 1-for-2 with a double
- Aaron Rowand – 0-for-1
- Omar Vizquel – 2-for-6 with a triple
- Randy Winn – 1-for-17
Kevin Correia is coming off a good start against the A’s. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings but received a no decision in a 4-1 Giants loss. Correia struggles throwing strikes and the offense must be patient and make him work. Correia has not pitched past the 5th inning in his last two outings and has not completed 6 innings in a start since April 21st….Correia missed 6 weeks from April 26th – June 15th with a strained muscle in his left side.
Correia is 1-2 in 4 starts at AT & T Park this season with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP….opponents are hitting .250 against him.
Tonight will be Correia’s first career start against the Cubs. He is 0-2 in 4 games (2 innings) with a 18.00 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.
- Mark DeRosa – 0-for-2
- Jim Edmonds – 2-for-5 with 2 doubles
- Derrek Lee – 1-for-1
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-2
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