Game Thirty: Cubs (16-13) vs. Brewers (17-13)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Ryan Dempster (2-1, 4.86/1.35) vs. Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 3.02/0.96)
Updated – 5:53pm C.T. – Aramis Ramirez placed on 15-day DL – Ryan Freel Activated – Freel was in original lineup but scratched around 5:35pm C.T. with tight left hamstring
Following Friday night’s loss in response to Aaron Heilman not throwing strikes and the injury to Aramis Ramirez, Lou Piniella said, “The leadoff walk, I mean…he never came close to throwing a strike to the first hitter.”
“It just gets frustrating. Every time you start putting something a little together, something different happens.”
Derrek Lee is expected back in the starting lineup tonight…as well as both Ryan Freel and ‘Farney‘. As of this writing, the results of the MRI performed on Aramis Ramirez’s shoulder have not been released. From all reports and speculation, Ramirez will be placed on the DL and will miss at least 4-6 weeks.
It is time for several players to step up and begin performing to expectations. The Cubs have enough talent and offense to win a lot of games without Ramirez, but Lou Piniella must receive contributions from the likes of Milton Bradley, Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto…while the bullpen must stop walking batter after batter and make sure they don’t blow many leads.
Another quality start from Ryan Dempster would go a long way tonight… The Cubs need Ryan Dempster to build on his last start. Dempster was more ‘2008-Dempster-like‘ for the first time this season in his last start against the Giants. He picked up his second win of the year and set season highs in innings pitched (seven) and strikeouts (seven).
Dempster also avoided ‘the one bad inning‘ that plagued his first five starts.
Thanks to the tremendous catch by Reed Johnson the last time Dempster faced the Brewers, he is 1-0 against Milwaukee this season…with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
With the injury to Aramis Ramirez it is time for players like Ryan Dempster to step up and perform to expectations.
- Ryan Braun – 2-for-17 with a double and a walk
- Mike Cameron – 3-for-18 with 2 walks
- Craig Counsell – 4-for-16 with 3 walks
- Chris Duffy – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
- Prince Fielder – 5-for-17 with a double, a home run and 3 walks
- Bill Hall – 3-for-18
- J.J. Hardy – 2-for-20 with a double and 3 walks
- Jason Kendall – 16-for-40 with 3 doubles and 5 walks
- Rickie Weeks – 4-for-13 with 3 walks
The Cubs will face the best pitcher on the Brewers’ roster and one of the five best young arms in all of baseball tonight in Yovani Gallardo. Other than one start against the Reds this season (seven runs on three hits in five innings with four walks) he has been just about unhittable.
Gallardo has allowed only 14 runs in 41 2/3 innings on 28 hits with 39 strikeouts and only 12 walks. Gallardo tossed a complete game against the Astros on April 24. In his next start he threw eight innings of shutout ball and his solo home run was the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory over the Pirates. Gallardo beat the Pirates again in his last start and allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings.
The Cubs have not done much against Yovani Gallardo in two career games…five runs on 14 hits in 12 innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts (3.75 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP).
- Mike Fontenot – 0-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 3-for-3
- Reed Johnson – 0-for-2
- Derrek Lee – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6 with a double
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-3 with a double
- Ryan Theriot – 3-for-3
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