Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (22-6) vs. Nationals (19-10)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, FS1 – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jason Hammel (4-0, 1.24/1.06/3.05) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.15/0.98/2.79)
Joe Maddon gives the ball to Jason Hammel this afternoon as the Cubs look to secure a series win over the Nationals. The Cubs have won each of the last five games and have taken the first two games of this series. Hammel will have to keep the ball down and follow the game plan with Tim Federowicz behind the plate.
The Cubs offense faces a tough lefty in Gio Gonzalez. After a perceived rough season a year ago, Gonzalez is back and the former two-time Southsider has always been really good against the Cubs.
Maddon should run out a balanced lineup today. Lefties are hitting .182/.357/.182 with a .539 OPS against Gonzalez and right-handers are batting .198/.229/.242 with a .471 OPS.
This afternoon all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel did not let a first inning home run from Andrew McCutchen rattle him the last time out. Hammel set the tone for the three-game series in Pittsburgh and outpitched Gerrit Cole. Hammel completed five innings and was lifted after hitting Starling Marte to start the sixth. Hammel was charged with two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in a 7-2 victory over the Pirates.
The Cubs are 4-1 in the five starts Hammel has made this season and he takes the hill at Wrigley for just the second time. Hammel beat the Reds at the old ballyard back on April 14.
Jason Hammel makes his 12th career start today against the Nationals. Hammel is 9-0 in the first 11 with a 3.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Last season, Hammel had one of his better outings of the year against the Nationals. Hammel allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in eight innings at Nationals Park on June 6.
Nationals Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Ryan Zimmerman: 11-for-35 with three doubles, one home run and two walks
- Stephen Drew: 3-for-18 with one double and three walks
- Jayson Werth: 3-for-13 with one home run and two walks
- Bryce Harper: 2-for-14 with one home run
- Daniel Murphy: 6-for-12 with two doubles and one walk
- Danny Espinosa: 2-for-8 with one double and three walks
- Wilson Ramos: 3-for-9 with two home runs and two walks
- Anthony Rendon: 2-for-9 with one double
- Chris Heisey: 1-for-5 with one triple
- Clint Robinson: 1-for-3
- Jose Lobaton: 1-for-2 with one double
Lefty Gio Gonzalez has been lights out over his first five starts. Gonzalez kept the Royals off the board for six innings five days ago. Gonzalez gave up just four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Gonzalez has allowed one run on eight hits in two starts (13 innings) on the road this season.
Gio Gonzalez is 3-2 in seven career starts versus the Cubs with a 2.47 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Gonzalez faced the Cubs one time a year ago and allowed two runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings. Gonzalez has owned the Cubs over his career.
Cubs Career Numbers against Gio Gonzalez
- Jason Heyward: 7-for-31 with one double and two walks
- Dexter Fowler: 6-for-14 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-14 with one walk
- David Ross: 2-for-6 with two walks
- Ben Zobrist: 2-for-6 with two doubles and two walks
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Jason Hammel: 0-for-2
- Tommy La Stella: 0-for-1 with two walks
- Tim Federowicz: 0-for-2
- Addison Russell: 0-for-1 with one walk
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