Game 14 Thread / Reds @ Cubs (2 of 3)
|SP||Josh Fogg||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|1-1, 7.00, 6 K, 3 BB||1-1, 3.20, 18 K, 2 BB|
|CF||*Corey Patterson||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|SS||Jeff Keppinger||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|RF||*Ken Griffey||1B||Derrek Lee|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|LF||*Adam Dunn||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|3B||Edwin Encarnacion||LF||Mark DeRosa|
|1B||*Joey Votto||C||Geovany Soto|
|C||#Javier Valentin||CF||Reed Johnson|
||Josh Fogg||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
As reported by the Trib's Paul Sullivan, the Soriano-less Cubs will have Mike Fontenot leading off, Mark DeRosa will be manning left field, and Eric Patterson will be in the wings. (This will be the first time in Fontenot's Major League career he has been penciled into the leadoff spot.)
As for E-Pat, he was hitting just .222 at Triple-A, with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 12 K/3 BB in 36 at-bats for the I-Cubs. He stole one base.
Tonight's head-scratchers and eye-openers:
Eric's brother, Corey, he of the lifetime OBP which has fallen below .300 (.297), continues to bat leadoff.
Josh Fogg is still taking a regular turn for a Major League Baseball team.
And two-and-a-half weeks into the season, Carlos Zambrano has walked just two men and has a 9:1 K/BB ratio.
About tonight's pitchers:
In 20 lifetime starts against the Cubs, Fogg is 7-7, 5.69.
In 23 lifetime starts against the Reds, Z is 10-9, 3.39. One of the most inauspicious was this doozy from last April, in which the Cubs and Zambrano built a 5-0 lead through 4 innings, before Zambrano opened the door to a 6-run fifth inning for the Reds, who went on to win 6-5.
As noted yesterday, this game gave rise to one of Lou Piniella's few full-out eruptions last season. ("What the hell do you think isn't working?") It was fun to hear and see, but I don't think we need to go through it again tonight.
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