Game 17 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (2 of 3)
|SP||*Tom Gorzelanny||SP||Jason Marquis|
|1-1, 6.75, 6 K, 11 BB||0-0, 5.23, 4 K, 6 BB|
|CF||*Nate McLouth||CF||Reed Johnson|
|2B||Freddy Sanchez||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|LF||Jason Bay||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Adam LaRoche||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|RF||Xavier Nady||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||#Ryan Doumit||LF||Mark DeRosa|
|3B||Jose Bautista||C||Geovany Soto|
|SS||Brian Bixler||2B||Ronny Cedeno|
||*Tom Gorzelanny||P||*Jason Marquis|
No kidding--starting pitchers' combined K:BB ratio this season is 1:1.7.
The Cubs go for five in a row this season against the Pirates and their eighth overall versus the Bucs dating back to last September.
Chicago-area native Gorzelanny was the starter in the game last week at Pittsburgh which the Cubs wound up winning 10-8 in 12 innings. The lefty was charged with the first 7 Cub runs and was gone by the middle of the third inning. He has made three career starts in Wrigley, however, and in two of them, he pitched a combined 15 innings and allowed just one run.
Marquis is coming off a so-so effort last Sunday at Philadelphia (2 runs, 4 hits allowed in 5 IP), though it was his first game back after a strep throat, so maybe it was more Herculean than I'm giving him credit for.
Miserable weather forecast for Chicago this afternoon.
Murton update: The Cubs officially announced the Murton recall and the E-Pat demotion. In addition to the Pirate lefties in the Cubs' immediate future, the Mets, Rockies, and Nats, the Cubs' next three opponents, are all southpaw-rich, which could create opportunities for the Redhead.
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