Game 18 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||*Zach Duke||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 2.89, 7 K, 4 BB||2-0, 2.37, 13 K, 9 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||LF||Matt Murton|
|C||#Ryan Doumit||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|3B||Jose Bautista||C||Geovany Soto|
|SS||Brian Bixler||2B||Ronny Cedeno|
||*Zach Duke||P||Ryan Dempster|
WGN Radio is reporting that Kosuke Fukudome has a sebaceous cyst on his forehead which is causing some swelling in his right eyelid and thus, some vision problems. However, according to WGN's Cory Provus, Fukudome is on medication and is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
In the meantime, Matt Murton gets to hit against Zach Duke, vs. whom he has had considerable success (10-for-22 with two doubles, a homer, 3RBI).
Regarding the game at hand, can't we just play the Pirates forever? The Cubs go for the sweep against Pittsburgh and try to improve theirseason record against the Bucs to 6-0 this afternoon at Wrigley.
Ryan Dempster has been generally terrific in his three starts, allowing just 9 hits in 19 IP. Good thing, too: with the struggles of Lilly and Hill, the Cub bullpen has thrown more innings so far this season that any other NL relief corps besides the Marlins'.
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