Game 44 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||*Phil Dumatrait||SP||Jason Marquis|
|1-1, 3.96, 26 K, 18 BB, 36.1 IP||1-3, 5.26, 24 K, 16 BB, 39.1 IP|
|2B||Freddy Sancez||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|CF||Nate McLouth||SS||Ronny Cedeño|
|LF||Jason Bay||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Adam LaRoche||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|RF||Xavier Nady||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|3B||*Doug Mientkiewicz||C||Geovany Soto|
|C||Ronny Paulino||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||Brian Bixler||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Phil Dumatrait||P||*Jason Marquis|
On the heels of Saturday's loss to the Bucs and the unexpected appearance by Bad Carlos, the Cubs need a win to take this series from the Pirates and finish the homestand 8-2. Cedeño gets a start at shortstop and The Riot sits.
At the plate, for all the thunder the Cubs have been getting from Alfonso Soriano—and "thunder" hardly seems an adequate way to describe 20-for-37 with 7 home runs, 15 RBI, and an OPS of 1769 over the last nine games—Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have been completely thunderless since the Pirates came to town (a combined 0-for-16).
Regarding today's starters...
Dumatrait, with his fancy new change-up, makes his fourth start of the season after opening the year in the bullpen. He comes off an 88-pitch effort against St. Louis, in which he blanked the Cards into the sixth before he was tagged for a 3-run homer by Troy Glaus.
Marquis surrendered a 3-0 lead and suffered the lone Cub loss in the San DIego series. Overall, he has dropped his last three starts, and allowed a .377 batting average against in the process.
That's no way for a "first-half pitcher" to conduct himself.