Game 44 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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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.

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I see we're going with two catchers today.

Got it.

Yo! #'d posts!

Kudos to the TCR PTB's for bringing them back.

not working right though...but we'll get there.

Umm, maybe he's saving something for the 2nd half?

has been made. The Cubs 40-man roster is now full.

AND contrary to most news stories MICAH HOFFPAUIR IS AVAILABLE to play this afternoon.

Marquis after yet another bad start? Free Sean Marshall!

with yet another great PA with RISP. Not that that's a valuable contribution to the offense or anything, but the RBI put the Cubs in the lead 3-2.

Real professional stuff from you right there. Classy.

You are so totally wrong. Reed Johnson does not screw your mom like Johann and Carlos!!! I know that you've been thinking he does, but despite what you say, it's not the case.

I agree though when you say above that you enjoy Chad in a way that's just been legalized in California. You've totally got a point there. You're right that your definition of Chadball is totally different than ours.

...i see what you did there.

*golf clap*

Thank you. Thank you.

I'm here all week. Second show is different.

Kudos #2 on the numbered posts! No pun intended on the "#2".

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