Game 49 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (2 of 3)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||*Phil Dumatrait|
|2-3, 4.96, 27 K, 17 BB, 45.1 IP||1-2, 4.39, 28 K, 25 BB, 41 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||2B||Freddy Sanchez|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||Luis Rivas|
|1B||Derrek Lee||CF||*Nate McLouth|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||LF||Jason Bay|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*Adam LaRoche|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||RF||Jason Michaels|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||3B||Jose Bautista|
|CF||Reed Johnson||C||Raul Chavez|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Phil Dumatrait|
His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. Just keep repeating it to yourself as you watch Alfonso Soriano run the bases and man leftfield tonight. The guy says his leg is fine despite what your eyes and the television cameras may tell you.
Fukudome returns to the lineup after a night off, though he will be hitting in the six hole, the lowest spot in the order the outfielder has occupied in his brief Cub career. The Pirates do a little lineup-juggling as well, giving Luis Rivas a start at shortstop and batting the .212 hitter second, and moving Nate McLouth down to the third spot, where his big bat could do more damage. That is, if Luis Rivas wasn't batting right in front of him.
Tonight's pitching matchup is a replay of last Sunday's, in which Marquis, whose two wins this year have both come against Pittsburgh, allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings. Dumatrait couldn't make it past the fifth inning, having issued seven walks and allowed just enough runs to lose, 4-3.