Game 59 Thread / Cubs @ Padres (2 of 3)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||*Wil Ledezma|
|2-3, 4.98, 32 K, 22 BB, 56 IP||0-2, 4.50, 31 K, 21 BB, 26 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Jody Gerut|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||Tadahito Iguchi|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||*Brian Giles|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Adrian Gonzalez|
|C||Geovany Soto||3B||Kevin Kouzmanoff|
|CF||Reed Johnson||LF||*Paul McAnulty|
|RF||Mark DeRosa||C||Michael Barrett|
|2B||Ronny Cedeño||SS||Khalil Greene|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||*Wil Ledezma|
The Cubs seek consecutive win number nine tonight versus the generally punchless Padres. While the Giants offense gets mocked for their futility, it's the Padres(3.66 R/G) and Nationals(3.74 R/G) currently battling for the bottom rung of the NL offensive ladder.
For the Cubs, not only does a win tonight extend their winning streak, it would also secure their first road series win since they swept the Pirates...their first road series of the year back in early April. And while their 11-13 road record is certainly unspectacular, there's only 3 NL teams with a .500 or better mark on the road (Marlins, Phillies and Cardinals). Another series sweep and the Cubs will join that group...
Marquis vs Ledezma tonight...I imagine good seat are still available.
Update: Reader Little Nate Lewis flagged this official Cubs press release announcing the demotion of Micah Hoffpauir, who went 8-for-19, .421 in 11 games, and the promotion of pitcher Kevin Hart from Iowa. Hart appeared in six games for the I-Cubs, all as a starter, going 1-1, 3.81, 33 K, 9 BB.
In 18 appearances with the Cubs dating back to last September, all in relief, Hart is 2-1, 3.33 .