Game 61 Thread / Cubs @ Dodgers (1 of 4)
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||Chad Billingsley|
|7-2, 2.75, 63 K, 33 BB, 75.1 IP||4-6, 3.29, 71 K, 34 BB, 65.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||LF||*Juan Pierre|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||CF||Matt Kemp|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||*Andre Ethier|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||2B||Jeff Kent|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||C||Russell Martin|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*James Loney|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||3B||*Blake DeWitt|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||SS||Chin-Lung Hu|
|P||Ryan Dempster||P||Chad Billingsley|
And so, here we are:
The final, deciding game in the Cubs' and Dodgers' best-of-2,021 game series.
Who'd have thought it would come down to this?
I kid, but the 118-year, all-time series between two of baseball's grand franchises is, in fact, knotted at 1,010 victories per side, as the MLB-best 38-22 Cubs open a four-game set against the 28-31 Dodgers.
Dempster (7-2) comes off a 5-inning, 93-pitch victory against the Rockies on Saturday, Cubs manager Lou Piniella having decided before the game to limit Dempter's pitch count. (The veteran had averaged 115 pitches in his four previous starts.)
Tonight, there are presumably no such limits, and the veteran, who last started a game at Chavez Ravine as a Marlin seven years ago, can pitch himself silly.