Game 93 Thread / Giants @ Cubs (1 of 3)
|SP||Matt Cain||SP||Jason Marquis|
|5-7, 4.30, 112 K, 50 BB, 119.1 IP||6-5, 4.78 ERA, 49 K, 37 BB, 92.1 IP|
|LF||*Fred Lewis||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|2B||#Ray Durham||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|RF||#Randy Winn||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Bengie Molina||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|CF||Aaron Rowand||C||Geovany Soto|
|1B||*John Bowker||LF||*Daryle Ward|
|3B||Rich Aurilia||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||#Omar Vizquel||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Matt Cain||P||*Jason Marquis|
On Rich Harden Debut Eve, the Cubs have made a roster move as they open a three-game set against the Giants.
Michael Wuertz, who allowed four runs in an inning-and-one-third against the Reds on Thursday, was sent down to Iowa. Kevin Hart, 2-1, 3.35 for the I-Cubs with 48 K's against 15 BB and a BAA of just .205, gets the call-up.
As for today's game, the Cubs hope to avenge last week's series split in San Francisco. (Normally, "avenge" would be too strong a word when you're coming off a split, but considering how miserably the Giants have played at home this year, I figured the Cubs were at least owed 3-of-4.)
The pitching matchup is a repeat of the pairing from the game played a week ago Tuesday, which the Giants won, 2-1. Marquis steadied himself after a bumpy first inning, allowing just four hits and two runs over 7 IP. Cain, however, was flat-out brilliant, shutting out the Cubs for 8 innings, while fanning 10 and allowing 2 piddly hits, which is one hit less than the Cubs collected in a ninth-inning rally against Giants closer Brian Wilson which fell just short.
In the ultimate test of his flyball-catching skills, Reed Johnson gets to play centerfield between Mark DeRosa and Daryle Ward, as Jim Edmonds and Kosuke Fukudome, who is hitting .238 since June 1st and striking out like a sonofagun, get to rest.