Game 95 Thread / Giants @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Tm Lincecum||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|10-2, 2.66, 126 K, 46 BB, 121.2 IP||10-3, 3.13 ERA, 98 K, 47 BB, 118 IP|
|LF||*Fred Lewis||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Jose Castillo||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|2B||#Ray Durham||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Bengie Molina||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|CF||Aaron Rowand||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|RF||*John Bowker||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|1B||Rich Aurilia||LF||Reed Johnson|
|SS||#Omar Vizquel||C||Henry Blanco|
|P||Tim Lincecum||P||Ryan Dempster|
A great pitching matchup between two All-Stars to end the pre-ASG schedule for 2008.
Lincecum has been everything the Giants hoped he would be; Dempster has been more than the Cubs could ever have hoped. Dempster remains undefeated this season at Wrigley (10-0, 2.58); Lincecum was undefeated on the road until losing to the Mets at Shea this past Tuesday. He's still a none-too-shabby 7-1, 2.23 away from AT&T Park.
Giants have dropped six in a row. Cubs (57-37) are on track to have the franchise's best record at the All-Star break since 1969, when the club went 61-37.
Regarding Sunday's lineup, Henry Blanco gets his first start and sees his first game action in two weeks. Mike Fontenot starts for the fourth consecutive game at second base and has now gone 15-for-46 (.326) with a .436 OBP and .761 slugging percentage in his last 16 games.
The blister than kept Kerry Wood out of the action Saturday and left Carlos Marmol out on the mound to allow the Giants to erase a five-run, ninth-inning deficit for the first time in 23 years will also keep Wood out of any action in the All-Star Game.
Update: Carlos Marmol, who has a 9.37 ERA in 20 appearances since June 1st, has been named to replace Wood on the NL All-Star roster for Tuesday night's game. Reader Brian points out that the selection is based on Marmol's having been the pitcher with the next highest vote total.