Game 115 Thread / Astros @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Brandon Backe||SP||Jason Marquis|
6-10, 4.72, 100 K, 56 BB, 129.2 IP
|6-7. 4.68, 64 K, 45 BB, 117.1 IP|
|2B||#Kaz Matsui||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||Hunter Pence||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|1B||#Lance Berkman||1B||Derrek Lee|
|LF||Carlos Lee||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|SS||#Geoff Blum||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|3B||Ty Wigginton||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|CF||*Darin Erstad||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||Humberto Quintero||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Brandon Backe||P||*Jason Marquis|
What a surprise!
I returned Tuesday night from a wonderful vacation on the East Coast, and based on the news mix I got from the all-sports radio station in Boston, I assumed all of MLB had gone on hiatus while the Red Sox negotiated their divorce arrangements with Manny Ramirez.
Turns out the Cubs had, in fact, stayed busy, eviscerating the Brewers and taking two-of-three from the Bayless Bucs while building a 5-game lead in the Central. This afternoon they try to even up their season mark against Houston—currently they're 5-6—while capturing yet another series win. In 18 series so far this year at Wrigley, the Cubs are 14-3-1.
Jason Marquis, winless in his last six starts (0-4, 5.25), goes for the home team. Brandon Backe, the losingest pitcher on Cecil Cooper's staff, has an ND and loss against the Cubs this season.