Jon Lieber and Scott Eyre threw in rehab outings with the AZL Cubs at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning, as Larry Rothschild, Lester Strode, and Carlos Zambrano (who was visiting buddy Angel Guzman) watched from the bench, and a gaggle of Cubs brass watched from the observation tower.
|SP||Johnny Cueto||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|7-8, 4.63, 91 K, 38 BB, 105 IP||9-3, 2.96 ERA, 73 K, 38 BB, 112.1 IP|
|CF||*Jay Bruce||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|SS||Jeff Keppinger||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|RF||*Ken Griffey Jr.||1B||Derrek Lee|
|2B||Brandon Phillips||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|LF||*Adam Dunn||C||Geovany Soto|
|3B||Edwin Encarnacion||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|1B||*Joey Votto||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|C||*Paul Bako||LF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Johnny Cueto||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
The amazing Wrigley Field All-Stars continue their tour through the Windy City with the Venezuelan Bull taking the mound against the Red Legs of Queen City and their proimising ace-in-waiting, Kid Cueto. Although he dazzled in his first two starts, he ended up with a 5.40 ERA in April and it wasn't until this past month that he put up the ERA that is expected of him, with a strong 3.47 for the month of June. This will be his second start versus the Northsiders, the first one resulting in a win for him and his team back in May.
Zambrano looked strong after a little disabled list rest and kept the Cardinals bats baffled in his start on Friday. He's been baffling the NL Central his entire career. His career won-loss record, ERA and innings pitched versus his Central foes.
|SP||Tim Hudson||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|7-4, 2.86 54 K, 23 BB, 91.1 IP||8-2, 3.01, 63 K, 29 BB, 92.2 IP|
|SS||Yunel Escobar||LF||*Eric Patterson|
|2B||*Kelly Johnson||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Chipper Jones||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||#Mark Teixeira||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|C||*Brian McCann||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|RF||Jeff Francoeur||C||Geovany Soto|
|LF||#Greg Norton||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|CF||*Gregor Blanco||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|P||Tim Hudson||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
I believe this is what our ancestors called a pitching duel. They probably called it that in 1948 as well, which is the year they will be honoring with today's "Turn back the clock" event. Both teams will break out the 1948 uniforms in honor of WGN's 60th anniversary. I hope they had a better logo in 1948 then they do now. To keep in the 1948 spirt, the first two innings will be broadcast in black and white with similar camera angles that they used back then and minimal graphics. I believe the plan is to add more graphics and cameras as the game goes on. Len and Bob will be wearing authentic 1948 garb as well.