National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 18th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (3-8) at Miami Marlins (5-6), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Matt Garza (1-0, 1.23)
Miami - Mark Buehrle (0-2, 3.65)
(Sports Network) - Veteran lefty Mark Buehrle makes his third start in a Miami
uniform - while still seeking a first win - when the Marlins host the Chicago
Cubs in the second of three games at Marlins Park.
On Tuesday, Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning
and the Marlins downed the Cubs, 5-2, in manager Ozzie Guillen's return to the
The game was played in Miami, a city and community which generally focused its
ire on Guillen after he spoke favorably of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an
interview with Time magazine. The club suspended their first-year manager five
games as a result and the Marlins lost two in a row to the Phillies before
taking two of three from the Astros over that span.
Josh Johnson allowed two runs in a seven-inning start on Tuesday, Steve Cishek
(1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win and Heath Bell picked up his first
save of the season.
Alfonso Soriano and Bryan LaHair had an RBI apiece for the Cubs, losers of
three straight. Ryan Dempster gave up two unearned runs in a six-inning start
and Rafael Dolis (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs - two earned - in
Buehrle, a 33-year-old from St. Charles, Mo., was a 13-game winner last season
and won 161 games overall with the Chicago White Sox since debuting with them
He made 390 appearances and 365 starts and won double-digit games for 11
straight seasons - including a career-high 19 in 2002.
He signed a four-year contract worth $54 million in the offseason and debuted
for Miami on April 5 in Cincinnati, allowing two runs on seven hits in six
innings of a 4-0 loss.
He gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings seven days later in
Philadelphia while dropping a 3-1 verdict.
Buehrle is 5-4 in 13 career starts against the Cubs.
Chicago counters with 28-year-old righty Matt Garza, who starts for the third
time this season and the first time in his career against Miami.
The former Tampa Bay Rays standout got a no-decision while allowing two runs
on five hits in six innings against Washington on April 7, then allowed three
hits in 8 2/3 scoreless innings in an 8-0 defeat of Milwaukee on April 12.
Garza, who won 15 games for the Rays in 2010, won 10 times for the Cubs last
season while trimming his earned run average from 3.91 to 3.32.
In 14 2/3 innings so far this season, he's walked three batters and struck out
Chicago has dropped each of its three series to open the season.
04/18 10:29:21 ET