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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, June 14 (All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (27-38) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-37), 3:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.70) Philadelphia - David Buchanan (1-3, 6.08)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs haven't won a series in Philadelphia since 2001. They haven't won consecutive road games since April 3 (Pittsburgh) and April 11 (St. Louis).
Jimmy Rollins will not only try to help the Phillies bounce back from last night's loss, but the veteran shortstop could make history Saturday and prevent the Cubs from securing a series victory.
Last night, Rollins tied Mike Schmidt for the most hits in franchise history with 2,234 on his double off the right-field wall to start the ninth inning. The Phillies, though, lost by a 2-1 score to have their three-game winning streak snapped.
Since the beginning of the 2002 season, Philadelphia is 17-3-5 in 25 series against the Cubs, including a 9-0-3 series record at home. The Phillies have not lost a home series to the Cubs since a three-game set from April 6-8, 2001 (1-2).
The Cubs can finally end that drought today with Edwin Jackson the mound. Jackson hasn't pitched well against the Phillies in his career, as evidenced by a 1-5 mark with a 5.60 ERA in six starts. Jackson is coming off his third loss in four starts, a 6-2 defeat at Pittsburgh on Monday when he gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings.
David Buchanan also has struggled of late, losing three straight starts since winning in his major league debut May 24 against the Dodgers. The Philly righty suffered a 4-1 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday after yielding six hits and four runs in six frames.
Jake Arrieta spun seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball in last night's game for the Cubs. Arrieta (2-1), who has allowed more than one run in just two of his eight starts this year, walked only one batter while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.
"It looked like his ball had a lot of life," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He was obviously commanding the zone."
Starlin Castro blasted a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo walked twice and scored a run for the Cubs, who snapped a two-game skid.
Roberto Hernandez (2-5), who lasted 5 2/3 innings before being ejected after hitting Castro in the elbow with a pitch, allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning five to absorb the loss.
"We weren't trying to hit anybody, Hernandez wasn't trying to hit anybody," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "Typically there's a warning if he thinks it's on purpose."
The Phillies and Cubs have split four meetings this season.
06/14 10:36:49 ET