National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, September 29th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (59-98) at Arizona Diamondbacks (79-78), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Justin Germano (2-9, 6.18)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (12-12, 3.86)
(Sports Network) - Trevor Cahill will attempt to push his season record back
above .500 on Saturday when the Arizona Diamondbacks resume a three-game
series with the Chicago Cubs.
The 24-year-old Cahill, acquired from the Oakland Athletics this past
offseason, is 12-12 with a 3.86 earned run average in 31 starts this season.
He won three straight outings to move past the even mark, but is coming off a
loss to the hosting Colorado Rockies on Monday.
Cahill was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and a walk
over six innings. He struck out six in a 4-2 setback.
The righty has split two career decisions with the Cubs, posting a 5.73 ERA.
The loss came this season in Chicago on July 15 as he was touched for three
runs over 5 1/3 innings.
Justin Germano hopes to pick up his first victory since Aug. 15 against the
Houston Astros in tonight's start for the Cubs.
Germano has dropped seven straight start since, his most recent setback coming
on Sunday to the St. Louis Cardinals. The 30-year-old righty yielded four runs
on 10 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings, though it was his longest outing
since going 6 1/3 frames in the win over the Astros.
Germano is 2-9 with a 6.18 ERA in 12 games since joining the Cubs and 2-1
lifetime versus the Diamondbacks with a 5.24 ERA.
Arizona won the opener of this set 8-3, but was still knocked out of playoff
contention for the fourth time in five seasons after the St. Louis Cardinals
defeated the Washington Nationals on Friday.
"It didn't work out the way we wanted to," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson
said of his team's season. "I think we did it the right way. We weren't good
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and Adam Eaton had three hits and an RBI for
Arizona, which had lost three of four and was without first baseman Paul
Goldschmidt due to a sore back.
Ian Kennedy won his fourth straight decision as he gave up three runs on four
hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Dave Sappelt hit a two-run home run and Starlin Castro drove in a run for the
Cubs, who have lost six straight and 10 of their last 11. They set a franchise
record with their 57th road loss of the season and are 0-17 on the road
against the NL West this season.
Travis Wood took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits with three
walks in five innings.
Chicago, which is two defeats after from its first 100-loss season since 1956,
also saw second baseman Darwin Barney's streak of 141 straight games without
an error come to an end in the loss. Barney's run had tied the single-season
record by a second baseman set by the Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco in 2007.
"It had to end at some point," said Barney. "It's a funny game."
The Diamondbacks and Cubs have traded three-game sweeps as the host in the
previous two sets against each other this season.
09/29 10:29:58 ET