Gameday Thread, #88: 7/15 vs. Cubs

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Trevor Cahill
RHP, 7-7, 3.64


Matt Garza
RHP, 4-7, 4.32

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
-- Acts 20:35

I never had Jesus down as a baseball analyst, but I guess he must have been talking about sweeps - makes sense, the Cubs being "the weak". We gave them a good sweeping just before the break, but we now find ourselves with the cleat on the other foot, and Chicago looking to return the favor. They've outscored us by a total of 12-2, having held the D-backs to one run in each of the first two games, with Arizona going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Better is required on both sides of our game if we are to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

No-one volunteered for the guest recap on this one. I'm perfectly fine with that - not going anywhere - but if there are any late expressions of interest, speak up in the comments. Line-up after the jump.

  1. Willie Bloomquist 3B
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Stephen Drew SS
  5. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  6. Miguel Montero C
  7. Chris Young CF
  8. Gerardo Parra RF
  9. Trevor Cahill P

Some crazy games around the division last night. Both the Dodgers and Giants blew ninth-inning leads in weird fashion: definitely check out the highlights. A dropped third strike with two outs in San Francisco let former D-back Chris Snyder reach, and the throw to first went wide, allowing the Astros to score the tying run. Weirder still, in Los Angeles, the Padres had a straight steal of home to tie the game - - the umpire initially called the runner safe, even though Kenley Jansen's pitch sailed to the backstop, allowing the go-ahead run to score too. SF did win, but LA lost, leaving us 5.5 back now. Can't afford to fall any further...

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