Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 15th vs. Pirates

GameCastZach Duke (9-10, 3.40 ERA) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 6.23 ERA)

Story Lines

Yesterday was just what the doctor ordered. I mean, maybe it was a little overkill, but fun nonetheless. Of course taking Game 1 was a must, but Game 2 will not be easy. The Cubs have faced Duke twice this season and scored a total of five runs off him in 14 innings. They won both games, but a third time might be a bit harder if Duke is on his game.

For the Cubs, Gorzelanny heads back to the mound for, hopefully, his last start of the season. With Ted Lilly due back Monday, and Carlos Zambrano right after that, Tom will likely head to Iowa for a few weeks, or to the bullpen. We can only hope that his start in Colorado was just a bad day, because the Cubs really need to win this game.

It looks like Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley will be both be back in the lineup today against the Pirates. Ramirez was sent home Friday with a sore throat, and Bradley was held out with a sore hip. Good thing we didn't need either one of them today.

Who's Hot

Derrek Lee - Lee scored twice, had three hits (two doubles) and seven RBI.....in four innings. That's how bad the Pirates were yesterday. He's up to .290 on the season with 81 RBI. Not a bad season for the "washed up" Lee.

Ryan Theriot - Theriot remains on a tear after yesterday's three hit day. He pushed his average to .302.

Sam Fuld - Fuld had two hits and two walks yesterday, but somehow managed not to pick up a RBI. Fuld has been the perfect part time player for the Cubs, or maybe he should play for Alfonso Soriano.

Who's Not

Mike Fontenot/Aaron Miles -
Both guys came into the game late and went 0-for-4 combined. It looks like it is Jeff Baker the rest of the way.

Conclusions

The Cubs need to win, and beating Zach Duke a third time might give them a little momentum heading into the road trip where they will start with the Padres. Hopefully, Ramirez and Bradley bounce back tomorrow and the Cubs breeze to another victory.

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