The Cubs couldn't figure out Trevor Cahill on Saturday, but they'll get one last shot at Arizona on Sunday afternoon. They'll be facing the Diamonbacks in their final road game of the 2012 season.
Chris Rusin is scheduled to start for the Cubs on Sunday. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his first taste of the major leagues. He has struggled even more of late, with an 8.56 ERA in his last three starts.
The Diamondbacks will be sending a right-hander to the mound for Sunday's game. Josh Collmenter will get the start for Arizona, he's currently 5-3 this season with a 3.80 ERA. Collmenter has boasted an excellent strikeout to walk ratio in 2012, and that has been the basis of his success. He's got extreme flyball tendencies though, so keeping the ball in the yard will be a focus for the young righty.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT from Chase Field in Arizona. The game will be televised on WGN, and the radio broadcast will be carried by WGN 720. After the game, the Cubs will head back to Chicago for their final series of 2012. They'll face the Astros in Houston's last action as a National League club.
The Diamondbacks took the lead early, and they'd cruise to the comfortable win over the Cubs on Saturday night. Trevor Cahill made his last start of 2012 a memorable one, going the distance and allowing only four hits while striking out nine. He'd allow two earned runs, both coming on an Alfonso Soriano home run in the top of the ninth. He'd also chip in with a pair of RBI, going 1-3 and drawing a walk at the plate.
Justin Germano would fare very differently on Saturday night. The Cubs right-hander would last just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits (one home run) and a walk. He'd managed to strike out five batters on the night in the losing effort.
Justin Upton had a big day for the D'backs, going 2-4 with a home run and three RBI. Second baseman Aaron Hill chipped in with a 3-4 night which included a double and two RBI.
Chicago did very little at the plate on Saturday, but they would manage to plate two runs in their last turn at bat. Anthony Rizzo would draw a walk with one out in the top of the ninth and Alfonso Soriano would hit his 32nd home run of the season to account for all of Chicago's runs.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday in Chicago's final road game of the season. The Cubs will head home after that to close the 2012 season with a three-game set against the Astros. It will be Houston's final series as a member of the National League.
The Cubs have two more chances to avoid a dubious distinction.
They sit at 0-17 in road games against NL West teams in 2012, and with two more games against Arizona, they're looking to avoid becoming the first team to ever lose all of its games to one division.
Since MLB went with a divisional alignment in 1969, the worst record one team has had on the road against a division is 1-14, set by the Brewers this season against the NL East. Two more losses at Arizona, starting at 8:10 p.m. ET Saturday, would also give the Cubs 100 losses on the season.
The Cubs will start Justin Germano Saturday. He's looking for his first win in his last seven starts. During that stretch, he has a 7.86 ERA and hasn't completed six innings in any of them. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-3 loss to St. Louis Sept. 23.