After opening their series against the Houston Astros with a shutout victory, the Chicago Cubs will turn the ball over to Matt Garza this afternoon. In the series-opener, Paul Maholm was dazzling on the mound, throwing 8.1 shutout innings and striking out six batters to improve his record to 5-6.
Garza has been solid over his past five starts, allowing three earned runs or less in each of his appearances. Garza picked up a loss in his last outing, although he allowed only three earned runs and struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings.
|1. David DeJesus (L) CF||1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF|
|2. Starlin Castro (R) SS||2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS|
|3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B||3. Carlos Lee (R) 1B|
|4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF||4. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF|
|5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF||5. Chris Johnson (R) 3B|
|6. Geovany Soto (R) C||6. Jason Castro (L) C|
|7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B||7. J.D. Martinez (R) LF|
|8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B||8. Scott Moore (L) 2B|
|9. Matt Garza (R) P||9. J.A. Happ (L) P|
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