Friendly Confines | 2:20 | Snell vs. Rich Hill | Box
It is over in Wrigley. Rich Hill looked pretty good. Ian Snell was also solid, but was undone by four consecutive hits to start the home half of the 4th.
Kerry Wood tossed a very impressive 9th (caught the last inning at O’Hare). His ball was jumping.
Silver lining – Nate McLouth extended his hitting streak with a circuit clout.
The Pride of Delaware goes for his third straight win of 2008. Among all clubs against whom has tossed 40 or more innings, he has the highest career ERA vs. the Wriglies. His career ERA vs. Chicago is 5.36. He is 1-4 in six starts (8 total appearances). He is 0-1 lifetime at Wrigley.
The current Cubs roster is hitting a robust .358 vs. Snell. Alfonso Soriano is 6-12 with three bombs. Thankfully for the Pirates, Soriano will miss the game with a calf injury. Derrek Lee has knocked in six runs in 18 ABs. Lee is near the top of the leader board in all three Triple Crown categories right now.
In his last appearance, Rich Hill was erratic. He walked four and gave up three hits in three innings of work. The Cubs got him off the hook by getting to Matt Morris who was running out of steam. Following that out, he was temporarily removed from the rotation and hasn’t pitched since then.
Hill’s career mark against the Pirates is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in six starts. Both Jason Bay (0-12) and Jose Bautista (0-14) will be looking for their first career hit against Hill. That doesn’t bode well for Bautista, who is struggling mightily, as reported by the Post-Gazette.