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Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs, Jul 29, 2009 1:20 PM CDT

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4 game series vs Cubs @ Wrigley Field

Mon 07/27 WP: Jeff Samardzija (1 - 1)
LP: Chris Sampson (4 - 2)
1 - 5 loss
Tue 07/28 WP: Jeff Fulchino (4 - 3)
LP: Angel Guzman (2 - 2)
11 - 6 win

Houston Astros
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Mike Hampton vs Randy Wells

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

Complete Coverage >

Thu 07/30 1:20 PM CDT



Mike Hampton

#11 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

5-10

195

R

L

Sep 09, 1972



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Mike Hampton 6-7 17 17 0 0 0 0 95.0 101 54 50 9 38 64 4.74 1.46




Randy Wells

#36 / Pitcher / Chicago Cubs

6-3

230

R

R

Aug 28, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Randy Wells 6-4 14 14 0 0 0 0 87.0 82 31 30 8 19 59 3.10 1.16


Lineup

Houston Astros @ Chicago Cubs

07/29/09 1:20 PM CDT

Houston Astros Chicago Cubs
Michael Bourn - CF Reed Johnson - CF
Jeff Keppinger - 3B Ryan Theriot - SS
Miguel Tejada - SS Derrek Lee - 1B
Carlos Lee - LF Aramis Ramirez - 3B
Geoff Blum - 1B Milton Bradley - RF
Hunter Pence - RF Alfonso Soriano - LF
Ivan Rodriguez - C Jeff Baker - 2B
Kazuo Matsui - 2B Koyie Hill - C
Mike Hampton - P Randy Wells - P



NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
St. Louis 55 48 .533 0 Won 2
Chicago 52 46 .530 0.5 Lost 1
Houston 51 49 .510 2.5 Won 1
Milwaukee 49 51 .490 4.5 Lost 3
Cincinnati 45 54 .454 8 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 43 57 .430 10.5 Lost 4

(updated 7.29.2009 at 10:58 AM CDT)


Feel free to utilize the game thread as a host for any discussions y'all want to have before game time. A lot has happened in the past 16 hours, and I'm sure everyone has a point or two they'd like to make about everything.

Via Alsyon Footer, Edwin Maysonet has been sent down to make room for Bud Norris. Interesting. Yet, Matt Kata is still a Houston Astro..

Wow. What a tumultuous game last night was. Our best pitcher exits in the second with an injury, the guy that replaces him walks five in 2.1 innings, and the pitching staff as a whole walks nine total Cubs. Offensively, Jeff Kepp, Mike Bourn and Miguel Tejada put their hittin' shoes on and whalloped the Cubs' pitching staff all night long. Geoff Blum, Chris Coste, H. Pence and El Caballo all contributed to the cause, en route to a strange/gratifying/scary/potentially disastrous 11-6 win.

There will be a couple of new faces on today's roster, with Doug Brocail returning from injury and much heralded prospect Bud Norris making his first big league roster. Hell, with the way our relief pitchers have been going down, odds are good that he may have to make his first big league appearance either today or tomorrow. Alberto Arias and Chris Sampson were our only relievers who didn't have to pitch last night. They may not be fresh as daisies but compared to the rest, their numbers will be the first to be called if Mike Hampton runs into trouble.