The Cubs are still trying to win a game out West this year. Tonight’s matchup might be their best bet – not that Ian Kennedy stinks or anything, but Travis Wood has been awfully hot this month.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (59-97) at Colorado Rockies (78-78), 8:40 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (6-12, 4.23 ERA, 4.73 FIP)


Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.14 ERA, 4.07 FIP)

Arizona Diamondbacks Lineup

1. Adam Eaton, CF

2. Aaron Hill, 2B

3. Justin Upton, RF

4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

5. Cody Ransom, 3B

6. Wil Nieves, C

7. A.J. Pollock, LF

8. John McDonald, SS

9. Ian Kennedy, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Dave Sappelt, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • justinjabs

    I definitely need to get back in time for this game. I haven’t been tuning in as much as I would like to. Barney going for the record tonight!!

  • Brick Thompson

    Homer Bailey with a No hitter!!!

  • Kevin

    The Cubs currently hold the record for the longest stretch without being no-hit.
    The Cubs were last no-hit back on September 9, 1965 against Sandy Koufax.

    • Drew7

      Who threw a one-hitter for the Cubs that same game, Kevin? No looking it up!

  • Kevin

    Good question, didn’t realize that happened. I’ll guess Fergie.

    • Drew7

      Good guess, but it was Bob Hendley(sp?).

      Unless I’m mistaken, the hit he gave up had nothing to do with the run, either (something like a BB, SB, bunt, SF).

  • lou brock lives

    That was left hander Bob Hendley who threw the 1 hitter – a Sweet Lou Johnson double – that night in L.A. I was listening to the game that night as a 13 year old Cub fan in bed with my transistor radio next to my ear.
    By the way you read it here first the Cubs will choose Sean Manaea LHP from Indiana State with their pick in the first round next June. In Cape Cod league summer of 2012 check out these stats : W 5 L 1 1.22 ERA .055 WHIP 51 innings 21 hits 7 BB 85 K’s in a hitter’s league this year. This kid is 6’5″ & 215 lbs. & throws 91 – 94 with ease at 21 years of age. Scouts are comparing him to Rays Matt Moore but with size & a higher ceiling.

    • Kevin

      They definately need a good #1 pitcher. I’ve seen his name in some of the mock drafts.

    • Stinky Pete

      After a quick review of mock drafts and skimpy scouting reports, Manaea is the guy I like. Here’s to hoping!

    • Kyle

      Still hoping we avoid a pitcher altogether. They are simply too fickle at that age to be worth risking that high of a pick on, especially without any ace-quality potential out there.

  • Kevin

    The game was also notable for the high quality of the performance by the opposing pitcher, Bob Hendley of the Cubs. Hendley pitched a one-hitter and allowed only two batters to reach base. Both pitchers had no-hitters intact until the seventh inning. The only run that the Dodgers scored was unearned. The game holds the record for fewest base runners (both teams), with two; the next lowest total is four.

  • http://Yes Dude

    After tonight, 4 is the magic number. Really want that # 2 pick.

  • Sircub

    Darwin! Noooooo!

  • Tommy

    Barney – error. It was a good run.

  • Kevin

    Is it true the Cubs get the #2 pick if they end up with the same record as the Rockies?

    • Kyle

      Yes. The tiebreaker is previous year’s record (2011).

  • Brick Thompson

    of course barney didnt break the record….