pnc parkIf memory serves, the last two times Jeff Samardzija has faced the Pirates, he has absolutely dominated them. He’ll have the against-lefty lineup behind him once again, with Julio Borbon leading off for the second straight game.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (18-26) at Pittsburgh Pirates (27-18), 6:05 CT on WGN.

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.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs tickets for this or another series, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.05 K/BB)

versus

Francisco Liriano (2-0, 1.64 ERA, 3.20 K/BB)

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Starling Marte, LF

2. Travis Snider, RF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Garrett Jones, 1B

5. Neil Walker, 2B

6. Russell Martin, C

7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B

8. Jody Mercer, SS

9. Francisco Liriano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Julio Borbon, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Scott Hairston, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Cody Ransom, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P



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