Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Braden Looper – Braden Looper has shown no problem making the adjustment from a reliever to a starter. After his last start against the Brewers, Looper said he didn’t have good command or good stuff. That could be a bit scary for the Cubs, considering he shut down a powerful Brewers lineup, allowing just two runs in six innings.

Ted Lilly – Lilly should’ve gotten the win in his last start against the Reds. The lefty gave up one run on two hits over six innings and struck out 10 in his ninth career double-digit strikeout game. His career high for K’s is 13, accomplished on Aug. 23, 2004, against Boston. Lilly has one career start against St. Louis, and did not allow a run in seven innings. The Cubs can only hope he keeps up that streak.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Braden Looper – ESPN Splits


Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Buck Coats (AAA) 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, (.196avg)
Carlos Marmol (AAA) 7IP, 1ER, 3H, 2BB, 8K, WIN (1.65ERA)
Donald Veal (AA) 4.1IP, 4ER, 6H, 3BB, 3K, LOSS (9.00ERA)
Chris Amador (High-A) 3-5, SB, CS, PO, (.340avg)
Matt Matulia (High-A) 2-5, RBI, SB, (.377avg)
Jose Pina (Low-A) G#1 4.2IP, 1ER, 6H, 2BB, 2K, (1.86ERA)
Rafael Dolis (Low-A) G#2 5IP, 1ER, 4H, 2BB, 2K, WIN (3.21ERA)

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