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“Big Z” had his worst start of the season, getting pulled with no outs in the fifth in the Cubs’ 7-6 loss to Pittsburgh on May 17. Zambrano gave up three runs in the inning and was off-kilter from the start. He gave up seven hits and five runs (four earned), walking three and striking out three. He hasn’t lost since April 11, when he gave up five runs in six innings against the Phillies. He also broke a bat over his right knee after striking out at the plate.
Zach Duke – Despite leaving with a lead, Duke didn’t pick up a decision in his last start. He allowed three runs early, but settled in to allow just one in his final five innings of work. The left-hander will be facing the Cubs for the second consecutive start and will take the same approach into this game as he did into the last. Duke mixed up his pitches and limited the number of first-pitch fastballs that he threw in order to keep the free-swinging Cubs off balance.
- Has a wicked curveball that left-handed hitters have trouble handling. His fastball tops out at around 93 m.p.h. Keeps a quiet focus while on the mound.
- Needs to improve his change-up, which will help him against right-handed hitters. Tends to get hit hard in the early innings of his starts.
- A decent mid-rotation starter.
- 1-0, 2.92 in last 12.1IP
News & Notes
- Nathan Samson was 3-for-4
- Brandon Guyer hit 2 extra-base hits
- Jose Ceda allowed one run in 5 innings pitched
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Omaha (3-8)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Mississippi (0-6)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Tampa (0-5)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Won vs Quad Cities (7-1)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.