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Houston Astros
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Randy Wolf vs Ryan Dempster

Cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 65.

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Think of it this way. The Cubs have won seven of their last 11 games, in this sequence:

WWWWWWWLLLLWhat if those 11 games had gone:

WWWLWWLLWWLYou wouldn't be so worried then, would you?

There's a chance of rain tonight, but they had better get tonight's game in, because even though both the Cubs and Astros are off tomorrow, we are supposed to get the remnants of Hurricane Gustav in the Chicago area tomorrow, with heavy rain and wind.

In the meantime, there were actually a few things from last night's game worth memorializing with a photo:

But I don't WANNA go!
Brandon Backe being taken out by Cecil Cooper in the 5th. Cooper almost had to yank the ball out of Backe's hand.

Which ball?
Jim Edmonds leaping and missing a catch on Hunter Pence's drive in the 6th. When he came down, a BP ball came out of the ivy.

A non-memorable debut, at that
Casey McGehee's ML debut announced on the message board. Not-So-Mighty Casey struck out.

I'm not keeping THIS one.
A fan in the bleacher boxes throws back Geoff Blum's 11th inning HR ball

Click on photos to open a larger version in a new browser window. All photos by David Sameshima

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
R. Dempster
Cubs
vs. Randy Wolf
R.
Wolf

Astros
15-5 W-L 8-11
2.95 ERA 4.73
160 SO 134
69 BB 64
11 HR 18
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ryan Dempster 15-5 28 28 1 0 0 0 176.2 142 65 58 11 69 160 2.95 1.19


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Randy Wolf 2-1 7 7 0 0 0 0 38.1 41 22 20 4 17 29 4.70 1.51

Above are Wolf's numbers with the Astros only; see the pitcher box for his combined full season stats.

And even though most of the current Cubs haven't hit Wolf that well -- the best are Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, both .250 with 1 HR -- Wolf has a 2-6, 4.98 lifetime record in 13 starts vs. the Cubs and 1-4, 5.36 at Wrigley Field, including being hit early and often earlier this year when he was with the Padres, eight hits and seven runs in four innings, including a HR by Alfonso Soriano.

Ryan Dempster pitched on Tornado Day, August 4, and gave up two runs in five innings and had to be removed after the long rain delay. Two weeks earlier, he threw eight shutout innings against the Astros in Houston. Lance Berkman has homered off him four times in 43 career AB.

Today's game is on CSN and FSN Houston. Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

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