Final
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Cubs look to clinch series and keep pace in the NL Central

Sep 13, 2007 - 1:24 PM Chicago Cubs (74-71) at Houston (63-82) 8:05 pm EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) - The Chicago Cubs look to keep pace in the National League Central when they visit the Houston Astros in the finale of a three-game series on Thursday.

After dropping the series opener on Tuesday, the Cubs came back to earn a 3-2 victory on Wednesday behind seven solid innings from lefthander Rich Hill. The win pushed Chicago back into a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers (74-71) for first place in the division. The St. Louis Cardinals (69-74) fell four games back.

The Cubs turn to struggling veteran Steve Trachsel (6-10, 4.78 ERA). Since being acquired from Baltimore on August 31, Trachsel has lost both of his starts with Chicago.

Trachsel was knocked out of a start against Pittsburgh last Sunday after just two innings, allowing six runs and six hits. The long-time National Leaguer is 7-7 with a 4.80 ERA in 17 career starts against the Astros.

Houston will counter with its own veteran righthander in Woody Williams (8-14, 4.93). The 41-year-old Houston native is 0-2 over his last three starts after running off an impressive stretch of four starts in which he went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA.

He allowed one run and four hits in five innings against the Cubs in a no decision on September 2, and owns a 4-9 record with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games - 19 starts - against them in his career.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHN - STEVE TRACHSEL, SCOTT EYRE (6TH), KERRY WOOD (7TH), CARLOS
    MARMOL (8TH) AND JASON KENDALL
    HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS, TREVER MILLER (8TH), DENNIS
    SARFATE (9TH) AND

    Sep 13 10:42 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CLIFF FLOYD (7) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF WOODY WILLIAMS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 6, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A RAMIREZ (.316, 1-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Cubs vs. AstrosSep 13 9:57 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DARYLE WARD (3) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF WOODY WILLIAMS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 5, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: J KENDALL (.291, 1-FOR-2)

    Cubs vs. AstrosSep 13 9:21 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MARK LORETTA (4) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF STEVE TRACHSEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 4, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: E MUNSON (.231, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs vs. AstrosSep 13 9:13 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (28) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF STEVE TRACHSEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 4, HOUSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LAMB (.291, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs vs. AstrosSep 13 9:07 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 4 5 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 1 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHN - STEVE TRACHSEL
    HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.326, 14 HR, 58 RBI)
    C BIGGIO (.252, 10 HR, 47 RBI)
    L BERKMAN (.276, 29 HR, 90 RBI

    Cubs vs. AstrosSep 13 8:18 PM