Pregame Notes: Cubs look for series win on Wrigley Field birthday


Apr 22, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of a 100-year anniversary logo painted on the field as grounds crew members prepare the field before the game between the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The day is finally upon us.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Wrigley Field, which at the time was known as Weeghman Park. With countless festivities lined up to mark the occasion, perhaps none would be more joyous to Cubs fans than the club picking up its first series win of 2014.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.29 ERA) has four quality starts under his belt already this season, but shoddy performances by both the Cubs’ offense and bullpen has cost him any chance at a win so far. On Wednesday, he’ll look to change that – but, again, it will come down to the team’s ability to score runs. In four Samardzija starts, the offense has tallied just four runs.

Southpaw Wade Miley (2-2, 4.35 ERA) will take the ball for Arizona, coming off an impressive start against the Dodgers in which he allowed just one run on two hits in six innings.

WGN has the exclusive rights to today’s game on both radio and television, with WGN 720 AM carrying it over the airwaves and WGN broadcasting the game for television viewers.

First pitch is slated for 1:20 p.m. CT. Be sure to tune in to catch all the festivities.

Here are today’s lineups.