Chicago Cubs look for series win in San Francisco

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Jose Quintana
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 23: Jose Quintana /

After securing a 5-3 win Monday night, the Chicago Cubs look to make it two in a row tonight against the San Francisco Giants.

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The last time the Chicago Cubs (59-52) came to AT&T Field, it was a much different story. The San Francisco Giants (44-70) edged out the New York Mets in the Wild Card game to earn a spot in the NLDS.

Now, less than a year later, the Giants are struggling. The Cubs pounced all over Matt Moore last night in a 5-3 to increase their lead to 1 1/2 games over the Milwaukee Brewers. Yes, that was the same Matt Moore that blanked the Cubs for eight innings in Game 4 last October. What a difference a year makes.

With Madison Baumgarner looming tomorrow afternoon, the Cubs are hoping to clinch a series win in another late night first pitch in San Francisco.

Pitching Match-up

Jose Quintana (6-9, 4.42 ERA) will make his fifth start as a Cub and is looking to rebound from a six-run outing against the Diamonbacks. Coming off his worst start as a Cub, the lefty hopes to execute his pitches more effectively. In his last few starts, Quintana has been giving up a lot of hard contact early in the game, causing an elevated pitch count. His curveball gets the sixth most swings and misses and he is looking to use that pitch to stun the Giants hitters.

He will be opposed by rookie Ty Blach (7-7 4.24). Despite mediocre numbers, Blach tossed eight innings of two-run ball in his last outing and has a 3.34 ERA since the start of July. Blach faced the Cubs earlier in the year, allowing just three runs in seven innings of work and recording the win. The Cubs hope to fare a little better against him this time around and continue their success against left-handed pitchers.


With another lefty on the mound, the Cubs line-up is very similar to yesterday. Kyle Schwarber sits in favor of Albert Almora Jr.

Here is how the Giants stack up against Quintana

First pitch is set for 9:15 Central time on CSN Chicago and WSCR 670 The Score. Nationally, the game will also be available on MLB Network.