GAME NIGHT: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs
When: 2:20 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Cubs followed a long rough stretch, combining some much-needed victories.
Now, the Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping to do the same.
After finishing their longest losing streak of the season, the visiting Diamondbacks continue their four-game set against the Cubs on Friday.
Arizona beat Chicago 4-3 in Phoenix on May 13, then dropped six straight before a 3-1 win against the Cubs on Thursday.
Dalton single homer of the year gave up a three-run fourth inning and five diamondback pitchers for a total of four hits.
After 14 defeats in 17 games, the Cubs went down to two in a row, winning four in a row and six in eight.
Barsho is batting .308 (for 20-65) in his last 17 matches with three home runs and eight RBIs. During a seven-game hit streak against the Cubs, the year 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers – all on Wrigley Field – and nine RBIs.
The Arizona Starting Pitchers are 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA in four games this season against Chicago, batting .169 as a team against them.
Cubs Rafael Ortega and Patrick Wisdom each team up singles homers from starter Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 4.15 ERA) on Sunday, scheduled for Arizona. The right-hander gave up just two runs in 5 1/3 innings in the 3-2 defeat of the Diamondbacks. He made five hits and gave up walking while making five wings.
Castellanos has not completed six innings in any of his six starts this season. However, at the start of May 3 he was 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA.
“(Castellanos) is doing exactly what you want a fifth starter to do,” said Diamondbacks manager Tori Lovullo. “You want him to be able to give you a chance to win a baseball game every fifth day.
“She’s been wonderful to us.”
Frank Swindell has been batting -2 vs. Castellanos for 1 last weekend.313 (10 for 32) with three doubles and five RBIs in his last eight contests.
Although Drew Smiley and Marcus Strowman have allowed five combined runs in 9 1/3 innings in the last two games of the Cubes, the Chicago openers have a 2.63 ERA in the last 10.
Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.03 ERA) will look for a third strong outing directly as he picks up the ball on Friday. This experienced right-hander allowed 10 runs in 10 combined innings against Milwaukee against the Chicago White Sox on April 29 and May 4.
Since then, Hendricks has given up just one run in 14 1/3 innings of his last two outings. That lone run came in 5 2/3 innings when they didn’t factor in Chicago’s 4-2 win in Arizona on Saturday.
“We’re going to go as far as our starting rotation goes,” says cub catcher Ian Gomes. “You’re starting to see that the boys are in their rhythm and don’t fall apart as quickly as we used to.”
Hendrix 4-2 with a 2.94 ERA at the start of eight careers against Diamondbacks 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three outings at Wrigley Field.
Promising Arizona rookie Alec Thomas, a product from Chicago, went to -3 for Hendricks vs. 2 last weekend, and Borsho was -3 for 1 against him. Christian Walker 4-for-10 against Hendrix for his career.
Stats and Records
|5/19/22||ARI 3||CHC 1||.188||1||.525||.125||0||.431|
|Chi. Cubs||F. Schwindel||.333||5||.733|
|Chi. Cubs||P. Wisdom||1||2||1|
|Chi. Cubs||I. Happ||.272||31||.786|
|Chi. Cubs||P. Wisdom||6||18||17|