Chicago (36-47) has always struggled against Arizona (32-51), going 36-52 from that franchise’s 1998 inception through last season. After Arizona won the teams’ first meeting of 2010, however, the Cubs have responded with a total of 10 homers and 37 runs to easily take the next four.
“It was a good game for us,” manager Lou Piniella said. “Offensively, we put some runs on the board, we hit the ball with some power, we hit with men on base. Good to see.”
Alfonso Soriano(notes) could be back in the lineup after he went 4 for 23 last week during a seven-game homestand. Soriano delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer Monday, and is 8 for 12 with five homers and 12 RBIs over the Cubs’ last four games against Arizona.
Derrek Lee(notes) also did not start Monday after going 3 for 25 on the homestand. Aramis Ramirez(notes) returned to the Chicago lineup after missing two games with a sprained left thumb, and had a single in four at-bats.
The Cubs will give the ball to their top starter in Silva (8-2, 2.96 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 3.04 ERA while receiving four total runs of support in his last four starts - all team losses - after winning his previous six. Chicago won all 10 of Silva’s starts from April 16-June 7.
The right-hander allowed two runs over 7 2-3 innings last Thursday in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Cincinnati. Silva turned in his worst outing as a Cub on May 1 in a 7-5 win over Arizona, allowing a season-high five runs over five innings and not receiving a decision.
The Diamondbacks have lost three straight since winning Kirk Gibson’s managerial debut last Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona has totaled six runs in the three losses.
“For me, the most frustrating part is I want the guys to feel the success for the work they have put in, but the game just doesn’t do that sometimes,” Gibson said. “That is kind of the way things have been going around here now, but we are identifying that area that we need to make an adjustment.”
Arizona rookie Barry Enright(notes) (1-0, 1.80) will make his second start. His major league debut was a success last Wednesday, as he gave up one run over five innings to earn a 4-2 victory at St. Louis.
“Very surreal feeling,” Enright said. “Just to be up on that mound, it’s kind of everything you’ve worked for.”
The 24-year-old right-hander will remain in the rotation, replacing an ineffective Dontrelle Willis(notes). A second-round draft pick in 2007, Enright was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 14 starts at Double-A Mobile this season.