Brandon Webb will take the mound for the Diamondbacks. The right-hander
has struggled in the first inning of his starts this year, though he
was able to keep the Brewers off the board in the initial frame of his
The right-hander can only hope for the kind of support Randy Johnson
got Monday night when the D-Backs beat the Cubs, 9-0.
Lost amid Johnson's performance and a tape-measure homer by Richie
Sexson was the fact that outfielder Danny Bautista extended his hitting
streak to 18 games with a single in the fourth inning. The streak is the
longest in the Majors this year.
matchup: CHC: RHP Sergio Mitre
1-0, 2.89 ERA in 2004
Has never faced ARI
ARI: RHP Brandon Webb
1-1, 2.74 ERA in 2004
0-0, 1.93 ERA career vs. Cubs
Players to watch
Sexson -- The slugger hit a couple of balls back up the middle
Monday and when he does that, it's usually a sign he's locked in.
"Good defense, some offense and the rest is the 'Richie Sexson Show'." -- Johnson on Monday's gameOn the Internet MLB.TV Gameday Audio
CHC: WGN 720
Bautista's streak is tied for the fourth-longest in team history. He is
one behind Matt Williams for third place. Luis Gonzalez owns the club
mark of 30 games set in 1999. ... Johnson now has three combined
shutouts against the Cubs in his career. Randy Choate pitched the final two
innings of Monday's game. ... Johnson is 22 games shy of Nolan Ryan's
record for most double-digit strikeout games. Ryan had 215 games with 10
or more strikeouts.
The Bank One Ballpark roof should be open for Tuesday's game. Fans can
always check on the roof status by calling (602) 379-ROOF.
April 27-28: vs. Cubs
April 29: Off Day
April 30-May 2: at Philadelphia
Steve Gilbert is a
reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.