6/6 Silva's plan: "I just pitch my game"

Carlos Silva will try to stay unbeaten against the Pirates on Monday in the Cubs’ makeup game. Silva got a few extra days rest between starts; he last pitched May 29. The Cubs are 1-7 against the pesky Pirates. What’s Silva’s plan?

“I just pitch my game,” Silva said. “Go there, pitch my game.”

He is the first Cubs pitcher ever to go 7-0 (or better) in his first 10 career starts with the team. The last pitcher to do so was CC Sabathia, who went 8-0 in 2008 with the Brewers. In his last outing, Silva set a career high with 11 strikeouts over the Cardinals.

Silva is looking to be the first Cubs starter to open the season 8-0 since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967.

He has not faced the Pirates since 2003, and has not given up a run to them in 9 2/3 innings (five relief appearances). This year, Silva has thrown six or more innings in seven of his 10 starts, and is second on the team with seven quality starts.

The Cubs juggled their rotation so Ted Lilly and Randy Wells did not face the Pirates. Lilly has started three games against them this year, and is 0-2.

Only three Pirates have faced Silva: Ryan Church (2-for-2), Bobby Crosby (5-for-26) and Aki Iwamura (2-for-7). The Cubs’ only win against the Pirates this season was May 16 when Tyler Colvin delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

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