"The baseball season is a grind," Hill said. "It's my belief that what we're trying to accomplish here, and what every team is trying to accomplish, is bigger than one person and everybody has to be accountable to what they bring to the ballpark every day. Twenty-four other guys, the coaching staff, the organization and fans are counting on you.
"It's tough because it is every day," Hill said. "It's a grind. Nothing's come easy for us. You're going to go through those days. We can regroup tomorrow and have a nice refresher."
And getting Soto back?
"It'll definitely help to get his bat back in the lineup," Hill said.
The Cubs and Rockies split a brief two-game series in April at Wrigley Field. Former Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis, a 12-game winner who is slated to go Saturday against Ryan Dempster, picked up a win in the second game of that early meeting.
CHC: RHP Carlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.35 ERA)
Zambrano had to come out of his last start after three innings because of back stiffness. He gave up two runs on three hits in the brief outing, his shortest of the season. He will be vying for his fourth straight win. On the road, Zambrano is 5-2 with a 3.17 ERA. The right-hander is winless in three starts at Coors Field. COL: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 3.76 ERA)
Was the gun at Great American Ball Park a little off Saturday night? It clocked Jimenez as reaching 100 mph on multiple occasions. But that actually wasn't important. Jimenez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba realized the Reds were sitting on his fastball, no matter how hard he threw it. So Jimenez went eight innings and didn't let a runner past first base after the second inning. He struck out eight in a 6-2 Rockies victory. In his next start, Jimenez will face the Cubs at Coors Field, where he is 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA. Tidbits
Ryan Theriot is expected back in the lineup Friday. He was held out of Wednesday's game after suffering a bruise on his right arm when he was hit by a pitch. ... Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for infielder Aaron Miles, who was activated from the disabled list Wednesday. ... WGN Radio's Ron Santo will miss the weekend series. Dave Otto will fill in. ... J.R. Mathes gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits over six innings in Iowa's 3-1 loss to New Orleans. So Taguchi had two hits, including a solo homer. ... Hung-Wen Chen gave up five runs on six hits over three innings in Tennessee's 9-8 loss to Carolina. ... Brett Jackson, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, hit his first home run in Peoria's 7-4, 14-inning win over Beloit. Jackson had three hits and three RBIs. DJ LeMahieu had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs. Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... Hak-Ju Lee and Logan Watkins each homered for Boise in a 6-4 loss to Everett. Tickets
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Saturday: Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 5-5, 4.09) at Rockies (Jason Marquis, 12-7, 3.49), 7:10 p.m. CT
Sunday: Cubs (Randy Wells, 8-4, 2.73) at Rockies (Jason Hammel, 6-6, 4.62), 2:10 p.m. CT
Monday: Cubs (Tom Gorzelanny, 4-1, 3.38) at Rockies (TBD), 7:40 p.m. CT
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.