American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, April 8th
(All times eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (5-1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (2-3), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Travis Wood (1-0, 1.29)
Arizona - Ian Kennedy (0-0, 4.50)
(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds take to the road after one of the most
successful season-opening homestands in club history tonight, when they visit
Chase Field to open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Reds won their initial five games against Milwaukee and Houston before
Matt Downs' two-out running-scoring double in the top of the ninth lifted the
Astros to a 3-2 win on Thursday.
Scott Rolen had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit
solo homer for the Reds, who had opened a year with five straight wins for the
first time since 1990 - when they went 9-0, led the National League's West
Division from wire to wire and eventually won the World Series in four games
against the Oakland A's.
Starter Sam LeCure, filling in for right-hander Homer Bailey, worked five
effective innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and striking
Lefty Travis Wood gets tonight's call for the Reds after scattering four hits
and one run in seven innings of a 4-2 defeat of Milwaukee in his 2011 debut on
Wood reached the majors with an injury-plagued Cincinnati staff last season
and won five times in 17 starts with a 3.51 earned run average in 102 2/3
He faced the Diamondbacks twice, splitting a pair of starts while giving up 13
hits and four runs in 11 1/3 innings with two walks and 14 strikeouts.
Wood will be opposed by Arizona's Ian Kennedy, who went 9-10 in 32 starts with
the Diamondbacks in his first full year in the big leagues.
The 26-year-old was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2006 and
made 14 appearances in the American League between 2007 and 2009. He was sent
to Arizona in December 2009 as part of a three-team trade with the Yankees and
Kennedy, who has never faced the Reds, allowed 163 hits and struck out 168
batters in 194 innings with the Diamondbacks last season while posting a 3.80
On Wednesday in Chicago, Arizona salvaged the finale of their three-game set,
defeating the Cubs, 6-4. Miguel Montero homered while Willie Bloomquist added
two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won just two of their first
Armando Galarraga (1-0) picked up the win in his National League debut despite
yielding five hits and four runs over seven-plus innings. J.J. Putz turned in
a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Cincinnati won five of its seven meetings with the D'Backs last season.
04/08 10:47:47 ET
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