National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 26th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (18-30) at Cincinnati Reds (31-18), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Matt Garza (0-0, 0.00)
Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (2-0, 3.22)
(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds look to continue their hot streak on
Sunday afternoon as they try to secure a three-game series sweep of the
Chicago Cubs at Great American Ballpark.
Behind the strength of a four-run sixth inning on Saturday, the Reds managed
to hold on to a 5-2 win, their 13th in the last 16 games.
Todd Frazier had the game-tying RBI single in the sixth and drove in a pair
of base runners on the afternoon. Derrick Robinson pulled off a suicide
squeeze play later in the inning to give the Reds the lead for good.
"(Bunting) is part of my game," Robinson said. "I was kind of expecting it.
We'd talked about it in the past. That was the perfect situation for it
"I'm not crazy about (the squeeze play)," Reds manager Dusty Baker added.
"It's taking a heck of a chance. A lot of bad stuff can happen. He executed it
Homer Bailey (3-3) was solid in the victory, striking out eight over six
innings while yielding just two earned runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect
ninth with two punchouts for his 12th save.
Travis Wood (4-3) was much less effective for the Cubs, allowing seven hits,
three walks and five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. It was the first time in 10
starts this season that Wood did not record a quality start.
Anthony Rizzo snapped an 0-for-22 slump by going 3-for-3 with a pair of
The Cubs will try to halt their six-game losing streak by sending Matt Garza
to the hill on Sunday afternoon for just his second start of the season. The
right-hander, who had been out since July 2012 while dealing with elbow
trouble, was sharp in his return on May 21, allowing just one hit and no
earned runs in five innings of work while striking out five in a no-decision
versus the Pirates.
Garza was limited to just 82 pitches in his return but showed little ill-
effects from the long layoff, consistently reaching the mid-90s with his
"I felt great out there," Garza said. "It was a long, long time and it's nice
to not only come back but pitch well. You don't want to spend that much time
working to get back and then pitch poorly."
The Reds also welcomed back an ace off the disabled list recently, as Johnny
Cueto returned from a five-week absence to earn the win against the Mets on
May 20, allowing three earned runs, three hits and four walks in five innings
while striking out eight.
The triumph allowed Cueto to improve to 2-0 on the season, and he sits with an
ERA of 3.22.
The 27-year old right hander is no stranger to the Cubs. He is 8-6 in 18
starts against the NL Central rival with a 3.01 ERA.
The Reds have owned the Cubs of late, winning 19 of 24 contests over the past
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