National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, June 9 (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (33-31) at Cincinnati Reds (29-32), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Dan Haren (5-4, 3.50) Cincinnati - Tony Cingrani (2-6, 4.09)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" campaign is long dead and buried, but it might be time for a revival this week in Cincinnati.
The Reds will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park, and the debut matchup will feature a pair of pitchers whose recent resumes have included a fair number of bases-clearing hits.
Los Angeles veteran Dan Haren has served up seven home runs in his last 24 innings of work over his last four starts, losing three decisions while posting a 4.88 earned run average.
Two homers came in six innings of a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Oddly, he'd given up just three homers in his first eight starts this season, during which he was 5-1.
He's also allowed 11 long balls in eight games against Cincinnati, a stretch in which he's 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA. In fact, three Cincinnati players -- Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Zack Cosart -- have two apiece.
Meanwhile, Tony Cingrani gets the start for the Reds amid a four-start losing streak since he returned from a bout with tendinitis in his left shoulder.
He's surrendered seven home runs in 22 2/3 innings in the comeback portion of the season, after having allowed just three round-trippers in 32 1/3 innings to begin the season.
Cingrani gave up two homers and three runs overall in a 5 2/3-inning stint against San Francisco on Wednesday.
In one career meeting with Los Angeles last July, he tossed seven innings of scoreless ball and struck out 11 in a game that the Reds ultimately lost, 1-0.
On Sunday in Colorado, Clayton Kershaw tossed an impressive five innings of one-run ball to guide the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Rockies as the game was called after 5 1/2 innings due to rain. Kershaw allowed just three hits, one being a solo homer, while fanning nine across five innings of work.
Hanley Ramirez stroked a solo home run and Matt Kemp went 2-for-2 with a two- run triple for the Dodgers.
In Cincinnati, Homer Bailey had an impressive day, firing eight innings of one-run ball and driving in two runs to help the Reds to a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Bailey (7-3) allowed just six hits and three walks while fanning seven to win his fourth consecutive start. He also hit the go-ahead two-run single in the fifth to support his own cause.
Billy Hamilton stroked a two-run home run for the Reds, winners of two straight after a three-game skid.
The Dodgers won two of three at home versus the Reds on May 26-28.
06/09 10:37:30 ET