National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 14th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (67-52) at Chicago Cubs (52-67), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51)
Chicago - Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Bronson Arroyo can keep the Cincinnati Reds in
the thick of the playoff chase on Wednesday afternoon when they head back to
Wrigley Field to close out a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
Cincinnati is third in the National League Central, 3 1/2 games behind front-
running Pittsburgh and just 1 1/2 behind second-place St. Louis.
The 36-year-old Arroyo is making his 30th career appearance against the Cubs
in his 347th big-league start. He's won 12 of 21 decisions against Chicago
while posting a 3.04 earned run average across 177 2/3 innings.
Arroyo has won three of his last five starts to reach double-digit victories
for the sixth time in eight seasons with the Reds since he was acquired from
Boston for outfielder Wily Mo Pena.
He tossed seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball in downing San Diego, 7-2,
in his last start on Aug. 9 in Cincinnati.
Arroyo's last matchup with the Cubs came May 24 in Cincinnati and he emerged a
7-4 winner after going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with
two walks and two strikeouts.
He's made 14 career appearances at Wrigley and is 7-3 there with a 3.06 ERA.
Arroyo is opposed by young lefty Chris Rusin, who starts for the sixth time
this season and the 13th time in his career.
He faced the Reds once last season - on Sept. 19 in Cincinnati - and was
shelled for 10 hits and five runs in five innings of a game the Cubs
ultimately lost, 6-5.
Chicago is 3-2 in the five starts he's made this season, including a 3-0 win
at St. Louis on Aug. 9 in which he tossed six scoreless innings with five
In his lone home start of 2013, Rusin was beaten, 6-4, by the Los Angeles
On Tuesday, Shin-Soo Choo's two-run single in the 11th inning pushed the Reds
past the Cubs, 6-4.
Brandon Phillips filled the box score with three hits, a run scored, an RBI
and two steals for the Reds, who have won six of their last seven games and
improved to 12-3 against their division rivals this year.
The Cubs came into the game having been shut out in three straight games at
home for the first time since 1924, but showed some punch behind home runs
from Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro and Donnie Murphy.
J.J. Hoover, however, held Chicago scoreless over 2 1/3 innings of relief to
pick up the win. Hoover (3-5) has not allowed a run in his last 24 1/3
innings, a span of 21 consecutive appearances.
Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) took the loss.
08/14 10:28:37 ET