National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, September 18th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (88-59) at Chicago Cubs (58-89), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93)
Chicago - Justin Germano (2-7, 6.24)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Homer Bailey can stay unbeaten for the month
of September Tuesday when the Cincinnati Reds visit the Chicago Cubs in the
opening game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
The seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft, Bailey was 10-9 on the season
after an 8-2 loss to St. Louis in his final start in August on Aug. 26.
He's subsequently started three times this month and won his lone decision
while giving up just four runs in 14 hits in 21 2/3 innings while beating
Pittsburgh, 2-1, and getting a pair of no-decisions against Houston.
Bailey last faced the Cubs in Aug. 10 in Chicago and was a 10-8 winner after
allowing four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The win moved the 26-year-old to 4-2 in nine career starts against the Cubs
with a 5.68 earned run average across 50 2/3 innings.
For Chicago, right-hander Justin Germano aims for his 11th career win in his
91st career major-league appearance.
He was 2-2 after a 7-2 defeat of the Astros in Chicago on Aug. 15, but has
since dropped five consecutive starts while watching his ERA swell from 3.19
after beating Houston to 5.60 after a 1-0 loss to the Astros on Sept. 11.
A 13th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2000, Germano debuted in the
majors in 2004 and appeared in two games for the Reds in 2006 - going 0-1 with
a 5.40 ERA across 6 2/3 innings.
He's since pitched for the Padres, Cleveland, Boston and the Cubs, making 45
total starts and 45 relief appearances across parts of seven seasons.
On Monday in Chicago, Starling Marte drove in two runs, Kevin Correia pitched
seven scoreless innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cubs, 3-0, to
take the finale of a four-game set.
The game was delayed for 3 hours and 37 minutes due to rain.
Travis Wood (6-12) set a career high for strikeouts, fanning nine, but was
tagged for three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
On Sunday in Miami, Ryan Ludwick knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the
11th inning, lifting the Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins to avoid a
After both teams failed to score with a runner in scoring position in the
10th, Cincinnati took advantage of its opportunity in the 11th.
Chris Heisey singled to start the frame before Carlos Zambrano (7-10) issued a
walk to Joey Votto. Ludwick then ripped a grounder through the left side of
the infield to score Heisey from second for the go-ahead run.
Jonathan Broxton issued a two-out walk in the bottom half, but got John Buck
to fly out to the deepest part of the spacious Marlins Park to secure his
second save with the Reds.
Logan Ondrusek (4-2) earned the victory after striking out Giancarlo Stanton
with runners on first and second to end the 10th.
Ludwick finished with three hits and a pair of RBI, while Dioner Navarro and
Didi Gregorius each registered three hits and an RBI for the Reds, who own an
11-game lead atop the NL Central and have a magic number of five for locking
up the division.
"It was a big one for us," Ludwick said. "They gave us all we could handle for
three straight days and just to be able to get that one is very important in
The Reds won nine of the first 13 games between the teams in 2012, including
three of four in a series from Aug. 17-19 in Cincinnati.
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