National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 25th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (18-29) at Cincinnati Reds (30-18), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Travis Wood (4-2, 2.24)
Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (2-3, 3.09)
(Sports Network) - After dropping Friday night's series opener, the Chicago
Cubs will try to halt their five-game losing skid on Saturday afternoon
against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
The Reds trailed 3-0 early in Friday's contest but managed to take control
with a five-run fourth inning, eventually making claim to a 7-4 win. The Reds
have won four in a row and 12 of 15, and they are now a season-high 12 games
Joey Votto and Ryan Hanigan both homered in fourth inning, while Brandon
Phillips added a two-run shot in the eighth. Votto and Phillips both finished
with two hits, as did Zach Cozart.
Votto, who leads the league in hitting at .361, extended his hitting streak to
Bronson Arroyo (5-4) earned the win, allowing three runs in six innings of
work, although he was not exactly pleased with his effort.
"I didn't feel great the whole game, to be honest," Arroyo said. "They ran
seven left-handers against me. It was a grind for me."
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth innings for his 11th save.
Scott Feldman (4-4) was saddled with the loss for the Cubs after allowing
seven hits and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, although he did help himself
with a two-run home run in the second inning.
Luis Valbuena had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.
The Cubs will send out Travis Wood to the mound on Saturday and despite the
team's struggles this season Wood has been nothing short of outstanding. He is
boasting a 4-2 record with a 2.24 ERA while allowing just 37 hits over 60 1/3
innings of work.
The 26-year old left-hander earned a no-decision on May 19 against the Mets,
going seven innings while surrendering five hits and three earned runs. He has
pitched nine consecutive quality starts to begin the season.
Wood faced Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark back on April 22, pitching 6
1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out five in a no-
The Reds will counter with another impressive youngster in Homer Bailey, who,
despite his 2-3 record, has been strong with a 3.09 ERA.
The 27-year old pitched seven scoreless innings against the Phillies on May
19, allowing just five hits and one walk, but the Reds suffered a 3-2 defeat
after Chapman allowed back-to-back homers in the ninth inning.
Despite owning a 5.12 ERA in 58 career innings against the Cubs, Bailey is 5-2
versus the NL Central rivals.
The Reds have owned the Cubs of late, winning 18 of 23 contests over the past
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