National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 30th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (75-59) at Colorado Rockies (63-72), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (13-9, 3.42)
Colorado - Jeff Manship (0-4, 6.86)
(Sports Network) - Streaking right-hander Bronson Arroyo goes for a fifth
consecutive win in his August finale on Friday night, when the Cincinnati Reds
visit Coors Field to open a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
A 36-year-old, Arroyo was 9-9 on the season after his August debut ended in a
13-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals as he was hammered for seven runs on
eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
He's bounced back forcefully since, going at least seven innings in three of
four starts while combining to allow seven runs on 20 hits in 27 innings of
work while defeating San Diego. the Chicago Cubs, Arizona and Milwaukee.
He is 4-3 in 13 career meetings with the Rockies, but just 4-6 in 10 road
starts this season with a 3.76 earned run average.
Arroyo's 13 wins mark the sixth time he's reached that number in a big league
career that began in 2000 with Pittsburgh.
For Colorado, righty Jeff Manship starts for the fifth time this season while
again looking for his first win since 2010.
The 28-year-old was 1-1 with Minnesota in 2009 and 2-1 in 2010 before going
winless across 17 combined appearances the next two seasons. He was signed as
a free agent by the Rockies in November and has dropped decisions in each of
four starts in 2013.
He allowed two runs in five innings of his Rockies debut in New York on Aug.
8, then was touched for 11 runs and 14 hits across losing starts to San Diego
and Philadelphia on Aug. 13 and 19.
He had a quality outing in a 3-0 loss at Miami on Aug. 24, giving up three
runs while pitching six innings for the first time and striking out four
The Rockies have been outscored in his four appearances, 17-10.
Manship has never faced the Reds.
On Wednesday in St. Louis, the Reds roughed up Adam Wainwright for a career-
high nine runs over just two innings in their 10-0 triumph over the Cardinals
in the finale of a three-game set.
Jay Bruce smacked a three-run homer and drove in five for the Reds, who jumped
out to a 6-0 lead after the opening frame. Homer Bailey (9-10) fanned seven
and gave up just five hits and two walks over 7 1/3 scoreless innings to pick
up the win.
"Usually, he's been our tough-luck guy, we haven't gotten him many runs," Reds
manager Dusty Baker said.
In Colorado, Jhoulys Chacin carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the
Rockies edged the San Francisco Giants, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-
Chacin (13-7) gave up just one hit, a Brandon Crawford blooper to center with
two outs in the seventh inning, while striking out nine to finish August with
a 4-2 mark.
"We were going to let him chase a no-hitter as long as it took," Rockies
manager Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "After he gave up the hit I didn't
want to let him go after that."
Wilin Rosario went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Yorvit
Torrealba added a pair of RBI for the Rockies, winners in four of their last
Rex Brothers spun a perfect ninth to notch his 14th save.
The Rockies entered the weekend with a slim 83-82 lead in the all-time series
with the Reds, including two wins in three games when the teams met in
Cincinnati in May.
08/30 10:37:14 ET