National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 12th
(All times eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (68-46) at Chicago Cubs (44-68), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58)
Chicago - Brooks Raley (0-1, 15.75)
(Sports Network) - Johnny Cueto is in the middle of the best season of his
career, and today the right-hander aims for win No. 15 when the Cincinnati
Reds complete a four-game series at Wrigley Field.
The Reds have beaten the Cubs in the last two contests, including a 4-2 come-
from-behind triumph yesterday behind a three-run eighth inning.
Cueto ranks among the National League leaders in ERA, innings pitched, winning
percentage (.700), and road ERA (2.83), not to mention he can tie New York's
R.A. Dickey for the NL lead in wins today. The right-hander had a five-start
winning streak broken his last time out, falling 3-1 at Milwaukee on Tuesday.
He's 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 lifetime starts against the Cubs.
Brooks Raley makes his Wrigley Field debut this afternoon. The southpaw's
contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa Tuesday and he made his major league
debut that night, starting in place of and injured Matt Garza. He suffered a
7-4 loss at San Diego after being shelled for seven runs on eight hits over
Yesterday, Ryan Ludwick ripped a go-ahead two-run double during a three-run
eighth inning. Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, while Brandon
Phillips had three hits and Ryan Hanigan added two hits for the NL Central-
The late-inning rally made a winner out of Bronson Arroyo (8-7), who allowed
two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts over eight innings.
Aroldis Chapman secured his 27th save of the season with a perfect ninth
"They put two (runs) on me early, and that hurt us," Arroyo said. "It was
definitely one of the most gratifying wins I've had in a long time."
David DeJesus laced a two-run single and James Russell (5-1) was tagged with
the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in the eighth for the Cubs,
who have dropped 10 of their last 11 games.
Starter Travis Wood pitched well against his former club, despite getting a
no-decision. He allowed just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and a
walk over seven innings.
"To step up like that against the right-handed lineup and his former team was
great," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It was as impressive an outing as he's
had all year."
The Reds learned yesterday they will be without first baseman Joey Votto for
at least another week as he recovers from arthroscopic left knee surgery.
Cincinnati will have slumping outfielder Jay Bruce back in the lineup this
afternoon. He sat out the previous two games and is mired in an 0-for-12
The Reds lead the season series, 5-3.
08/12 10:25:07 ET