National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 4th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (30-28) at Cincinnati Reds (36-22), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.79)
Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Homer Bailey will try to match a teammate's
mound gem on Tuesday night when the Cincinnati Reds host the Colorado Rockies
in the middle portion of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
The Reds took the opener of the series on Monday night, when Bronson Arroyo
threw eight shutout innings in the Reds' 3-0 triumph.
Arroyo (6-5) allowed just four hits, two of them from Carlos Gonzalez, and
needed just 86 pitches. He also had three strikeouts, pulling him within three
of tying Gary Nolan for eighth-most in franchise history.
"I didn't particularly have amazing stuff, but it was one of those games where
things just worked out," Arroyo said.
Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth to notch his 15th save.
Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored, while Todd
Frazier contributed an RBI to give the Reds their sixth straight win against
the Rockies for the first time since 2000-01.
Colorado pitcher Tyler Chatwood (3-1) allowed one run on four hits and a walk
in four innings before leaving the game with right triceps soreness. In the
top of the fifth inning, he pulled up before reaching first base while trying
for a bunt single.
"It's frustrating having to come out of the game like that and kind of leave
the bullpen hanging like that, but it was precautionary," Chatwood said.
Bailey, a first-round pick in 2004, was unbeaten in four starts between May 7
and May 25 before dropping a 7-1 verdict at Cleveland Thursday in which he
surrendered seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
His last home start resulted in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs, who
managed two runs on five hits in six innings.
Bailey is 2-0 in five starts in Cincinnati this season and 20-19 there in his
career, as opposed to 21-18 in 57 road starts.
He's 1-2 in five lifetime meetings with the Rockies.
Colorado goes with 26-year-old Dominican Juan Nicasio, who faces the Reds for
the first time in his 36th major-league start.
Nicasio was a 5-0 winner against San Francisco after tossing six innings of
three-hit ball on May 19, but has taken a loss and a no-decision in two
In fact, the defeat of the Giants is his lone win since April 26 - a span of
He was beaten, 7-5, by Houston Thursday, when he allowed five runs and seven
hits in five innings.
Nicasio is 2-1 in six road starts this season, but just 2-5 on the road in 16
The Reds won five of six from the Rockies in 2012, while Colorado won the 2011
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