National League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, July 25th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (45-54) at Arizona Diamondbacks (52-49), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Carlos Villanueva (2-6, 4.16)
Arizona - Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03)
(Sports Network) - Southpaw Wade Miley tries for a third win in four starts on
Thursday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Chicago Cubs to close
out a four-game series at Chase Field.
The 26-year-old from Louisiana was just 4-7 on the season after a 3-2 loss at
Washington on June 26, but he tossed eight strong innings to get win No. 5
against Colorado on July 6.
A subsequent start on July 11 resulted in a 5-3 defeat of the Milwaukee
Brewers, as Miley allowed three runs on eight hits in eight innings - while
walking none and striking out four.
His most recent road start wasn't quite as successful and ended in a 4-3 loss
at San Francisco on July 20.
Miley is 3-2 in seven home starts this season and 1-1 in two career meetings
with the Cubs, including a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field on May 31.
For Chicago, versatile righty Carlos Villanueva gets his 12th starting
assignment of the season in his 28th appearance.
The Dominican native has appeared in 328 major-league games, but started just
67 times - including 16 starts while pitching in 38 games and winning seven
times with Toronto in 2012.
In 2013, Villanueva picked up his second win with a scoreless one-inning
relief stint at Seattle on June 29. He's winless in four outings since,
including a July 20 start at Colorado where he was tagged for seven runs in
He's 1-1 in 11 relief meetings with the Diamondbacks, with a save and a 1.69
earned run average in 16 innings.
On Wednesday, Nate Schierholtz drove in five runs, including the go-ahead RBI
double in the 12th inning, to power the Cubs to a 7-6 win.
Anthony Rizzo knocked in a run and scored three times. Junior Lake had the
other RBI for the Cubs, who have taken two of the first three games of the
Paul Goldschmidt stroked a three-run homer for Arizona, which forced extra
innings by tying it in the ninth thanks to a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter
Arizona went 1-for-15 with men in scoring position and left 16 runners on
"We have nobody to blame but ourselves," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
Arizona won two of three versus the Cubs in Chicago from May 31-June 2 and won
five of the six meetings at home a season ago.
07/25 10:33:00 ET
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