Game One Hundred Twenty-Nine: Cubs (54-74) vs. Reds (73-54)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
Tom Gorzelanny (7-7, 3.70/1.45) vs. Johnny Cueto (11-4, 3.62/1.29)
Can the Chicago Cubs win four in a row under Mike Quade? If they beat the first place Cincinnati Reds tonight they would match their longest winning streak of the season … April 23 – April 26 and May 16 – May 19.
The Cubs and Reds will square off for the last time this season The Reds have already won the season series (10-3) and will look to further their lead over the St. Louis Cardinals over the next three games.
The Reds will be without Jim Edmonds, who was placed on the DL Tuesday, and Laynce Nix. Orlando Cabrera is eligible to come off the DL prior to tonight’s game … but reports suggested Thursday that the Reds will wait until Monday to activate their shortstop. Then there is Brandon Phillips …
Phillips left Wednesday’s finale in San Francisco with a sore hand after being hit by Santiago Casilla in the fifth inning. Phillips hand was too swollen to determine the extent of the damage at the time. X-rays on Thursday came back negative and Phillips will be available for Dusty Baker this weekend
In Other News
Jim Hendry has begun the process of interviewing candidates for the Cubs next manager … there is a new poll on the CCO, vote on who you think should be the Cubs’ next skipper.
Carlos Silva will make his first rehab start tonight. Silva will suit up for the Peoria Chiefs. He is expected to make two rehab starts and rejoin the Cubs after the roster’s expand on Wednesday.
Tonight it all begins with Tom Gorzelanny … Tom Gorzelanny is coming off one of his better starts of the year. Gorzelanny held the Braves to one run on seven hits in seven innings. The Cubs’ lone southpaw in the rotation struck out nine and walked two and in the process became the answer to a trivia question.
Tom Gorzelanny handed Lou Piniella the last win of his career.
Gorzelanny is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. One of the two losses was to the Cincinnati Reds back on August 6. Gorzelanny was the victim of no run support and lost 3-0 to Bronson Arroyo.
Gorzelanny has more than earned a spot in the Cubs’ rotation for next season. He has completed at least six innings in every start since July 5. Since the break, Gorzelanny is 3-2 in seven starts with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP, solid numbers for a fifth starter in a rotation.
The Reds have already beaten Gorzelanny twice in three tries this season. He is 0-2 in three starts with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP … at Great American, 0-1 in two starts this year with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Reds Career Numbers against Tom Gorzelanny
- Jay Bruce – 2-for-7 with a home run and 2 walks
- Orlando Cabrera – 3-for-11 with a walk
- Miguel Cairo – 2-for-6 with a double
- Johnny Cueto – 0-for-3 with a walk
- Jonny Gomes – 2-for-15
- Ryan Hanigan – 2-for-10 with a home run and a walk
- Chris Heisey – 0-for-3
- Ramon Hernandez – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Paul Janish – 1-for-3
- Brandon Phillips – 5-for-24 with a double and a walk
- Scott Rolen – 5-for-13 with 2 walks
- Drew Stubbs – 1-for-6 with a double
- Joey Votto – 2-for-13 with a home run and 2 walks
Johnny Cueto is coming off his worst outing of the season. After serving his suspension for kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason LaRue in the Reds-Cardinals little scuffle a couple of weeks back, Cueto was rocked by the Dodgers. Cueto gave up five runs on five hits in three innings. The Dodgers hit four home runs and walked three times against Cueto.
The Reds must have a healthy and effective Johnny Cueto in order for them to hold off Albert Pujols and company.
Johnny Cueto is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 6.28 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
Tonight will be Cueto’s second start of the year against the Cubs. Cueto picked up a no decision back on July 3 at Wrigley. Cueto gave up seven hits and walked five but the Cubs’ pathetic offense could not manage a single run. The Cubs lost 3-1 after letting Cueto off the hook.
Cueto is 2-5 in nine career starts versus the Cubs with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto
- Marlon Byrd – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
- Starlin Castro – 1-for-1 with 2 walks
- Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-6
- Kosuke Fukudome – 5-for-21 with a double, a home run and a walk
- Tom Gorzelanny – 1-for-4 with a walk
- Koyie Hill – 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Micah Hoffpauir – 0-for-4
- Xavier Nady – 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-16 with a double, 2 home runs and 4 walks
- Alfonso Soriano – 8-for-20 with 3 home runs and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 6-for-19 with 3 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks
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