Game Eighty-Nine – Cubs (38-50) vs. Reds (47-42)
- Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. David Holmberg (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–)
Weather permitting … The Cubs will shoot to end their four-game losing streak behind rookie left hander Tsuyoshi Wada. The Cubs recalled Wada from Triple-A Iowa to make the start in the second game against the Reds. Wada will be sent back down to Iowa following tonight’s game.
The Cubs were not able to figure out Johnny Cueto in game one while Travis Wood was unable to slow down the Reds offense. The Cubs offense continues to collect hits and put runners on base, but two games (18 innings) into the series, the Cubs have left 17 runners on base and are 4-for-20 with RISP. The Cubs have not scored a run with a basehit yet in the first two games, four of the five runs the Cubs have scored have been via the longball.
Tsuyoshi Wada, or Dr. K, makes his Major League debut tonight nearly three full seasons after signing a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Wada is finally healthy and will face fellow lefty David Holmberg. Holmberg is making his second big league start tonight in his Reds debut.
The night cap all starts with the big league debut of Tsuyoshi Wada …
Tsuyoshi Wada (Sue-yo-she Wah-duh) has thrown the ball extremely well for Triple-A Iowa this season. Wada is healthy for the first time since 2011 when he started 26 games for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan.
The 33-year old southpaw was 9-5 in 17 games, 16 starts, for Iowa with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Wada struck out 105 batters in 101 2/3 innings while allowing 92 hits with only 26 walks. Wada was named to the PCL All-Star Game and earned the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.
No one on the Reds active roster has faced Tsuyoshi Wada during a regular season big league game.
David Holmberg is making his first start for the Reds and only second start in the big leagues tonight. Holmberg started one game for the Diamondbacks last season and gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and no strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Holmberg was sent to the Diamondbacks from the White Sox in the Edwin Jackson deal in 2009. Holmberg was selected by the Sox in the second round of the 2009 draft.
The Reds acquired Holmberg as part of the three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays last December. The Diamondbacks sent Heath Bell and cash to the Rays and the Reds sent Ryan Hanigan to Tampa. The Reds acquired Holmberg in the transactions with the Diamondbacks receiving Justin Choate and Todd Glaesmann.
The 22-year old southpaw has started 10 games for the Triple-A Louisville Bats this season. Holmberg is 0-4 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. In just 44 1/3 innings, Holmberg has given up 60 hits with 22 walks and 30 strikeouts.
The Cubs must make Holmberg work. If the offense comes out swinging, the Cubs will be swept in both ends of a doubleheader for the third time this season.
No one on the Cubs active roster has faced David Holmberg in a regular season big league ballgame.
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