Game Ninety-Four: Cubs (50-43) vs. Reds (42-50)
- Game Time – 5:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7 – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 185, 844
- Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Dallas Beeler (0-0, 3.60/1.20/1.86) vs. Tony Cingrani (0-3, 3.47/1.46/3.83)
After getting blown out in game one, the Cubs turn to Dallas Beeler to end the road trip on a positive note. The Cubs can split the series with the Reds and fly back to Chicago with a 4-3 road trip with a win over the Big Red Machine.
With lefty Tony Cingrani on the mound, David Ross will be behind the plate in game two. Joe Maddon also decided to give Kris Bryant a breather. The lack of options on the bench, three catchers and a 13-man pitching staff has really showed up in this series. At least with Ross in the starting lineup, Maddon will have two bats on his bench in the finale of the four game series.
Tonight is the make-up from the game on April 25 that was postponed after three hours. Jake Arrieta and Anthony DeSclafani were scheduled to start that Saturday afternoon almost three months ago.
Dallas Beeler makes his second start of the season in the majors today. Beeler was called up on July 7 for the second game of the day-night doubleheader against the Cardinals. Beeler put the Cubs in a position to win the game after tossing five-plus innings and allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Beeler also chipped in at the plate (1-for-2 with a double) in a 5-3 victory over the Redbirds as the Cubs completed the first doubleheader sweep over St. Louis at Wrigley since 1992.
Beeler is 2-5 in 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa this season with a 6.02 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Since June 1, Beeler allowed 18 runs, nine earned, on 36 hits with six walks and 33 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings (2.23 ERA, 1.16 WHIP).
Dallas Beeler is 0-2 in three career starts in the majors with a 3.38 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 3.30 FIP … and will face the Reds for the second time in four big league starts.
Beeler took the loss in Cincinnati last July 9 after allowing four runs on six hits with four walks and no strikeouts in five innings.
Reds Numbers against Dallas Beeler
- Jay Bruce: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Billy Hamilton: 1-for-2 with one triple and one walk
- Brandon Phillips: 2-for-3
- Skip Schumaker: 0-for-2 with one walk
- Brayan Pena: 0-for-1 with one walk
Tony Cingrani makes his first start of the season in the big leagues tonight. Cingrani is an incredibly talented lefty that the Reds have determined is a better fit as a reliever than a starter. Cingrani appeared in four games and made three starts for Triple-A Louisville this year and did not allow a run. Cingrani gave up six hits with six walks and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Tony Cingrani is 1-3 in 10 career games, six starts, against the Cubs with a 4.50 ERA and 1.15 WHIP … this season, 0-1 in four games with a 2.70 ERA and 1.50 WHIP (one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings).
Cubs Career Numbers against Tony Cingrani
- Anthony Rizzo: 4-for-14 with one double, one home run and three walks
- Starlin Castro: 4-for-15 with one double
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-4 with one double
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-3 with one double
- Chris Denorfia: 1-for-2 with one walk
- Dexter Fowler: 1-for-2
- Addison Russell: 0-for-2
- Jorge Soler: 0-for-1 with one walk
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