Pregame Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs look to keep momentum going vs Giants


The Chicago Cubs look to extend their win streak to three games with Tsuyoshi Wada on the mound when they take on the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. on CSN.

The Giants have won three of their last four, including back-to-back wins against Philadelphia for a series win to put them within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Francisco have won five of six at Wrigley and took two of three at home from May 26-28, including 20 straight scoreless innings.

Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.71) struggled early this season, but has turned it around in August. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA, but fell 3-2 to the White Sox Tuesday and gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings. The Cubs have done well against him at Wrigley, going 3-3 with a 6.91 ERA in six starts.

Wada (2-1, 3.15) will counter for the Cubs and is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts. The 33-year-old, left-hander held the Brewers to two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for a 4-2 win Wednesday. He has also walked just two in his last 12 2/3 innings.

Arismendy Alcantara will move back to the seven spot after batting lead off while Chris Coghlan had a day off Monday. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered in the Cubs 4-1 win Monday, it was Baez’s fifth in 14 games since joining the major league club. Rizzo has a home run and two strikeouts against Vogelsong.

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