Cubs look to rebound from Friday’s tough loss
seemed to have overall improved defensively, even though they still sit at the bottom of the league in regards to statistical leaders. But doesn’t it seem that every error they do make is magnified? Having a direct effect on the outcome of the game? That was the case yesterday, but the Cubs need to push past it as they look to take game three from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs (32-27) were being held in check by Reds starter Johnny Cueto until Starlin Castro unloaded a two-run shot to tie the game at 4-4, as the two teams would head to extra innings. But a poor throw by Kris Bryant would eventually lead to a run as the Cubs lost 5-4.
Starter Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.96) has his ERA below 4.00, and is looking to build off a strong month of June. He’s only recorded three quality starts in 11 games so far, and the Cubs will need him to go deeper today as the bullpen has been thrust into action early in the first two contests of this series.
Only one active Reds player has recorded more than one hit against Hendricks in his career and that’s backup Tucker Barnhart.
The Reds (28-32) will send Mike Leake (3-4, 4.29) to face the Cubs for the third time this season, but neither did he get a decision. Just like yesterday, Chris Coghlan will be one to watch. He clearly enjoys hitting Reds pitching, as he is 9-for-11 with three doubles and two home runs against Leake.
First pitch is slated for 6:15 pm CT at Wrigley Field. Fox will have the TV coverage, while WBBM 780 has the radio broadcast.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s action: