Jason Hammel returns for the Cubs to even the odds in Cincinnati

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After last night’s disappointing one-run loss to the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon will turn to his veteran right-hander, Jason Hammel to even the odds against their N.L. Central rival.

Recently acquired Clayton Richard made a spot start for Hammel in yesterday’s loss to give him an extra day of rest. Hammel (5-4, 2.86 ERA) exited after just one inning while hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in his previous outing back on July 8 due to tightness in his hamstring.

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He recorded a strikeout and didn’t give up a hit to begin the game prior to handing things over to Richard who gave up four earned on seven hits with three walks in three innings of relief.

Chicago (46-38) had the opportunity to claim their first series victory over the first-place Redbirds until reliever Pedro Strop gave up the game-winning two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the ninth inning.

Justin Grimm entered the game with a one-run lead after Richard was pulled with two outs during the bottom half of the sixth. Grimm later gave up what would be the game-winning two-run shot to outfielder Jay Bruce – a ball that traveled well over 430 ft. before landing in a pool of excited Reds fans.

Starting opposite Hammel for the Reds (41-49) will be 25-year-old Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias picked up his fifth big league start in a losing effort to the Miami Marlins on July 11 where he gave up five earned runs on eight hits through 4 1/3 frames including a solo home run to Cole Gillespie.

Cincinnati’s bullpen was hammered that night as the Fish were able to reel in the 14-3 win.

First pitch for tonight’s match-up is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN, MLBN and WBBM 780.

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s for both clubs:

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