National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 27th
(All times eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (58-40) at Colorado Rockies (37-60), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (5-6, 3.98)
Colorado - Drew Pomeranz (1-5, 4.98)
(Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds seek to extend their longest winning
streak in two seasons when they face the Colorado Rockies Friday in the first
of three games at Coors Field.
Cincinnati won their seventh straight game and improved to 11-2 since the All-
Star break with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Houston Astros on
Wednesday. Drew Stubbs knocked in a pair of runs in the ninth inning of that
one as the Reds completed a three-game sweep at Minute Maid Park.
Stubbs, who has seven hits, five RBI and two stolen bases over the last three
games, finished with three RBI and two runs scored to help the NL Central-
leading Reds earn their sixth consecutive road win as well.
"Drew Stubbs comes through big again," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "That
was a huge clutch hit, probably even bigger than [Tuesday] night."
Sean Marshall (3-3) earned the victory after recording the final out of the
eighth, while Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth and recorded his 19th save
of the season.
Hoping to pitch the Reds to their first eight-game winning streak since May
31-June 8, 2006 tonight will be righty Bronson Arroyo, who has won two of his
last three starts. Arroyo beat the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, holding them
to two runs and five hits in six innings to run his record to 5-6 while
lowering his earned run average to 3.98.
In Arroyo's past 10 outings, he has held opponents to three runs or fewer six
times. As a whole the Reds' starting staff ranks fifth in the NL with a 3.64
"I feel like I'm the weakest link in the rotation right now," said Arroyo, who
has made 19 starts this season. "Everybody is looking really, really strong
all the time. That being said, I feel like I've thrown pretty good about 16
times. It just means that we've got a pretty good rotation, and hopefully it
Arroyo has faced the Rockies 11 times (9 starts) and is 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA
Getting the call for the Rockies tonight will be lefty Drew Pomeranz, who is a
miserable 1-5 with a 4.98 ERA on the season. The young hurler lost for the
fourth time in five starts last Friday in San Diego and looked bad in doing
so, as he was hit for seven runs in just three innings.
Pomeranz, who beat the Reds the only other time he faced them, has been
experiencing some arm soreness of late as well and was given an extra few days
"We just want to get him back out there pitching. That's how he is going to
learn," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We wanted to make sure that
physically nothing is wrong and get him back out there. On Friday, it will
have been a week."
The Rockies enter tonight's opener on a high note after salvaging the finale
of their three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Marco
Scutaro knocked in three runs and Dexter Fowler went 3-for-5 and scored twice
in the 4-2 win.
Jeff Francis (3-2) pitched six-plus effective innings for Colorado to earn his
first victory since July 3. The lefty allowed five hits, including solo homers
to Jason Kubel and Miguel Montero, and had four strikeouts.
"Other than the two pitches I gave the homers up, I thought I executed well,"
Francis said. "The guys made some good plays behind me."
Cincinnati took two of three from the Rockies at Great American Ball Park
earlier in the year.
07/27 11:01:49 ET