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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Preview

Game time: 8 :05pm EDT


Radio: WGN 720, WRTO 1200, WLW700


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On Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs helped the Cincinnati one step further to secure a spot in the postseason by losing the opener of a three set 3-1 to the Reds at Wrigley Field. The Reds reduce their magic number to four to clinch the National League Central when the Cubs still need five victories to avoid 100 losses in a season.

The North Side of Chicago is now 1-9 in its last 10 matchups with the Reds and is 4-10 this season against the squad of manager Dustin Baker, who managed his 3,000th major league game Tuesday.

Homer Bailey pitched a gem against the struggling Cubs who only scored one run and had six hits in their last two games after a festive 13-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Bailey tossed 7 1/3 innings giving up a solo run to Darwin Barney who scored all the way from first on pinch-hitter Bryan LaHair’s sharp double to right-field corner in the seventh. Sean Marshall and

The Cubs will back Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06) who had his memorable first career win in his Wrigley Field debut last Friday in the Cubs’ 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-hander tossed five innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six.

Rusin has allowed two runs or less in three of his four career starts but he has not yet lasted more than five frames in an outing.

Wednesday’s start will be his first facing the Reds and the fifth outing in 2012.

His counterpart is the Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69) who will make his 29th start of the year Wednesday. Having won four of his last six starts, the right-hander picked up a win on September 11 against the Pirates after a short outing on September 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies who pounded him with six runs on six hits and two home runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Leake faced the Cubs twice this season with both starts at Wrigley Field. He took the loss in the first outing on April 21 and allowed a total of eight runs in 11 2/3 innings.

In nine career starts facing the Cubs, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA.



By: Patrick Au Yeung Chicago Cubs Correspondent
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