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great american ballparkThe Cubs and Reds will try again tonight at Great American Ballpark, with last night’s affair getting rained out. Rain is once again in the offing, so we’ll see what happens as far as start time. There’s rain all across the area, and it’ll be intermittent throughout the evening. Another rainout would really hamper the schedule situation. (UPDATE: First pitch is now scheduled for 6:30pm CT.)

The starting pitchers remain the same, so the thoughts, too, remain the same:

Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to throw seven shutout innings today, and yet still somehow take the loss. He’ll be opposed by Alfredo Simon, as he was 10 days ago, when the Cubs’ bats couldn’t do much against the late-in-life converted starter.

The Cubs are sticking with last night’s attempted lineup, which makes sense. Ryan Kalish stays in the starting lineup, heading out to right field in this one, spelling Nate Schierholtz, who’s off to a particularly rough start this year.

Darwin Barney draws an increasingly rare starting opportunity at second base, with Luis Valbuena sliding over to third.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (8-16) at Cincinnati Reds (11-14), 6:10 CT on CSN+.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Samardzija (1.53 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 3.36 xFIP; 3.00 K/BB)

versus

Alfredo Simon (1.30 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 4.31 xFIP; 1.89 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Joey Votto, 1B

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Ryan Ludwick, LF

7. Brayan Pena, C

8. Zack Cosart, SS

9. Alfredo Simon, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2. Ryan Kalish, RF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Ryan Sweeney, LF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P

  • ssckelley

    That might be game.

    • JasonP

      Yeah, I hope the Cubs get another AB. Too bad that swinging bunt single is probably going to keep that from happening.

  • mjhurdle

    I like Kalish and the job he has done lately, but this is not the best game for him. Over-sliding 2nd, horrible route to that single, yeash.

  • Jon

    Kalish should have caught that. I thought these no bat retread 4th outfielders could at least play D

    • mjhurdle

      no way he catches that. But he could have stopped it from going to the wall

      • willis

        It was a single that was turned into a triple by the cubs being…the cubs. That allowed the run to score on a single and now here we are. Another L.

  • Cubs_Questions

    I don’t live in the Chicago area so I don’t have this one on TV, but did Samardzija look a lot better than his stat line? Because to me it felt like Renteria left him in there too long.

    • ssckelley

      No, he struggled almost every inning. Shark did not have his best stuff tonight.

  • willis

    Take a look at the radar, I don’t think this one starts back up.

    As to the question on Shark-no. He looked ok at times but surely didn’t have his best stuff. Neither pitcher did.

  • JasonP
  • David

    Wow – look at Aiken’s overhand curve. He’s in high school!!???!??

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/67565098/v31220261/draft-report-brady-aiken-hs-pitcher/?c_id=chc

    • Funn Dave

      *drools*

  • itzscott

    Jacob Hannemann at Kane County is starting to get my attention. Looked good last year before he went down and continues to impress.

  • Jason P

    Will Remillard continues to light it up for KC. If he continues hitting like this, he’s going to fly up the prospect charts.

    • ssckelley

      It would be nice to finally have a legit catching prospect. He is hitting really well right now.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      He’s going to hit like that somewhere above A ball before he’ll climb too much. College hitters should beat up on Low A pitching, so right now all we know is that he’s what he should be.

      If he has success in Double A, though, and if his defense is as good as advertised, he’s going to make quite the name for himself.

  • ssckelley

    Does every stadium have a designated fan who howls after most of the other fans have left?

    • JasonP

      Speaking from experience, it’s a great way to spend a night.

  • ssckelley

    Why wouldn’t Lake hit here?

  • JasonP

    Sam LeCure belongs in a Western.

    Strike that, he belongs in all the Westerns

  • Jon

    Man Ryan Sweeney really fuckimg blows.

    • Funn Dave

      Yup.

    • benjamin

      Kalish as well. :-/

  • Required

    I told myself when I looked at the score in the 4th inning and it was 2-1 that the score would be 3-2 Reds. Wow I guess I know my team.

    • Jon

      In the last inning Olt missed a meatball slider hung over the plate on the first pitch
      Just a synopsis of everything

    • Medicos

      u sure due no you’re teem. Thats how its gonna bee all yeer long so weed beter git used two it. The Mets in 1962 wound up 40-121-1. This teem kould bee worser.

      • DarthHater

        Please stop doing that.

  • renegade4196

    One of those losses where you have nothing to say. Cubs doing their job.

  • Required

    It is time to outright Sweeney so another team can pick him up and have a career second half. I really think if you put the entire NL all star team in Cubs uniforms, they would still suck!

  • http://BleacherNation blewett

    I’ve seen alot of Little League teams with better fundamentals than the Cubs are showing.

    • Drew7

      No, no you havent.

  • Medicos

    BULLSEYE

    BALTIMORE—-75 CHICAGO—-69

    The Wizards knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs with a 75-69 win. Baltimore won 3 out of the 4 games in Chicago. Carlos Boozer probably played his final game as a Chicago Bull.

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