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Reds vs. Pirates, Game 2: Preview and Predictions

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David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs

@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Great American Ball Park

Mike Leake v. Charlie Morton


What a comeback last night. Even up against the mat, this team has found a way. Tonight will be just as tough of a matchup, though.

The Reds have Mike Leake going, who beat the Cubs in his last start, going 7 and giving up 3 runs. This'll be his third start against Pittsburgh this year, his other two coming in April.

Barring another late change, the Buccos will have Charlie Morton on the hill. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings when he faced the Reds in April, but threw 7 scoreless against the Cards in his last start.

The Reds made a small move this afternoon, sending Curtis Partch back to AAA after his fill-in duty last night, and bringing up Neftali Soto. He won't start everyday or anything, but he's been hitting well in Louisville and will likely get some playing time at 1B.

The bullpen is still pretty spent though, and Chapman has pitched 4 days in a row. You'd have to think Broxton is on the cards to get the save tonight if it comes up.

Go Reds!

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Bullpen Log

Reliever 7/6 7/7 7/8 7/9 7/10 5 day totals
Carlos Contreras
2.1, 44p

2.0, 31p 4.1 IP, 75 pitches
Logan Ondrusek
2.0, 18p

2.0 IP, 18 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 15p

1.0, 14p
2.0 IP, 29 pitches
J.J. Hoover
2.0, 44p
2.0. 35p
4.0 IP, 79 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 17p
1.0, 21p 1.0, 13p
3.0 IP, 51 pitches
Manny Parra
0.2, 13p 0.1, 7p 1.0, 13p
2.0 IP, 33 pitches
Aroldis Chapman
1.0, 20p 1.0, 15p 1.0, 21p 1.0, 14p 4.0 IP, 70 pitches
Jumbo Diaz
1.0, 13p
1.0, 17p

2.0 IP, 30 pitches