CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 7: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs looks on against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 7, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Cubs 8-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cubs Lose Another Game To Reds, Skid Reaches Eight

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Cubs Losing Streak Longest Since 2010

What started out as a promising trip to the mound for Doug Davis quickly turned ugly, and the Cubs dropped yet another winnable game. Their losing streak has now extended to eight, the first such time since May of 2010.

Doug Davis was able to hold the game close four four innings — backed by doubles by Aramis Ramirez and Blake DeWitt, but the wheels came off in the bottom of the fifth. Davis exited after pitching just 4 2/3, while giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks.

The rest of the damage was allowed by John Grabow, who pitched a single inning, but gave up four more runs. The only offense the Cubs could muster on the night came on the dobules by Ramirez and DeWitt, and an RBI hit by Lou Motnanez in the ninth. Edinson Volquez, though getting into a bit of trouble early, regained his composure and threw 7.0 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits, while striking out five.

The Cubs will try to end their slide and avert the sweep as the two teams play an early game on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch will be at 11:35 A.M., CDT.


Cubs Try To Turn Around Skid Against Reds

After losing their seventh straight game on Monday evening, the Cubs are searching for anyone who can lead them to a victory again. On Tuesday they'll see if Doug Davis can turn his season around and get them a badly needed win.

Davis has had a bit of a rough season filling in in the Cubs rotation. On the year, he's 0-4 with a 5.95 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. Davis is coming off of a start against Houston in which he gave up three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings pitched, but took the loss anyway. In his career against Cincinnati, Davis is 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Joey Votto is 2-for-4 against Davis in his career with a double.

Pitching for the Reds will be recently returned starter Edinson Volquez. After some early season troubles,  Volquez had a brief stint in the minor leagues, where he was 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA. Now he's been recalled and the Reds are hoping he can carry that performance back into the majors. In his career against the Cubs, he's 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

The weather in Cincinnati is expected to be clear and hot, with a game time temperature in the upper-80s. First pitch will be at 6:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN and FS-O.

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