Series: Game 3 of 2

Cincinnati won 2-0

Game 1: Friday, August 3
Game 2: Saturday, August 4
in 10
Game 3: Sunday, August 5

1:35 PM ET, August 5, 2007

PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Starting Pitchers

Cincinnati: Arroyo (9-15, 4.23 ERA)

Pittsburgh: Gorzelanny (14-10, 3.88 ERA)

Reds-Pirates Preview


After a rough first three months of the season, Bronson Arroyo had been showing some signs of improvement.

He completely regressed his last time out, though, and will look to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career on Sunday when the Cincinnati Reds conclude their three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in a matchup of the two worst teams in the NL.

Arroyo (4-12, 4.72 ERA) won 14 games and was the Reds' lone All-Star a year ago, but is among the league leaders in losses, runs and hits this season.

The right-hander was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in just 1 2-3 innings -- the shortest start of his career -- in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to Washington. Arroyo had gone 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous six starts after a stretch of going 0-7 with a 7.28 ERA over nine games.

"The worst part of being a starting pitcher is having to wait four days after you get beat up," Arroyo told the team's official Web site. "You definitely want to get back out on the mound and get your groove back, if you can."

Arroyo won't have to wait as long to take the hill, as he makes this start on three days' rest as the Reds continue to press forward while ace Aaron Harang is recovering from a sore lower back.

Arroyo struggled in his only start against the Pirates this season, allowing six runs, seven hits and four walks in four innings of a 9-5 loss on May 26. He has lost both of his career starts at PNC Park, allowing seven runs in 13 innings in those games.

Cincinnati (47-64) beat Pittsburgh 9-8 in 10 innings on Saturday after winning Friday's series opener 13-4. The Reds entered this series on a five-game losing streak, scoring just nine runs in those contests.

"We're swinging the bats pretty good right now," said Adam Dunn, who hit a two-run homer in the 10th on Saturday. "It's a funny game. You've got to take the good with the bad, and hopefully the good lasts a whole lot longer than the bad does."

Dunn his homered in three consecutive games, and has been a tough out for Pittsburgh all year. The Reds slugger has hit seven of his 30 homers against the Pirates, with four in five games at PNC Park.

Last-place Pittsburgh (44-64) has won just four of 20 games since the All-Star break.

Tom Gorzelanny (9-6, 3.55) hopes some extra rest will refresh his shoulder as he returns to the Pirates' starting rotation Sunday for the first time in more than a week.

Gorzelanny skipped his last turn in the rotation after leaving his July 25 start against the New York Mets in the third inning due to shoulder stiffness.

"I tried to pitch through it," the 25-year-old right-hander said after giving up six runs and seven hits in a season-low 2 1-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Mets. "It kind of bothered me. It just feels like that middle of the year stiffness."

Gorzelanny, who was a candidate for the final roster spot on the NL All-Star team, is still seeking his first win since the break. He went 3-0 with a 3.29 ERA in his final four starts before the All-Star game, but is 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts since.

In his only career start against the Reds, Gorzelanny gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings of an 8-1 loss on April 28.

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakW1L4
Last 103-72-8

Pitching Matchup

B. Arroyo
0-0, 0.00 ERA

T. Gorzelanny
0-0, 0.00 ERA

Gameday Lineups

1. N. Hopper, CF N. McLouth, CF
2. J. Keppinger, LF C. Izturis, 3B
3. K. Griffey Jr., RF F. Sanchez, 2B
4. B. Phillips, 2B A. LaRoche, 1B
5. J. Conine, 1B J. Bay, LF
6. E. Encarnacion, 3B R. Doumit, C
7. A. Gonzalez, SS J. Bautista, RF
8. D. Ross, C J. Wilson, SS
9. B. Arroyo, P T. Gorzelanny, P