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11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE1:20 PM CT, May 18, 2017
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 36,023

Happ, Cubs aim for sweep of Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. After taking the opener on Thursday, the Reds dropped the final three games at the Giants over the weekend. The Reds have six losses this season when collecting 10+ hits, tied for second most in the NL behind Miami with seven.
  2. The Cubs fell under .500 for just the third time this season after dropping the final two games at the Cardinals. It is the latest in the season Chicago has a losing record since finishing the 2014 season at 73-89.
  3. Joey Votto's on base streak reached 18 games after going 2-for-4 in the loss to San Francisco on Sunday. Votto's streak is currently the third longest in the majors behind Mitch Haniger (25) and Matt Kemp (19).
  4. Ian Happ had a home run on Saturday and a double on Sunday to start his career. Happ is the first Cub with an extra-base hit in each of his first two MLB games since Jorge Soler had one in each of his first five from August 27 -- September 1, 2014.
  5. Bronson Arroyo is 14-11 with a 3.06 ERA in 33 career games against the Cubs. Arroyo's 14 wins over Chicago are tied with Adam Wainwright for the most among active pitchers.
  6. John Lackey allowed just four hits while striking out 10 over seven innings in a win over the Rockies last time out. It was only the fourth outing of Lackey's career with 10+ strikeouts and four hits or fewer in at least seven innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/16/2017 thru 5/18/2017

CHICAGO -- Ian Happ seems a pretty good bet to stay in the Chicago Cubs' lineup -- at least in the near term.

The rookie outfielder, called up from Triple-A Iowa for his major league debut Saturday in St. Louis, has filled in admirably with Jason Heyward on the disabled list due to a sprained finger.

"We weren't anticipating an extremely long-term stay," Cubs president Theo Epstein said this week. "We're going to read and react based on how he plays and what's going on with the other guys with their health."

Happ batted cleanup for the second straight night on Wednesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. He is batting .308 with two home runs and four RBIs through four games.

Heyward could come off the disabled list later this week, according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, but no date is set.

The Cubs and Reds wrap up their three-game Wrigley Field series with a Thursday afternoon game as Chicago looks for a series sweep.

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (1-2, 3.45 ERA) makes his ninth start of the season. He is 3-1 all-time against Cincinnati with a 3.72 ERA. The Reds may will recall left-hander Amir Garrett (3-2, 4.25 ERA) from the minors to make the start.

Garrett made six starts for the Reds through May 6. Then he went down to Triple-A Louisville and pitched effectively on Friday against Charlotte in a 5-2 loss.

"He threw great -- two innings, six strikeouts, 29 pitches -- really good fastball, slider combo, overpowering," Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "In the same respect, if he hadn't pitched well, he's still a guy we wanted to have back."

Garrett will be opposing the Cubs for the first time.

Lester has five no-decisions this season. He is coming off a Saturday loss in St. Louis in which he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked four and matched a season high with nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

One of his no-decisions came on April 21 when he allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

In 10 career starts against the Reds, Lester is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA.

Happ, the Cubs first-round draft pick in 2015, had a pretty good big league debut, going 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning home run against the Cardinals.

In his Wrigley Field debut on Tuesday, Happ was in the cleanup spot, and he homered again. Since 2014, he is the third Cub to hit at least two homers in his first three games, joining Javier Baez and Jorge Soler.

He is also the first Cub since Carmelo Martinez in 1983 to homer in a debut road game and his first home game.

"You have to be mentally tough," Happ said. "You have to understand if you take it pitch by pitch, you'll have a chance at success."

The Reds return home after the Thursday series finale. They open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

The Cubs remain home for a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Updated May 18, 2017

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