(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds are apparently the perfect streak-
prolonging opponent for the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs haven't shut the same foe out in three consecutive games in more than
three decades, but they can do so on Wednesday night -- and complete a sweep
of this week's three-game series -- when they host the Reds in the finale at
Chicago had four pitchers hold Cincinnati to three hits in a 1-0 victory on
Monday, then saw Jake Arrieta flirt with a gem before settling for a one-
hitter in a 7-0 triumph on Tuesday.
Arrieta struck out 13 and allowed only an eighth-inning double to Brandon
Phillips while going the distance.
The Cubs haven't blanked the same opponent three times since doing it to the
Reds across three months in 1982. Cincinnati hasn't had it happen against it
since that time either.
The Reds will try to avoid their first sweep loss to Chicago since 2009 when
they face Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks, who tossed six innings and allowed four
runs against them in his big-league debut in July.
In his subsequent nine starts, Hendricks posted a 1.60 earned run average and
won six of seven decisions. He was hit hard in his last outing and dropped an
11-1 decision to Toronto seven days ago after allowing four runs in less than
six innings of work.
"I felt strong through the whole outing, but it sucks getting beat like that,"
he said. "For me personally, I'm just going to move on."
The Cubs could return to the lineup first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who missed 18
games with a back problem before returning Monday to deliver a walk-off home
run. He sat out Tuesday's game.
"I would say I plan on giving him every other day (off) and will increase his
playing time to two days in a row, maybe three," manager Rick Renteria said.
The Reds counter with rookie right-hander Daniel Corcino, who makes his fourth
big-league appearance and second start.
He tossed an inning of scoreless relief against the Cubs in late August, then
made his initial start against Milwaukee on Friday and went six innings,
allowing two runs and two hits.
"He impressed me a great deal," manager Bryan Price said. "He's a little bit
more polished than I anticipated seeing and he handled that situation very,
On Tuesday, Arrieta (9-5) faced the minimum through seven frames and was five
outs away from tossing the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history. The right-hander
was ahead 0-2 on Phillips before the slugging second baseman lined a gapper to
the warning track in left for Cincinnati's only hit.
Rookie center fielder Matt Szczur made a valiant attempt with an all-out dive
near the wall but came up well short as Phillips strolled in with a double.
Arrieta stranded Phillips on second and finished with a career-high 13
Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI while Chris Coghlan blew
the game open with a three-run double in the sixth.
Any chance Johnny Cueto (18-9) had of challenging Clayton Kershaw for the NL
Cy Young Award fell by the wayside after he surrendered a season high-tying
six runs on five hits and five walks.
This was the third time this year Arrieta took a no- hitter into the seventh,
including setting down the first 18 Reds the previous time he faced them on