Griffey, Arroyo meet Nationals

Griffey, Arroyo meet Nationals in series finale

The Reds and Nationals will meet for the final time this season in Thursday's rubber game at Great American Ball Park.

Bronson Arroyo will pitch for Cincinnati against Washington right-hander Zach Day.

Arroyo is coming off his first and only loss with the Reds. Although credited with a quality start for giving up three earned runs over six innings, he allowed a career-high 11 hits in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Arizona.

The last time Arroyo faced Washington was April 26 at RFK Stadium, when he gave up just one hit in eight innings for a smooth 5-0 victory.

Pitching matchup
CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (5-1, 2.36 ERA)
Arroyo has six quality starts in seven games for the Reds this season. The team is 5-2 in games Arroyo pitches and average 5.6 runs per game.

WAS: RHP Zach Day (2-3, 7.11 ERA)
Day, a Cincinnati native and 1996 graduate of LaSalle High School, will make his second career start in his hometown. He allowed two runs and six hits in a win for the Expos on June 4, 2004.

Player to watch
Adam Dunn is 3-for-8 (.375) with two home runs in previous meetings vs. Day.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• FSN Ohio

On radio
• WLW 700-AM

Up next
• Friday: Phillies (RHP Cole Hamels, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Reds (LHP Dave Williams, 2-2, 7.85 ERA), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Phillies (RHP Jon Lieber, 2-4, 6.60 ERA) at Reds (RHP Elizardo Ramirez, 1-2, 3.18 ERA), 6:10 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Phillies (RHP Brett Myers, 2-1, 2.96 ERA) at Reds (LHP Brandon Claussen, 2-4, 5.79 ERA), 6:10 p.m. ET

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.