Game Fifty-Nine – Cubs 1 Reds 7
The Cubs looked out of sync tonight and once you thought they have left one of the worst May’s in club history, in May. Think again. The Cubs looked confused and impatient at the plate all night, The merry-go-round known as the Cubs pitching staff, put Glendon Rusch on the hill and he tumbled off or rolled off early in the game. Rusch lasted 3 1/3 threw 78 pitches, gave up 7 hits, 5 runs (all earned) 1 walk, struck out 5 and gave up 3 long balls. The Cubs lost 2 out of 3 against the Astros, and they are one of the coldest teams in the game. The Reds before tonight have yet to lose in the month of June and are were tied with the Cards for 1st in the Central. Who would of thought? The game started in favor of the Cubbies, with one out Tony Womack homered to the seats in right field. Cubs 1 Reds 0. Womack has been a great addition to this struggling offense, granted before tonight Womack was in a 0-9 slump but answered tonight going 2-4. Womack ended his relationship with Reds about as bad as Hollywood divorce without a prenup, and every time he plays them he wants to make them regret their decision. It is too bad he forgot to tell the rest of his teammates. Without Womack the Cubs would have been shut out for the 2nd straight night.
The Reds didn’t waste any time, Freel struck out swinging, Felipe Lopez singled to center and Rich Aurilia doubled to the wall in center to score Lopez. Dunn and Kearns both flied out to end the inning. Rusch looked like he might have been in command of his game in the 2nd and 3rd, but the wheels came off the already broken down Ruschmobile and he gave up two long balls in the bottom of the 4th. To start the inning Kearns singled to left, Hattenberg grounded in to a FC, Kearns out at second with Hattenberg safe at first. Brandon Phillips homered to left; David Ross must have thought Phillips was leading a game of Simon Sez and also homers to left. Arroyo K’d swinging. Freel singled to left. Aardsma relieved Rusch. Freel stole second, Lopez walked and Aurilia flew out to right to end the inning and the night for the Cubs. Cubs 1 Reds 5. With the Reds leading 5-1, the Cubs tried to cut into the lead in the top of the 6th. With two outs Womack reached on an infield single and Barrett singled to left. Runners on first and second Todd Walker comes to the plate with already recording two singles on the evening….pops out to short center on the first pitch. Baker looked disgusted as the camera panned to the dugout. Threat over and game over. The Red Legs added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th. Cubs 1 Reds 7. In the top of the 9th the Cubs went down in order and Reds’ pitching retired the last 10 Cubs in order to end the game. The Cubs lose a sleeper to the Reds in front of 26,000….7-1.
Can you believe I am checking who the Pirates are playing and hoping that they lose, every night. Go San Fran. After taking two out of three from the Reds at Wrigley and the same against the Cards and taking the first game at Minute Enron Made Field in commanding fashion I was bathing in the Kool-Aid. Now the tub is empty. This team is in shambles and a healthy D-Lee is the only thing that can give us some hope. I am not here to say the season is over and I won’t until the math Gods say so. But just a positive thought to end this article, the Reds were 5 games behind the Cards to start the month of June and they got hot. Now they are the in 1st place in the Central Division….the Reds….anything is possible.
Until Next Time….but always GO CUBBIES!!