Game One Hundred-Five – Cubs 6 Reds 3
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Tom Gorzelanny made his Cubs’ debut on Tuesday night against the Reds … and turned in a gem. In his first big league start since last September, Gorzelanny tossed seven innings of shutout ball and did not allow a run while he was on the mound. Gorzelanny attacked Reds’ hitters all night. He allowed only three hits with a walk and a hit batsman. Gorzelanny left in the eighth with two on and one out after he allowed his third hit of the game … it was the first time all night the Reds put two runners on base against Gorzelanny.
Gorzelanny even contributed with his bat in the Cubs’ four-run sixth inning. Gorzelanny delivered a two-out RBI single to left that plated Alfonso Soriano with the Cubs fourth run.
Tom Gorzelanny allowed one run on three hits with a walk, a hit batsman and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Gorzelanny received a standing ovation from the Faithful in attendance when he left the mound … and he tipped his cap in appreciation.
Kosuke Fukudome led off the game with his eighth home run of the year. Fukudome had a great night at the plate (2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and was robbed of an extra base hit by Willy Taveras in the fifth) but the Cubs’ offense could not manage another run off of Johnny Cueto until the sixth inning.
The Cubs scored all four of their runs in the sixth with two outs. Koyie Hill delivered the big hit of the inning, a bloop double into left center that Willy Taveras could not haul in. Gorzelanny followed Hill with a single to left that chased Johnny Cueto from the game. Kosuke Fukudome drove in the fourth run of the inning with a single to right off of southpaw Daniel Ray Herrera.
Derrek Lee ripped his 22nd homer of the year leading off the seventh, two more than last season’s total. Lee gave the Cubs a commanding 6-0 lead at the time.
The bottom of the Cubs lineup drove in three of the Cubs’ six runs. Koyie Hill and Tom Gorzelanny were a combined 3-for-7 with two doubles, a run scored, a walk and three RBI.
After Joey Votto broke up the shutout with a two-out single to center in the eighth off of Sean Marshall, Angel Guzman struck out Brandon Phillips with two on and the Cubs up 6-1. Guzman ran into trouble in the ninth after hitting Jonny Gomes on a 0-2 pitch to leadoff the inning.
Wladimir Balentien followed with his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot over the wall in right center. Guzman retired Laynce Nix on a grounder to second but Craig Tatum doubled off the wall in left. The overly aggressive Willy Taveras grounded out to second on the second pitch of the at bat to end the game … with the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Tom Gorzelanny made a very positive impression in his first game as a Chicago Cub. Gorzelanny gave his new team innings and pitched with a lot of confidence after finding his rhythm early on.
The Cubs improved to 3-2 on their current 10-game trip and with the win are a season-high nine games over .500 … Tuesday night was all about Tom Gorzelanny. He really picked up his new team on a night their skipper needed innings out of his starter. With all of the innings the Cubs’ pen had already logged on the trip, Gorzelanny came out throwing strikes … after Kosuke Fukudome gave him a one-run lead before he threw his first pitch.
Tom Gorzelanny retired Willy Taveras on a pop out to Aramis Ramirez to start the game. Adam Rosales followed with a triple to left off of Alfonso Soriano’s glove. With the tying run on third, Gorzelanny struck out Joey Votto swinging … then ended the inning by striking out Brandon Phillips swinging. Gorzelanny set the tone early.
Gorzelanny retired the Reds in order in the second, worked around a two-out single by Willy Taveras in the third and sat down the Reds 1-2-3 again in the fourth. Ryan Theriot committed a two-out error in the fifth that prolonged the inning but Gorzelanny struck out Johnny Cueto to end the inning.
After his new team gave him a comfortable lead in the top of the sixth, Gorzelanny put together a shutdown inning in the bottom half. After six complete, Gorzelanny had tossed only 74 pitches.
The Reds first and only walk off of Gorzelanny did not come until the seventh, a two-out free pass to Wladimir Balentien … Alex Gonzalez flied out to center to end the inning.
After seven complete Tom Gorzelanny had tossed just 89 pitches and retired Ryan Hanigan on a ground out to second to start the eighth. Craig Tatum pinch-hit for Arthur Rhodes and was hit on the first pitch of the at bat. Willy Taveras then singled to center, the Reds third hit, and chased Gorzelanny from the game … it was the first time all night the Reds put two runners on base.
Sean Marshall replaced Gorzelanny and struck out Adam Rosales for the second out but Joey Votto delivered a single to center on a 1-1 pitch that drove in Tatum with the Reds’ first run. Angel Guzman was summoned and struck out Brandon Phillips swinging.
The Cubs offense could not tack on until the sixth inning. The Reds defense kept the Cubs off the board in the fifth thanks to a tremendous catch in left center by Willy Taveras that robbed Kosuke Fukudome of a bases clearing double … then Alex Gonzalez and Brandon Phillips turned in a web-gem-of-a-double-play that ended the inning.
Aramis Ramirez doubled off the wall in left center with one-out in the sixth. Jake Fox was hit on a 1-0 pitch. With runners on first and second with one out, Alfonso Soriano singled to right to load the bases. Mike Fontenot worked the count to 3-2 but chased ball four and struck out swinging for the second out.
With the Cubs up 1-0, Koyie Hill stepped in. He looked at ball one before dropping a single into shallow left center just in front of a diving Willy Taveras. Ramirez and Fox scored, 3-0 Cubs. Tom Gorzelanny, after walking earlier in the game, worked the count to 3-2 then blooped a single into left, Soriano scored with the Cubs fourth run.
Dusty Baker lifted Johnny Cueto for Daniel Ray Herrera.
Kosuke Fukudome delivered his second RBI of the game … a two-out single to right on a 2-2 pitch. Koyie Hill scored, 5-0 Cubs.
The Cubs improved to 14-5 since the All-Star break with Tuesday’s victory … best in the National League. As Ron Santo said, “Welcome to the Chicago Cubs Tom Gorzelanny.”
Rich Harden will face Justin Lehr in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday … and their last game of the season in the Queen City.