Game Eighty – Cubs 0 Reds 12
WP – Bronson Arroyo (8-4) LP – Ryan Dempster (6-7) Save – None
The Cubs offense was pathetic once again Friday afternoon. Lou Piniella’s crew managed only two hits and two walks through the first six innings … but they found themselves down by a 1-0 score. Ryan Dempster was sharp and the Reds had managed only two hits in six innings … an infield single by Drew Stubbs and a solo homer by Brandon Phillips.
That all changed after one of the ugliest half innings in recent memory.
The Reds scored nine runs on three hits in the seventh inning while sending 13 to the plate. Ryan Dempster lost his command and walked the first two hitters he faced. Mike Fontenot dropped a chopper off the bat of Ramon Hernandez that loaded the bases with no outs. Dempster struck out Drew Stubbs but issued a four-pitch walk to Bronson Arroyo. Dempster’s fifth free pass forced in Jonny Gomes and the game went downhill from there. Dempster left with the Cubs down 2-0.
Brian Schlitter replaced Dempster and followed his lead. Schlitter walked Brandon Phillips to force in the Reds third run. Orlando Cabrera helped out the Cubs by popping Schlitter’s first offering into shallow left.
With Joey Votto at the plate, Koyie Hill appeared to get crossed up and his second passed ball of the year allowed Hernandez to scamper in with the Reds’ fourth run. Votto was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Scott Rolen then singled to center on a 1-2 pitch, Arroyo and Phillips scored.
The Reds sent eight to the plate before recording a hit. Rolen, the ninth batter of the inning, notched the Reds’ first hit.
Jonny Gomes stepped in for the second time in the seventh and doubled to left center. Two more runs scored and the embarrassing inning turned into a joke.
Brian Schlitter then walked Jay Bruce on four pitches to end his afternoon. Bobby Howry gave up a double to Ramon Hernandez that plated two more before retiring Drew Stubbs to end the inning. Stubbs made two of the three outs in the top of the seventh.
The Reds scored nine runs on three hits, six walks, a passed ball and an error in the seventh. Due to Mike Fontenot’s bobble and Koyie Hill’s passed ball, eight of the nine runs in the seventh were unearned.
Joey Votto padded his stats in the eighth and proved once again he loves hitting Cubs’ pitching. Votto ripped a two-run homer off of Jeff Stevens that completed the scoring.
The Reds scored 12 runs on nine hits and eight walks.
Lou Piniella’s crew was shutout for the fifth time in 13 games, once in each of the last five series. The offense managed only two hits and three walks, five total baserunners … and were 2-for-29 against Reds’ pitching Friday afternoon.
With the loss, the Cubs slipped to a new low under Lou Piniella, 12 games under the mediocre mark. This team has quit playing baseball … too bad there are 82 more games on the schedule. Friday was a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning. At one point, Bronson Arroyo and Ryan Dempster combined to retire 23 in a row. Dempster sat down 12 in a row after Phillips’ homer in the third but it all fell apart in the seventh.
While the players keep saying the right things, their actions speak louder than their words. This team has quit on Lou Piniella and it is time to make changes.
- The Cubs have lost 10 of 14 … shutout in five of last 10 losses
- The Cubs have scored six runs in the first five games on the homestand
- Since May 30, the Cubs are 10-20. The team with the highest payroll in the National League has lost 20 of their last 30 games.
Randy Wells is scheduled to face Johnny Cueto Saturday afternoon.