Game One Hundred Nine – Cubs 0 Reds 3
WP – Bronson Arroyo (12-6) LP – Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) Save – Francisco Cordero (30)
Lou Piniella’s lame duck crew was shut out for the eighth time this season Friday afternoon … the seventh time since June 19. Bronson Arroyo dominated the Cubs free-swinging offense. Arroyo surrendered just five hits and a walk while striking out seven in seven innings.
Once again the Cubs had chances but no one could come up with that elusive clutch hit. The Cubs finished the game 0-for-6 with RISP and left seven on base.
Tom Gorzelanny put together his ninth quality start of the year. After a shaky start, Gorzelanny settled down and completed seven innings. The Reds managed just four hits off Gorzelanny but the southpaw issued four walks … and one came around to score in the second.
Ryan Hanigan gave the Reds a 2-0 lead in the second with his third home run of the season, second of the year off Cubs’ pitching. Jay Bruce led off the second with a walk and came around to score on Hanigan’s dinger.
After Hanigan’s homer, Gorzelanny found a groove and retired 12 in a row before a one-out single in the seventh by Paul Janish. Brandon Phillips drove him in with two-out single to left.
The Cubs pathetic offense managed only five singles in nine innings and only three walks … two of the free passes came in the ninth.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs have dropped eight of 11 to the Reds this season (3-8) and for the year they slipped back to 15 under with a 47-62 record … The Cubs offense continued to be the story Friday afternoon … as it has for a majority of the season. The Cubs have scored 463 runs this year. They have scored in double digits in nine games, which accounts for 112 of those runs. So in the other 100 ballgames this season, the Cubs have plated 351 runs … and in 26 games, the Cubs have been held to one run or less. Hey, what can Lou say, it’s a way of life.
Tom Gorzelanny did not have it in the first three innings. Gorzelanny issued all four free passes in 2 1/3 innings before settling in. But by then the Reds already had a 2-0 lead and with Bronson Arroyo on the mound, the game was over.
The Cubs best scoring chance came in fifth.
Blake DeWitt led off with a single to right. Geovany Soto followed with a single to right. Tom Gorzelanny stepped in to sacrifice but Arroyo uncorked a wild pitch that advanced both runners ninety feet.
Gorzelanny was left in and struck out swinging. Tyler Colvin then popped out to short and Starlin Castro struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs did not manage another threat until the ninth. Aramis Ramirez walked with one out and Kosuke Fukudome worked a two-out free pass. But Blake DeWitt hit a high-chopper back to Francisco Cordero to end the game.
A majority of the players as well as their manager are just playing out the season … too bad there are two months left on the baseball calendar.
Randy Wells will face Edinson Volquez on Saturday afternoon.