Game Fifty-Nine – Cubs 2 Reds 8
WP – Edinson Volquez (4-2) LP – Doug Davis (0-5) Save – None
Tuesday was another long, frustrating night for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs lost their eighth game in a row and continue to provide little competition for the opposition. Once again, the Cubs did little to anything with runners on base, hit with no power and the pitching staff struggled throwing strikes.
Blake DeWitt led the offense for the second night in a row. DeWitt finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a RBI and a run scored. Darwin Barney recorded his 24th multi-hit game with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Luis Montanez came off the bench and drove in the Cubs’ second run with a single in the ninth.
The Cubs hit the ball but again, not when it counted and with little to no power. Three of the Cubs 10 hits went for extra bases (three doubles) and one of those was a gift double by Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs managed only two walks, hit into three double plays and finished the game 3-for-8 with RISP with seven left on base.
The Cubs have been outscored 52-22 during the eight-game losing streak.
Doug Davis lost for the fifth time in a Cubs’ uniform. Davis lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. A misplayed ball by Aramis Ramirez started the Reds’ two-run fifth inning that put the game away.
The Reds tacked on in a big way in the seventh inning. Miguel Cairo hit the second grand slam of his career, this one a towering blast off John Grabow. Grabow struggled with his command and fell behind in the count throughout his inning of work. Cairo made him pay for his wildness. Grabow had to come in with the bases loaded and one out and Cairo hit a bomb into the upper deck at Great American Ball Park.
The Cubs have lost 11 of 13 and find themselves a season-low 13 games under .500 with a 23-36 mark on the season … Like Monday night the Cubs scored the first run of the game. Aramis Ramirez led off the second with a double to right on a rare mistake by Jay Bruce. Bruce misplayed the fly ball and Aramis slid into second with a double.
Blake DeWitt followed with a double to right center on a 3-1 pitch. Ramirez lumbered around third and scored. Tony Campana dropped down a bunt on a 2-0 pitch. The ball stopped right in front of the plate. Ramon Hernandez looked DeWitt back to second and threw out the speedy Campana at first. Campana slipped on the bag, hit the ground and appeared to be in a lot of pain. Campana stayed in the game but the failed execution cost the Cubs a run.
Geovany Soto ripped a single into right. DeJesus held DeWitt at third and did not try to score on Jay Bruce. Doug Davis dropped down a bunt. Soto advanced to second.
With runners on second and third with two outs, Kosuke Fukudome worked the Cubs first walk of the game.
Darwin Barney ended up reaching for ball four and grounded out to second (eighth pitch of the at bat) to end the inning. The Cubs missed a golden opportunity … How many times has that been said this season?
Doug Davis faced the minimum in the bottom of the second … but the Reds would finally get to him in the third.
Paul Janish led off the third with a single to left. Edinson Volquez sacrificed him to second. Drew Stubbs launched a 0-1 pitch over Blake DeWitt’s head in left. The ball hit off the wall and Janish scored easily … game tied at one.
Davis struck out Brandon Phillips swinging and retired Votto on a ground out to second.
After Volquez faced the minimum in the fourth (DeWitt single, Campana strike out and Soto grounded into a 6-4-3 double play), the Reds took the lead for good in the home half.
Jay Bruce led off the fourth with a single to right center. Jonny Gomes struck out swinging then Dusty put on the hit and run with Miguel Cairo. Cairo singled to right and Bruce advanced to third on the play.
Ramon Hernandez broke the 1-1 tie on the first pitch from Davis. Hernandez hit a deep fly to right, Bruce tagged and scored … 2-1 Reds.
Paul Janish struck out swinging to end the fourth.
The Cubs pathetic defense helped the Reds in the fifth. Edinson Volquez hit a weak grounder to the hole at short. Ramirez went to field the ball then pulled his glove back at the lat minute. He appeared to think that Castro could make a play on the ball but Ramirez’s momentum was taking him toward first …
Drew Stubbs singled to left on a 2-0 pitch and the Reds were in business. Doug Davis walked Brandon Phillips to load the bases … with no outs.
Joey Votto stepped in and put together a very good at bat that resulted in a walk. Votto’s patience forced in the Reds’ third run of the game. It is so refreshing to see a slugger that does not walk to the plate swinging.
Davis struck out Jay Bruce swinging for the first out of the inning.
Mike Quade went to the hill and brought in Rodrigo Lopez to face Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded and one out. Gomes just missed a grand slam and settled for a sac fly to right … Kosuke’s back was against the wall. Stubbs tagged and scored … 4-1 Reds.
Miguel Cairo grounded out to second to end the inning.
The game remained 4-1 until Mike Quade sent John Grabow to the hill in the seventh … and another loss went from bad to embarrassing rather quickly.
Brandon Phillips led off the seventh with a double to left. Joey Votto followed with a single to left. Phillips held at third with no outs. John Grabow then walked Jay Bruce on four pitches to load the bases.
Grabow struck out Jonny Gomes but could not get past Miguel Cairo.
Cairo launched a 1-1 pitch deep to left. The ball ended up in the second deck and Cairo trotted around the bases after hitting the second grand slam of his career. Pat Hughes speculated the ball Cairo hit off Grabow might have been the longest home run of his career. To say Cairo crushed it would be an understatement.
After seven, the Reds led 8-1.
The Cubs added a single run in the top of the ninth. Blake DeWitt led off the inning with his second double of the game. Luis Montanez put together a solid at bat and singled to center on a 3-2 pitch. DeWitt slid in under Stubbs’ throw and scored the Cubs’ second run of the game.
Geovany Soto, who looks lost at the plate, hit into his second double play of the night and D.J. LeMahieu grounded out to short to end the game.
If Mike Quade thought rock bottom for this team happened the last time they were in Cincinnati, one must wonder what he’s thinking now?
Ryan Dempster will face Bronson Arroyo Wednesday morning (11:35am CDT first pitch) in the finale of the series.