Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 2 Reds 7
WP – Sam LeCure (1-1) LP – Casey Coleman (2-8) Save – None
For the second time in his last six starts Casey Coleman could not complete four innings of work. The Reds rocked Coleman on Wednesday night because Coleman could not throw quality strikes again. After a very good first inning, Coleman started pitching from behind and leaving everything up. Coleman issued three walks and all three scored on extra basehits from Ramon Hernandez and Juan Francisco.
Casey Coleman allowed six runs on six hits, one home run, in 3 2/3 innings. Coleman struck out four and walked three on 80 pitches, 47 for strikes. Counting Wednesday night, the Cubs have lost the last eight games started by Casey Coleman.
The Cubs pen did a good job of keeping the Reds off the board in relief of Coleman but Q’s offense appeared to be going through the motions even after Johnny Cueto left in the fourth with a strained right lat. The Cubs managed only two runs and both of those came in the sixth after the Reds had a commanding 6-0 lead.
Starlin Castro notched his 54th multi-hit game of the season. Castro was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Castro is eight hits away from 200 and has reached base in 27 straight games, a career-high.
Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4 with a run scored) and Carlos Pena (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) continued to produce in the middle of the lineup. Alfonso Soriano (0-for-4 with a RBI) drove in the Cubs other run with a fielder’s choice groundout in the sixth. Soriano tied his highest RBI total as a Cub with no. 79.
Tyler Colvin recorded one of the Cubs seven hits pinch-hitting for John Grabow in the seventh. The Cubs offense was 1-for-4 with RISP and left five on base. The Cubs hit into two double plays and managed only one walk against Reds pitching on Wednesday night.
With Wednesday’s victory, the Reds secured a winning season series against the Cubs. Q’s Cubs are 7-10 versus the Redlegs with one more to play.
The Cubs dropped back to 19 games under .500 with a 65-84 mark on the season …
Casey Coleman threw the ball extremely well in the first inning. He stayed ahead in the count, which is key for Coleman, and threw first pitch strikes to all four batters he faced. Casey struck out Phillips to start the game. Edgar Renteria singled to left but Joey Votto (flyout to center) and Jay Bruce (flyout to center) were retired quickly to end the inning.
Marlon Byrd singled to center with one out in the second … but Darwin Barney struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch and Byrd was caught in a rundown (2-4-3-6) to end the inning. Cueto faced the minimum after the Cubs “hit” into their second double play of the game.
Casey Coleman retired Chris Heisey on a flyout to right center (first inning) to start the bottom of the second. Juan Francisco followed with a double to the wall in left center. Soriano took a bad route to the ball and Francisco ended up at second.
Coleman jumped ahead of the free-swinging Drew Stubbs 0-2 before issuing four straight out of the strike zone … the beginning of the end for Casey Coleman.
Ramon Hernandez launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left center … 3-0 Reds. Johnny Cueto grounded out to second to end the inning.
After Soto struck out swinging and Coleman grounded out to first to start the third, Castro walked and Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch. With two on, two out and down by three, Aramis Ramirez popped the first pitch to Joey Votto to end the inning.
At the end of two and a half, 3-0 Reds and that was as close as the Cubs would get to the Reds on Wednesday night.
Edgar Renteria struck out looking to start the home half of the third … then Casey lost all control. Coleman issued back-to-back free passes to Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Chris Heisey hit a chopper over the mound. Castro’s only play was first base and both Votto and Bruce advanced ninety feet.
Juan Francisco made it 5-0 with a two-out single to right center. All three of the walks issued by Coleman in the first three innings scored.
Francisco stole second ahead of Stubbs grounding out to third to end the inning.
Johnny Cueto retired Carlos Pena on a lineout to Phillips to start the fourth. After throwing a first pitch strike to Soriano, Cueto grabbed the back of his right arm and received a visit from the Reds’ trainer. Cueto threw several warm-up pitches and stayed in the game. Cueto retired Soriano on a pop out to second … then received a visit from Dusty Baker.
Johnny Cueto left the game and was not happy about it. Cueto showed Dusty where his arm/shoulder hurt and that was enough for Baker. Cueto left with a strained right lat.
Sam LeCure took over and retired Byrd on a flyout to right center … 1-2-3 for the Cubs in the fourth.
Ramon Hernandez led off the fourth with a double to left center (2-0 pitch). Coleman continued to struggle and ran the count full to Sam LeCure before striking him out. Phillips grounded out to second, Hernandez ended up at third and scored on a single to center by Edgar Renteria.
With the Reds up 6-0, Mike Quade decided he’d seen enough. John Gaub replaced Coleman and struck out Joey Votto swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Sam LeCure in the fifth.
Quade went back to his pen and sent John Grabow out to start the fifth. Jay Bruce popped out to Castro in short center for the first out. Chris Heisey singled to center but was doubled off first to end the inning when Francisco lined to second … and Barney’s throw beat Heisey back to the bag.
Starlin Castro singled to left (0-2 pitch) to start the sixth, hit no. 192. After Reed Johnson struck out, Aramis Ramirez single to left center (2-0 pitch). Castro ended up at third and trotted home on a double by Carlos Pena. Pena ripped a 2-0 pitch from LeCure off the wall in left. Ramirez held at third with one down.
Alfonso Soriano grounded out to Renteria (2-1 pitch). Ramirez scored … 6-2 Reds. Byrd popped the first pitch into center to end the inning.
The Reds went down in order in the sixth. Grabow retired Stubbs (struck out swinging), Hernandez (tap back to the mound) and Dave Sappelt (ground out to second) rather quickly.
Tyler Colvin hit for Grabow and blooped a two-out single into center in the seventh … but that was it for the Cubs against Logan Ondrusek.
As the rain began to fall, Kerry Wood took the mound in the bottom of the seventh and retired the Reds in order. Woody struck out Phillips, Renteria flied out to right and Votto struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Nick Masset in the eighth.
Chris Heisey lined a 0-1 pitch from Ramon Ortiz with one out in the eighth over the wall in left … 7-2 Reds. Juan Francisco and Drew Stubbs grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Jose Arredondo in the ninth … game over.
The Cubs were never in the game and just went through the motions on Wednesday night.
Randy Wells against Homer Bailey in the series and season finale against the Reds on Thursday night.