Game One Hundred Seventeen – Cubs 3, Reds 7
WP – Bronson Arroyo (9-7) LP – Travis Wood (4-9) Save – None
The Cubs began the long weekend in the Queen City with an ugly loss to the first place Reds. The Cubs wasted chances early on to put runs on the board against Bronson Arroyo before Travis Wood started serving up longballs.
Travis Wood had a bad night in his return to Cincinnati. Wood was charged with two errors with the first miscue allowing the Reds to tie the game in the second inning. Wood bounced back and singled in the Cubs’ third run in the fourth but was thrown out at second trying to advance on a throw to the plate. Wood appeared to lose his confidence and the Reds took advantage of their former teammate.
Travis Wood took the hill in the bottom of the fourth with a 3-1 lead and the Cubs scored two runs in the top half on a wild pitch and Wood’s run scoring single. But Ryan Ludwick greeted Wood with a solo home run … and the game quickly got away from the Cubs. After Ludwick’s homer cut the Cubs lead to 3-2, Wood plunked Jay Bruce. Todd Frazier stepped in and launched a two-run shot over the wall in left that put the Reds up for good. The Reds hit for the cycle in the fourth and scored five times on six hits with five of the six going for extra bases … two home runs, two doubles and a triple.
Travis Wood exited one inning later and was charged with seven runs, six earned, on nine hits (three home runs), a HBP, no walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Wood threw 97 pitches, 69 for strikes.
Michael Bowden and Alberto Cabrera pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Travis Wood. Bowden faced the minimum in his two innings and gave his team a chance to make a game of it.
The Cubs outhit the Reds (11-10) on Friday night but not with runners on base. Only three of the Cubs’ 11 hits went for extra bases while six of the Reds 10 hits were of the extra base variety. Dale Sveum’s team finished the game 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
Luis Valbuena (3-for-4 with a home run and a double) put the Cubs on the board with his first home run since June 29 (fourth of the year) in the second inning. Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a run scored) and Anthony Rizzo (2-for-5) each notched a multi-hit game while Brett Jackson (1-for-4 with a run scored) scored the Cubs’ third run on Travis Wood’s RBI single in the fourth. Steve Clevenger (1-for-2 with a double and two walks) reached base three times hitting out of the eighth spot in the lineup.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 46-71 on the season … The Cubs ran themselves out of the first inning and could not take advantage of a gift from Drew Stubbs. David DeJesus flied out to left for the first out of the game. Darwin Barney grounded out to short (2-1 pitch) for the second out. Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-0 pitch into center. Stubbs broke back initially, then recovered in time to make a catch … but he dropped the ball. Rizzo reached on the error and advanced to second after Bronson Arroyo walked Alfonso Soriano.
Starlin Castro drove a 1-2 pitch into right. Pat Listach waved in Rizzo then threw up the stop sign. Soriano did not stop between second and third. Soriano got caught in a rundown then Rizzo broke for the plate and was thrown out easily to end the inning. Bronson Arroyo threw 19 pitches in the first, 10 for strikes.
Travis Wood struck out Zack Cozart swinging to begin his night. Drew Stubbs pulled a 2-2 pitch toward the hole at short. The ball went off Valbuena and Castro’s glove and Stubbs reached on an infield single. Brandon Phillips popped out to center for the second out. Stubbs advanced to second when Wood uncorked a wild pickoff attempt. Wood did not let the error bother him and he retired Ryan Ludwick on a flyout to right to end the inning … 21 pitches for Wood in the first, 15 for strikes.
Luis Valbuena led off the second with his first longball since June 29. Valbuena’s fourth homer of the season gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Brett Jackson flied out to right center. Steve Clevenger worked a one out walk. Travis Wood struck out swinging and DeJesus grounded out to first to end the inning. Arroyo needed 41 pitches, 23 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.
After Jay Bruce flied out to right center to begin the second, Todd Frazier ripped the first pitch he saw into center. David DeJesus made a fine running catch on a ball hit toward the right field line to retire Scott Rolen. Frazier stole second with Hanigan at the plate then scored from second on an error by Travis Wood. Hanigan hit a ball toward first that Rizzo bobbled, kicked into foul ground then threw toward Wood covering first. Wood dropped Rizzo’s throw, the ball ended up in four territory and Frazier scored. Wood struck out Arroyo swinging to end the inning. Wood threw 38 pitches in the first two innings, 28 for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing in the third. Arroyo set down the side in order on seven pitches (48 pitches for Arroyo, 29 strikes).
Travis Wood retired the Reds in order in the third … 47 pitches for Wood after three, 35 for strikes.
After three, the game was tied at one.
The Cubs put a couple on the board in the fourth, but it should have been more. Starlin Castro led off with a single to center. After Luis Valbuena flied out to left, Brett Jackson worked a full count. Sveum sent Castro and Jackson drove a ball toward second. The ball hit off Phillips’ glove, rolled into right and Castro ended up at third with one out.
A 1-1 pitch to Steve Clevenger bounced in front of Ryan Hanigan, rolled away and Castro took off for the plate. Castro scored the go ahead run standing. Steve Clevenger worked a walk and Travis Wood strolled to the plate with runners on first and second with one down.
Travis Wood ripped Arroyo’s first pitch into center. Jackson motored around third and slid in safe with the Cubs’ third run. For some reason Wood tried to advance to second on the throw to the plate … and Hanigan threw him out. With Clevenger at third and two down, David DeJesus smoked a 2-2 pitch right at Jay Bruce to end the inning.
The Cubs 3-1 lead quickly evaporated in the bottom of the fourth.
Ryan Ludwick led off the fourth with a towering homer to left … and it went downhill from there for Travis Wood. Wood plunked Jay Bruce and fell behind Todd Frazier 2-0. Wood evened the count before Frazier cranked a homer to left. And just like that the Reds had a 4-3 lead.
Scott Rolen followed Frazier with a single to center. Ryan Hanigan hit into a 6-4-3 double play and it looked like Wood could get out of the inning down by only one run … but he could not throw strikes to Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo just missed a homer (3-2 pitch) and had to settle for a double off the wall in left center. Zack Cozart lined a 0-1 pitch toward third and just out of the reach of a leaping Valbuena. The ball hit off the top of his glove. Arroyo scored easily and Cozart ended up at second with a double. Drew Stubbs drove Wood’s first pitch toward right. The Cubs were playing Stubbs to pull and the speedy centerfielder ended up a third with a run scoring triple … Stubbs’ triple completed the Reds’ cycle against Wood. With the Reds up 6-3 and Stubbs on third, Brandon Phillips grounded out to short to finally end the inning.
The Reds scored five runs on six hits and a hit batsman in the fourth (two home runs, a triple and two doubles). Wood threw 35 pitches in the fourth and for the game his pitch count stood at 82, 59 for strikes.
After four complete, the Cubs trailed 6-3.
Other than a one out single by Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs did nothing against Arroyo in the fifth … 87 pitches for Arroyo after five, 53 for strikes.
Travis Wood retired Ryan Ludwick on a tap back to the mound (0-2 pitch) for the first out in the fifth. But Jay Bruce launched the Reds third longball of the night … a deep drive to right on a 0-1 pitch. With the Reds up 7-3, Todd Frazier tapped back to the mound (3-2 pitch) and Scott Rolen grounded out to short (2-1 pitch) for the third out.
After five, the Cubs trailed 7-3.
The Cubs wasted a chance to cut into the Reds lead in the sixth. Luis Valbuena led off the inning with a double to right. Brett Jackson struck out looking. Steve Clevenger pulled a 1-0 pitch toward second. Brandon Phillips backed up and fielded the high chopper and threw to Frazier for the second out. Bryan LaHair hit for Travis Wood with Valbuena at third … and flied out to left for the third out.
Michael Bowden set down the Reds in order in the sixth.
David DeJesus lined a 0-2 pitch back up the middle to start the seventh. Arroyo knocked the ball down. The ball rolled toward third, Arroyo picked up and threw out DeJesus for the first out. Darwin Barney singled to center (first pitch). Anthony Rizzo singled to left and chased Arroyo from the game.
Dusty Baker went to his pen for Jose Arredondo with runners on first and second and one out. Alfonso Soriano flied out to right and Starlin Castro grounded out to short to end the inning.
Michael Bowden faced the minimum in the seventh. Stubbs and Phillips grounded out to third to begin the frame. Ryan Ludwick just missed his second homer of the night. Ludwick crushed a 2-2 pitch toward left. The ball hit off the top of the wall. Alfonso Soriano played it perfectly and threw out Ludwick at second to end the inning.
Jonathan Broxton took over in the eight and gave up a single to Luis Valbuena … his third hit of the night. Broxton blew a fastball past Brett Jackson (2-2 pitch) for the first out. Steve Clevenger drove Broxton’s first pitch into left and ended up at second with a double. Sveum went to his bench for Adrian Cardenas with runners on second and third, one out and down by four. Cardenas struck out swinging (1-2 pitch). David DeJesus ripped another ball back up the middle … but it the burley pitcher stuck his glove out, fielded the ball and threw to first to end the inning.
Alberto Cabrera retired the Reds in order in the eighth.
For the third time in his last four appearances against the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman retired the Cubs in order to end the game.
The Cubs and Reds will make Ernie Banks happy and play two on Saturday … a day-night doubleheader beginning at 12:05pm CDT with game two getting underway at 6:05pm CDT. Jeff Samardzija faces Johnny Cueto in game one with a pair of rookies squaring off in game two, Brooks Raley and Todd Redmond.
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