Reds Unclog the Bases … and Beat the Cubs – Cubs 1, Reds 3

Game One Hundred Forty-Eight – Cubs 1, Reds 3
WP – Homer Bailey (12-9) LP – Justin Germano (2-8) Save – Jonathan Broxton (26)

The Cubs dropped the opener of the three-game series to the Reds on Tuesday night … and lost their 22nd game in a row when they score three runs or less. While the Cubs could not string any hits together against Homer Bailey over the first seven innings, the Reds had runners on base in four of the first five innings against Justin Germano.

The Reds pushed across three runs in the sixth after Justin Germano walked the bases loaded and turned the game over to Manny Corpas. Ryan Hanigan cleared the bases with a one-out double off Corpas and the only hit in the Reds’ three-run sixth inning ended up being the difference in the game.

Justin Germano had another rough outing, struggled with his command and kept Steve Clevenger on his toes but he was able to wiggle his way out of early jams. The Reds were 0-for-6 with RISP and stranded five on base in the first four innings. Germano retired the Reds in order in the fifth then could not find the strike zone in the sixth. Germano walked the bases loaded and the Reds took advantage of the free passes.

Justin Germano’s final line: three runs on three hits with five walks, a HBP, two wild pitches and three strikeouts in five-plus innings (87 pitches, 50 for strikes). Tuesday night was the first time Germano walked five batters in a single outing since May 22, 2004 … his big league debut.

Manny Corpas allowed three inherited runners to score in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh. Alberto Cabrera was sharp in the eighth and Jaye Chapman impressed again with a perfect ninth inning. The Cubs’ pen did their job and kept the Reds off the board but the offense could not do anything for the second game in a row.

Darwin Barney (2-for-3 with a run scored) recorded two of the Cubs’ four hits and scored the only run. Barney extended his hitting streak to 13 games. The Cubs have managed only six hits over the last 18 innings (two games) and Barney has four of the six hits. Bryan LaHair (1-for-1 with a double and a RBI) drove in Barney with a pinch-hit double in the eighth.

Darwin Barney did not commit an error for the 133rd straight game.

The Cubs offense had only four hits, two walks and Dave Sappelt was hit by Sean Marshall in the eighth inning. The Cubs were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, left five on base and struck out six times.

The Reds won for the sixth time in eight games at Wrigley Field this season.

With Tuesday’s loss, the 90th of the season, the Cubs are 58-90 on the year …

Justin Germano hit Brandon Phillips with the first pitch of Tuesday night’s game. Germano was all over the place and if not for Phillips being too aggressive on the bases, the Cubs would have been in an early hole. Phillips advanced to second when a 1-1 pitch to Stubbs got away from Steve Clevenger. Germano caught Drew Stubbs looking at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Joey Votto stepped in and for some reason Phillips took off for third on a 1-1 pitch to Votto. Clevenger threw a strike to Valbuena and nailed Phillips for the second out. Votto drove a 3-2 pitch into the gap in left center and ended up at second with a two-out double. Germano struck out Ryan Ludwick swinging (0-2 pitch) to end the inning. Germano threw 16 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first frame.

Homer Bailey faced the minimum in the first (17 pitches, 10 for strikes). David DeJesus could not check his swing on a 2-2 pitch and struck out to start the inning. Luis Valbuena worked a walk but Anthony Rizzo grounded into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Justin Germano retired Jay Bruce on a grounder to Darwin Barney (2-0 pitch) to start the second inning … but issued a walk to Scott Rolen. A 0-2 pitch to Ryan Hanigan was not catchable (in left-hander’s batter’s box) and Rolen advanced to second on Germano’s second wild pitch in as many innings. Hanigan popped a 1-2 pitch into left that Soriano hauled in for the second out. Wilson Valdez grounded out to third (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Germano threw 35 pitches, 20 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The Cubs did nothing in the second. Bailey needed 33 pitches, 20 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

Justin Germano struck out Homer Bailey swinging to start the third. Brandon Phillips flied out to right but Drew Stubbs lashed Germano’s first pitch into left. With Stubbs at first, Joey Votto flied out to Brett Jackson at the wall in center to end the inning … 47 pitches for Germano after three, 29 for strikes.

After Brett Jackson struck out swinging to start the third, Darwin Barney ripped a 0-1 pitch into left for the Cubs’ first hit. Barney extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Germano bunted Barney to second but DeJesus flied out to deep left (tenth pitch, 3-2 count) to end the inning. Homer Bailey threw 49 pitches, 33 for strikes, over the first three innings.

Ryan Ludwick flied out to left to start the fourth. Jay Bruce pulled a single into right then swiped second on a 0-1 pitch to Scott Rolen. Rolen popped out to Rizzo for the second out. Germano appeared to pitch around Ryan Hanigan and walked him on four pitches. Wilson Valdez grounded Germano’s first pitch to Barney to end the inning … 61 pitches for Germano after four, 37 for strikes. The Reds clogged the bases in the first four innings but did not manage any runs … 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, five left on base.

Other than a one-out walk by Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs did nothing in the fourth. Bailey threw 60 pitches over the first four innings, 39 for strikes.

Justin Germano retired the side in order on five pitches in the fifth. Germano needed 66 pitches, 41 for strikes, to complete five innings on Tuesday night.

Steve Clevenger led off the fifth with a single to right, the Cubs’ second hit of the game. Brett Jackson smoked a 2-1 pitch into center … but right at Drew Stubbs. Darwin Barney drove a 2-1 pitch into right center that Bruce caught for the second out. And Justin Germano flied out to right to end the inning … 71 pitches for Bailey after five, 46 for strikes.

Justin Germano issued back-to-back walks to Joey Votto and Ryan Ludwick to start the sixth then missed on a 3-2 pitch to Jay Bruce. With the bases loaded and no outs, Dale Sveum went to his pen for Manny Corpas.

Scott Rolen popped a 0-2 pitch into shallow right center. Brett Jackson made a nice running catch and strong throw to the plate. Votto held at third and the bases were loaded with one out for Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan drove Corpas’ first pitch to deep right center. The ball one-hopped the vines and Hanigan cleared the bases with his 14th double of the season. Wilson Valdez grounded out to Castro, Hanigan advanced to third but was stranded when Bailey popped out to Darwin Barney.

The Cubs did nothing in the sixth … 84 pitches for Bailey, 53 for strikes.

After six complete, the Cubs trailed 3-0.

Manny Corpas retired the side in order in the seventh.

The Cubs did nothing in the seventh. Homer Bailey threw 95 pitches, 60 for strikes, over seven shutout innings.

Alberto Cabrera set down the side in order in the eighth on 12 pitches, seven for strikes.

Brett Jackson grounded a 3-1 pitch from Homer Bailey to Brandon Phillips for the first out in the eighth. Darwin Barney pulled a 2-1 pitch into left for his second hit of the night … at the time, Barney had four of the Cubs previous five hits. Dale Sveum sent Bryan LaHair up to hit for Alberto Cabrera.

Bryan LaHair smoked a 0-1 pitch into the right field corner. Barney scored all the way from first on LaHair’s pinch-hit double and Dusty Baker went to his pen for Sean Marshall. Dave Sappelt hit for DeJesus and Marshall plunked him on the foot with a 1-2 pitch. Sveum sent Vitters up to hit for Luis Valbuena with runners on first and second with one down. Marshall carved up Josh Vitters and caught him looking at a 1-2 fastball for the second out. Anthony Rizzo grounded a 2-1 pitch to Phillips to end the inning.

After eight complete, the Cubs trailed 3-1.

Jaye Chapman retired the side in order in the ninth … and the Cubs went to the bottom of the ninth down by two.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Jonathan Broxton.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Chris Rusin is scheduled to face Mike Leake on Wednesday night.

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