… And This One Was Given to the Reds – Cubs 5, Reds 6

Game One Hundred Forty-Nine – Cubs 5, Reds 6 – 11 innings
WP – Logan Ondrusek (5-2) LP – Alberto Cabrera (0-1) Save – Jonathan Broxton (27)

The Cubs gave the Reds all they could handle on Wednesday night but came up short in 11 innings. The Cubs lost to the Reds for the seventh time in nine games at Wrigley Field this season.

The Cubs were down 5-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning and they battled back and tied the game. The Cubs scored three runs in the sixth on a two-out, two-run homer off the bat of Alfonso Soriano and a two-out RBI double from Luis Valbuena. The Cubs then showed a lot of patience in the eighth against J.J. Hoover. Welington Castillo walked with the bases loaded, the Cubs’ third free pass of the inning, and tied the game at five.

The Cubs wasted a chance to win the game in the tenth. The Cubs had runners on second and third with one out but came away empty. And the game went to the eleventh tied at five.

Alberto Cabrera appeared to retire the side in order in the eleventh but David DeJesus misplayed a pop fly off the bat of Brandon Phillips into a two-base error … DeJesus’ second error of the season. Drew Stubbs singled in Phillips and Jonathan Broxton took care of the top of the Cubs order in the home half of the eleventh to end the game.

After not managing a hit for the first 3 2/3 innings of Wednesday’s game, the Cubs had plenty of opportunities to win the game. The Cubs left the bases loaded in the eighth and tenth innings … and finished the night 1-for-5 with RISP and stranded 10 runners on base.

On a night with the wind blowing straight out, the Cubs hit the only home run … and it was a tape measure shot off the bat of Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a walk). Soriano hit a two-run blast onto Waveland in the sixth that got the Cubs back into the game. Alfonso Soriano has 30 home runs and 103 RBI on the season … just one RBI short of his career mark (104) set in 2005 with the Rangers.

Starlin Castro (4-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored) recorded a four hit night and reached base in each of his last four at bats. Luis Valbuena (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a walk) had a good night at the plate, but not on the bases. Valbuena was picked off second base to end the sixth inning after his double reduced the Reds lead to 5-4.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-6 with two runs scored) reached on two, two-out singles that led to runs both times. Rizzo recorded the Cubs first hit in the fourth and scored on a two-out single off the bat of Starlin Castro. Rizzo singled to left with two down in the sixth and scored on Soriano’s dinger.

Darwin Barney (0-for-5 with a walk and a run scored) did not commit an error for the 134th straight game … but his 13th game hitting streak came to an end on Wednesday night.

Chris Rusin had a rough night, but at least he kept the ball in the park. Rusin struggled with the very good Reds lineup and did not pitch a clean inning. The Cubs’ defense turned a double play in each of the first two innings or Rusin’s line might have been worse. Rusin gave up three of his five runs in a laborious 34-pitch third inning. Rusin allowed five runs on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Rusin threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.

The Cubs’ pen did another good job and allowed only three hits, two HBP and three walks over the last six innings of the game. Michael Bowden pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. James Russell recorded the final out in the seventh. Shawn Camp retired three of the four batters he faced in the eighth and Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. Jaye Chapman faced the minimum in the tenth.

In the end, it was a mistake that ended up being the difference in another long night for the Chicago Cubs … Wednesday’s 11-game took four hours and eight minutes to complete.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 58-91 on the season …

The Reds took advantage of another free pass and jumped out to an early lead on Wednesday night. Brandon Phillips hit the first pitch of the game to Luis Valbuena. Valbuena fielded the ball and threw across the diamond for the first out. Chris Rusin then walked the free swinging Drew Stubbs. Joey Votto drove Rusin’s first pitch out to left. The wind seemed to play havoc with the ball and knocked it down. Alfonso Soriano misplayed the ball as he tried to run in and make a basket catch. The ball hit off his body and rolled toward the line. Stubbs scored easily on Votto’s 40th double of the year. Ryan Ludwick lined a 1-1 pitch to left. Soriano caught the sinking liner and threw to Barney covering second. Votto was near third when Soriano made the catch but Soriano’s throw short-hopped Barney. Darwin Barney gathered the ball and tagged Votto has he tried to slide back into the bag. Chris Rusin was able to avoid a big first inning and threw 10 pitches in the opening frame, five for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the first inning. Mike Leake recorded three quick outs on eight pitches, five for strikes.

Chris Rusin faced the minimum in the second. Jay Bruce grounded out to Castro in the shift to start the inning. Scott Rolen reached on an infield single. Darwin Barney made a diving stop but the ball squirted out of his glove and he had no play. Dioner Navarro grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning … 21 pitches for Rusin after two innings, 13 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the second inning. Mike Leake retired the first six batters he faced on 18 pitches, 11 for strikes. All six outs were groundball outs.

The Reds jumped out to a big lead the second time through the lineup. Rusin labored through a long, 34-pitch third inning. Rusin struck out Wilson Valdez swinging (1-2 pitch) to start the inning. Mike Leake followed with a single to left (0-1 pitch) and the inning got away from Rusin soon after giving up a hit to the pitcher. Brandon Phillips singled to right. Rusin could not put away Drew Stubbs. Stubbs fouled off three, 3-2 offerings before tapping the ninth pitch of the at bat past the mound. Castro tried to make a barehanded pick but Stubbs reached and loaded the bases with one down for Joey Votto.

Joey Votto beat the shift and singled to left (1-2 pitch). Leake and Phillips scored easily and Stubbs advanced to third … on a single to left. Stubbs took advantage of Soriano, again. Ryan Ludwick pulled a 1-1 pitch into left. Stubbs scored and the Reds took a 4-0 lead. Jay Bruce drove a 3-2 pitch to deep center. Brett Jackson hauled it in for the second out. Votto tagged and advanced to third. With runners on first and third with two down, Scott Rolen grounded a 3-0 pitch to Castro for the third out. Rusin needed 55 pitches to complete three innings, 34 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the third. Mike Leake was perfect after three and needed only 31 pitches, 20 for strikes, to record nine outs.

After three, the Cubs trailed 4-0 and were being outhit 7-0.

Chris Rusin retired Navarro on a grounder to short for the first out in the fourth inning. Wilson Valdez reached on a double to right but was stranded when Rusin struck out Mike Leake (1-2 pitch) looking and Phillips grounded out to short. Rusin needed 68 pitches, 44 for strikes, to complete four innings of work.

David DeJesus grounded out to Phillips to begin the fourth … of the first 10 outs Leake recorded on Wednesday night, eight were groundball outs. Darwin Barney popped a 3-2 pitch to a sliding Ryan Ludwick in left for the second out.

Anthony Rizzo broke up Leake’s no-hit bid with a single to center (0-1 pitch). Alfonso Soriano followed and walked on four pitches.

Starlin Castro drove a 1-2 pitch to the right side of the infield. Votto tried to backhand the ball, it went off his glove and Rizzo scored on what was ruled a single. With runners on first and second with two down, Luis Valbuena flied out to right (first pitch) to end the inning. Leake threw 51 pitches over the first four innings, 31 for strikes.

After four complete, the Cubs trailed 4-1.

Drew Stubbs led off the fifth with a single to center (2-2 pitch). Joey Votto flied out to DeJesus in deep right field. Stubbs took off on a 2-1 pitch to Ludwick and swiped second. Darwin Barney did a good job of getting his glove on Castillo’s low throw. Castro was backing up the play and kept Stubbs from advancing to third. Rusin walked Ludwick and put runners on first and second with one down for Jay Bruce.

Bruce popped a 2-2 pitch up to Castro in short left for the second out. Scott Rolen drove Rusin’s first pitch into right. Stubbs scored, 5-1 Reds. Dioner Navarro popped Rusin’s first offering to Barney to end the inning … 87 pitches for Rusin after five innings, 54 for strikes.

Chris Heisey took over in left for the Reds in the fifth. Welington Castillo tapped Leake’s first pitch back to the mound for out number one. Brett Jackson worked a walk. Bryan LaHair hit for Chris Rusin and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Leake threw 66 pitches, 40 for strikes.

After five, the Cubs trailed 5-1 and were being outhit 10-2.

Michael Bowden took over in the sixth and retired Valdez (groundout to first) and Leake (flyout to right) to start his night. Bowden then plunked Phillips on a 1-0 pitch. Drew Stubbs looked at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

David DeJesus tried to bunt his way on to start the sixth but Leake fielded the ball with his glove then shoveled to Votto, who caught it with his barehand for the first out. Barney grounded out to Phillips for the second out.

Anthony Rizzo drove a 3-2 pitch into left and reached with a two-out single. Alfonso Soriano stepped in and crushed a 2-0 pitch. Soriano hit a tape-measure blast out of Wrigley and onto Waveland Avenue … and his 30th longball of the season cut the Reds lead to 5-3.

Starlin Castro followed Soriano’s blast with a single to center (0-1 pitch). Luis Valbuena drove a 0-1 pitch down the left field line. The ball hit off the side wall and rolled away from Chris Heisey. Castro scored all the way from first and cut the Reds lead down to 5-4. After the first pitch to Welington Castillo, Mike Leake threw to Phillips covering second and picked off Valbuena, who appeared to be focused on his batting gloves, to end the inning. Valbuena was not paying attention and did not even react until it was too late … 86 pitches for Leake after six, 52 for strikes.

After six complete, the Cubs trailed 5-4.

Michael Bowden started the seventh and issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto. Chris Heisey bounced into a 6-4-3 double play and Dale Sveum went to his pen for James Russell. Jay Bruce blooped a single into left center off Valbuena’s glove but Rolen grounded out to short to end the inning.

Jose Arredondo walked Welington Castillo to start the seventh inning. Brett Jackson struck out swinging on three pitches. Dave Sappelt hit for Russell and popped a 2-1 pitch into right that appeared to be a foul ball when it left his bat. The wind blew the ball back into play and Bruce caught it for the second out. David DeJesus lined out to Stubbs to end the inning.

Shawn Camp retired Dioner Navarro (flyout to deep left) and Wilson Valdez (groundout to short) to start the eighth. Henry Rodriguez pinch-hit for Arredondo and singled to left center. Brandon Phillips fell behind 0-2 then drove a 2-2 pitch to deep center that Jackson hauled in for the third out.

The Cubs got their first look at J.J. Hoover in the eighth and he issued a leadoff walk to Darwin Barney. Hoover was ahead 0-2 and lost him. Anthony Rizzo lined a 0-2 pitch into left center that Stubbs ran into the gap and caught for the first out. Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging (1-2 pitch). Starlin Castro blooped a 0-2 pitch into right out of the reach of Brandon Phillips (one would like to think Barney would have caught the ball). Barney raced around second and ended up at third with two down. Luis Valbuena worked a two-out walk to load the bases for Welington Castillo.

Welington Castillo looked at four straight out of the zone … and Barney trotted in with the tying run on the Cubs’ third walk of the inning.

Chris Speier, subbing for Dusty Baker, made his way to the mound and brought in Sam LeCure to face Brett Jackson with the bases loaded and two down … Jackson was caught looking at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

The game went to the ninth tied at five.

Carlos Marmol struck out Drew Stubbs (looking) and Joey Votto (swinging) on 3-2 pitch then retired Chris Heisey on a pop out to Castro in shallow center to end the inning.

Sam LeCure stayed in for the ninth. Joe Mather hit for Marmol and popped out to Phillips for the first out. David DeJesus swung and missed a 0-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball got away from Navarro and DeJesus reached first. Barney struck out swinging (0-2 pitch) for the second out. Anthony Rizzo fouled out to Navarro to end the inning.

The game went to the tenth tied at five.

Jaye Chapman retired Jay Bruce on a fly out to center for the first out. Scott Rolen worked a walk but was doubled off first when Dioner Navarro lined a 2-0 pitch to Anthony Rizzo. Chapman faced the minimum on 10 pitches, three for strikes.

Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch from Logan Ondrusek to start the tenth. Starlin Castro reached on a one-out infield single, his fourth hit of the night. Castro bounced a 2-2 pitch up the middle and off the barehand of Ondrusek. Luis Valbuena hit a high pop fly into left center (2-2 pitch). The ball fell in between Heisey and Stubbs. Castro rounded second and headed for third. The ball bounced past Stubbs, Castro slid in safe and Valbuena went to second on the throw. Chris Speier brought his infield in and Ondrusek went after Welington Castillo. Castillo struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) for the second out. Ondrusek pitched around Brett Jackson and walked him on four pitches. Steve Clevenger hit for Jaye Chapman with the bases loaded and two out … and grounded the first pitch he saw to Joey Votto to end the inning.

The game went to the eleventh tied at five.

Alberto Cabrera took over in the eleventh and deflected a bouncer back up the middle off the bat of Wilson Valdez to Darwin Barney near the second base bag. Barney caught the ball and made an off balance throw to first. Valdez was called out, replays showed the Cubs caught a break. Xavier Paul hit for Ondrusek and lined out to Barney for the second out. Cabrera appeared to get out of the inning when Brandon Phillips popped a 2-2 pitch into shallow right … but DeJesus overran the ball, it hit off his glove and Phillips ended up at second on the Cubs’ first error of the game.

Drew Stubbs ripped a 0-1 pitch into left. Soriano charged the ball but could not get it out of his glove right away. Phillips scored and the Reds took the lead. Cabrera intentionally walked Joey Votto then hit Chris Heisey on a 0-2 pitch. With the bases loaded and two down, Jay Bruce flied out to Soriano near the Cubs pen to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the bottom of the eleventh down 6-5.

Jonathan Broxton retired the top of the Cubs lineup in order to end the game.

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Jason Berken is scheduled to face Johnny Cueto in the series and season finale against the Reds on Thursday afternoon.

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