Game Forty-Seven – Cubs 4, Reds 7
WP – Bronson Arroyo (5-4) LP – Scott Feldman (4-4) Save – Aroldis Chapman (11)
Scott Feldman’s string of very good outings came to a screeching halt in the fourth inning of Friday night’s game. The Cubs took a 3-0 lead into the fourth that quickly evaporated. The Reds hit a pair of long home runs off Scott Feldman that accounted for four of the five runs off Feldman in the fourth inning.
Scott Feldman cruised through the first three innings but the Reds caught up with him the second time through the lineup and put the game away with a five-run fourth inning. Joey Votto led off the fourth with a monster shot to left center. After a single by Brandon Phillips, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a walk, Xavier Paul singled in the Reds second run. Ryan Hanigan then turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 Reds lead with one swing of the bat. Hanigan pulled a 3-2 pitch down the line in left and into the stands for a three-run home run.
The five runs scored off Feldman in the fourth equaled the amount of run he had allowed in his five previous outings. Feldman was lifted with one out in the sixth after giving up five runs on seven hits with a walk, a wild pitch and five strikeouts on 104 pitches, 63 for strikes. Scott Feldman lost a game for the first time since April 21.
The Reds tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth on a two-run shot by Brandon Phillips off of Hector Rondon. Six of the Reds’ seven runs on Friday night scored on three long home runs.
Scott Feldman helped his own cause in the second inning. Feldman launched the first home run of his career, a two-run shot off Bronson Arroyo. Cubs’ pitchers have driven in 15 runs this season, the most in baseball, and the 15 RBI this month are the most by a Cubs’ pitching staff in a single month since August of 1937
Scott Feldman supplied a majority of the Cubs’ offense on Friday night. Darwin Barney (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI) drove in the first run of the game with a sac fly in the second inning. The Cubs scored three of their four runs in the second inning and were able to get within one run in the eighth after Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) led off with a double and scored on a single by Luis Valbuena (2-for-3 with a double, a RBI, a run scored and a walk).
Dioner Navarro (1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk) scored one of the Cubs’ four runs and worked one of the Cubs’ three walks. The Cubs notched as many hits as the Reds (10) but only three went for extra bases while the Reds three extra basehits left the park, two of them with runners on base. The Cubs were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-5 and remains hitless on the road trip.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs have dropped a season-high five games in a row and dropped to a season-worst 11 games under .500 with an 18-29 record. The Cubs have now lost 15 of the last 17 games against the Reds.
Both teams managed a single in the first inning. Scott Feldman retired three of the four hitters he faced on 17 pitches, 11 for strikes. The Cubs managed only a Starlin Castro infield single in the first. Arroyo threw 19 pitches, 13 for strikes.
Luis Valbuena doubled to left center with one out in the second inning. Dioner Navarro followed with a single to center (2-1 pitch). Valbuena had to wait to make sure Choo did not catch the sinking liner and had to stop at third. Darwin Barney pulled a 0-1 pitch into left center. Valbuena tagged and scored, 1-0 Cubs.
Scott Feldman stepped in and worked a full count … then launched Arroyo’s next offering into the stands in right center. Feldman’s first career homer put the Cubs up 3-0. DeJesus grounded out second to end the inning. Arroyo needed 45 pitches, 29 for strikes, to get through two innings.
Scott Feldman retired the six batters he faced in the second and third inning. Feldman threw only 34 pitches, 20 for strikes, over the first three innings.
After the Cubs could not take advantage of an Arroyo balk that put Valbuena in scoring position in the fourth inning, Feldman caught Cozart looking to start the fourth.
Joey Votto drove Feldman’s first pitch deep to left center. Votto’s eighth of the season was a bomb and cut the Cubs lead to 3-1. Brandon Phillips ripped a 2-2 pitch into left for single. A 2-2 pitch in the dirt to Bruce got away from Navarro, but not far enough. Navarro made a bad decision and tried to throw out Phillips at second. The off-balance, rushed throw was short and skipped past Castro, who did not come off the bag and try to keep the ball from going in the outfield. Phillips ended up at third with one out with what was ruled a wild pitch and a throwing error by Navarro. Feldman struck out Bruce swinging for the second out and appeared to catch Todd Frazier looking at a 2-2 pitch. Feldman missed on his 3-2 pitch to Frazier and walked him.
Xavier Paul cut the Cubs’ lead to 3-2 with a single to center after Feldman did not get the call on a 1-2 pitch. Phillips trotted in as Frazier advanced to third with two down. Feldman then floated a breaking ball to Ryan Hanigan on a 3-2 pitch. Hanigan pulled the hanger down the left field and into the stands. Hanigan’s three-run shot put the Reds up 5-3. Arroyo popped out to right to end the inning.
Scott Feldman allowed five runs in the fourth on 40 pitches … Feldman’s pitch count escalated to 74 after four complete, 45 for strikes.
The game went to the eighth with the Reds holding onto the 5-3 lead.
Jonathan Broxton took over for Logan Ondrusek to start the eighth. Ryan Sweeney pulled a 0-1 pitch down the right field line and ended up at second with a double. Nate Schierholtz grounded out to short. Sweeney got away with a bad decision to run to third when Cozart threw out Schierholtz at first. Luis Valbuena followed and drove a 1-0 pitch back up the middle and into center. Sweeney scored, 5-4 Reds. Broxton struck out Navarro swinging and Barney lined out to Votto to end the inning.
Hector Rondon stayed in for the eighth. Rondon set down the side in order in the seventh but was not as fortunate in his second inning of work. Votto singled to center on a 1-0 pitch. Brandon Phillips stepped in and put together a long at bat then ended with a long home run. Phillips launched a 3-2 pitch, the ninth offering of the at bat, over the wall in left center … 7-4 Reds. Rondon retired three of the next four batters to end the inning, but the damage was done and the Cubs were down by three going into the ninth.
Scott Hairston led off the ninth hitting for Rondon. Hairston singled to left and took second with DeJesus at the plate. Aroldis Chapman struck out DeJesus swinging then walked Starlin Castro. Rizzo looked at a 0-2 pitch for the second out. With two on and two down, Alfonso Soriano hit for Sweeney … and struck out swinging to end the game.
Travis Wood takes on Homer Bailey on Saturday afternoon.