Wrigley Remains Friendly to the Reds – Cubs 2, Reds 6

Game Sixty-One – Cubs 2, Reds 6

WP – Homer Bailey (4-4) LP – Scott Feldman (5-5) Save – None

On an extremely foggy night at the old ballyard that nearly halted play, the Cubs lost their tenth straight game to the Reds in their home park. The Cubs offense continued to struggle while Brandon Phillips drove in all six of the Reds runs with a single, a grand slam and a fielder’s choice. The Reds have now won 17 of the last 20 games against the Cubs.

Brandon Phillips was involved in a majority of the scoring on Monday night. Phillips not only drove in all six of the Reds’ runs, but his fourth error of the season allowed Luis Valbuena to score the Cubs’ first run in the sixth inning.  Phillips tied a career-high with six RBI. Monday was the fourth time Phillips has accomplished the feat, the first time since 2009.

While Phillips supplied the Reds’ offense, the Cubs offense picked up where they left off against the Pirates. Scott Feldman recorded the Cubs’ first hit in the third inning and the offense managed only four hits and two walks prior to the ninth inning. Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) collected the Cubs’ lone RBI of the night with a double in the ninth inning.

Luis Valbuena (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) scored the Cubs’ first run in the sixth inning. Nate Schierholtz (2-for-4 with a double) had two of the Cubs six hits while Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a run scored) scored on Castro’s double in the ninth. The Cubs were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Scott Feldman had another rough outing against the Reds and one bad pitch cost him the game. Feldman settled down after Phillips’ slam and did not allow the Reds to cross the plate for the rest of his outing. Feldman retired the last eight batters he faced before turning the game over to the bullpen. Feldman gave up five runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Feldman threw 96 pitches, 61 for strikes.

Zach Putnam retired all three batters he faced in the seventh. Blake Parker surrendered the Reds’ sixth run in the eighth. Parker fell behind in the count in his first inning of work and the Reds made him pay. Parker gave up a run on two hits with a walk on 34 pitches, 19 for strikes.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 11 games under .500 with a 25-36 record on the season.

The Reds put a run on the board against on Scott Feldman in the first inning. Feldman hit Shin-Soo Choo on a 1-2 pitch to start the game. It was the 18th time this season that Choo has been hit by a pitch. Cozart then hit an infield pop-up near the mound. Luis Valbuena called for it but the ball hit off the heel of his glove. Valbuena picked up the ball and threw out Choo at second base. With Cozart at first, Joey Votto worked a full count before grounding out to Barney. Cozart was running on the pitch and advanced to second with two down. Brandon Phillips blooped a 1-1 pitch into right. Cozart scored and the Reds took a 1-0 lead. Feldman retired Bruce on a flyout to left that Soriano found in the fog and hauled it in to end the inning.

Scott Feldman faced the minimum in the second after Xavier Paul reached on a single to center but was thrown out trying to steal second on a 2-2 pitch to Ryan Hanigan. Navarro threw a strike to second to complete the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play. Feldman needed 35 pitches, 20 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

After the Cubs went down in order in the second, Homer Bailey led off the third with an infield single. Bailey grounded a 1-2 pitch back up the middle that Castro made a diving stop on but had no play at first base. Choo popped out to left for the first out. Zack Cozart singled to left (2-1 pitch) to put runners on first and second for Joey Votto. Feldman gave up a single to Votto (3-1 pitch) that loaded the bases with one out.

Brandon Phillips stepped in and launched a 1-1 pitch into the bleachers in left. The fifth grand slam of Phillips’ career put the game out of reach in the third inning. Feldman retired Bruce and Paul to end the inning. Feldman threw 57 pitches, 33 for strikes, over the first three innings.

Scott Feldman notched the Cubs’ first hit with a single to center with one out in the third that Choo lost in the fog. DeJesus followed and struck out. Luis Valbuena walked and put runners on first and second with down. Anthony Rizzo grounded out to second to end the inning.

At the end of three, the Cubs trailed 5-0.

Scott Feldman settled down after the third. Feldman did not allow the Reds to add on for the remainder of his outing. Feldman retired eight in a row before leaving the game after six innings of work.

The Cubs broke up the shutout with help from Phillips in the sixth inning. Luis Valbuena doubled to right to start the inning. Rizzo lined out to right and Soriano struck out for the third time in as many at bats. Nate Schierholtz then dribbled a 0-1 pitch past the mound. Phillips tried to pick and throw the slow roller, threw wide of Votto and Valbuena scored, 5-1 Reds. Bailey caught Navarro looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Zach Putnam kept the Reds off the board in the seventh but Blake Parker allowed the Reds to add to their lead in the eighth.

Zack Cozart reached on a one out single to left. Parker walked Votto. A pitch in the dirt on a 2-2 pitch to Phillips got away from Navarro. Cozart advanced to third then scored when Phillips grounded out to Barney with the infield in, 6-1 Reds. Votto ran on the 3-2 pitch and advanced to second on the play. Bruce grounded out to Rizzo to end the inning.

After Parker pitched a scoreless ninth, the Cubs put a run on the board in the home half against Alfredo Simon.

Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single to Brandon Phillips to start the ninth. Soriano took second on the first pitch to Schierholtz. Donald Lutz made an excellent running catch to take a hit away from Schierholtz for the first out. Navarro walked and put runners on first and second with one out.

Starlin Castro pulled a 0-1 pitch to deep left that just missed landing in the basket. Castro settled for a RBI double as Soriano scored on the play. With runners on second and third with one down, Barney hit a grounder to third. Jack Hannahan fielded the ball and threw home to cut down a lumbering Navarro. Castro advanced to third on the play. Ryan Sweeney stepped in for Parker and hit a soft liner to Votto to end the game.

Matt Garza is scheduled to face lefty Tony Cingrani on Tuesday night.

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