Cubs Blanked at Wrigley Again – Cubs 0, Reds 2

Game One Hundred Eighteen – Cubs 0, Reds 2

WP – Mat Latos (12-3) LP – Travis Wood (7-9) Save – Aroldis Chapman (28)

The Cubs were shut out for the third straight game at Wrigley Field as the Reds dominance over the Cubs continued. Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman combined on a six-hit shutout and the Reds beat the Cubs for the 13th time in the last 14 games at Wrigley.

Travis Wood did all he could on Monday night and pitched a very good game. Wood nearly matched Mat Latos pitch for pitch until the seventh inning. Wood issued a leadoff walk to Todd Frazier to start the seventh. After Joey Votto flied out to deep left, Brandon Phillips deposited a 0-2 slider into the left field bleachers and his two-run homer was the difference in the game.

The Cubs defense stepped up behind Travis Wood early in the game. The Cubs turned two double plays and David DeJesus threw out Devin Mesoraco trying to stretch a single into a double to start the third inning. Wood gave up two runs on four hits with a walk, a hit batsman and five strikeouts. Wood threw 97 pitches, 61 for strikes, in eight innings of work.

James Russell retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.

The Cubs did not manage a hit until two outs in the fifth inning. The Cubs outhit the Reds 6-4 but the offense could not string together any hits once again. The Cubs put runners on base in each inning from the fifth through the eighth inning. But went 0-for-2 with RISP and left six men on base.

Donnie Murphy (2-for-3 with a double), Junior Lake (1-for-4), David DeJesus (1-for-4) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) collected hits and Welington Castillo (0-for-3 with a HBP) was hit by a pitch, but the Cubs worked only one three-ball count on the night and not one walk. The Cubs struck out 12 times and made it very easy on Mat Latos (94 pitches, 68 strikes).

The Cubs have not been shut out at Wrigley Field in three games in a row since 1924.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 52-66 on the season.

Travis Wood and Mat Latos locked in a pitcher’s duel on Monday night. Wood allowed only three hits over the first five innings and hit a batter. The Cubs turned two double plays behind Wood, one in the second and one in the fourth. And David DeJesus threw out Devin Mesoraco at second base trying to stretch a single into a double leading off the third inning. Travis Wood threw only 56 pitches over the first five innings, 36 for strikes.

Mat Latos blew through the Cubs in the first four innings. Latos retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced and needed just 35 pitches, 28 for strikes, to complete four innings on Monday night. Donnie Murphy broke up Latos’ no-hit bid with two down in the fifth and advanced to third on a single to right center by Darwin Barney … but Travis Wood popped out to Ludwick in left to end the inning. Latos threw 53 pitches, 40 for strikes, in five innings.

The game was scoreless after five innings.

Travis Wood retired the side in order in the sixth … 67 pitches for Wood after six innings, 43 for strikes.

Junior Lake reached on a one-out single to center in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to center. Lake rounded second and tried to advance to third. Choo made a perfect throw and nailed Lake at third for the second out. Castillo struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Latos threw 66 pitches over the first six innings, 51 for strikes.

The game went to the seventh still scoreless.

Travis Wood issued a leadoff walk to Todd Frazier in the seventh. Joey Votto flied out to left on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Wood then left a 0-2 slider over the plate and Brandon Phillips deposited the ball in the bleachers in left field. And just like that, the Reds took a 2-0 lead. Wood retired Bruce and Ludwick to end the inning. Wood needed 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, to complete seven innings.

Donnie Murphy doubled to left center with two down in the seventh, but Darwin Barney grounded out to short (2-2 pitch) to end the inning. The Cubs allowed Latos to throw only 76 pitches, 57 for strikes, in seven innings.

Travis Wood ended his night by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth … and the game went to the home half of the eighth with the Cubs down 2-0.

David DeJesus reached on a one out single to left center in the eighth. Latos stuck out Lake (swinging) and retired Rizzo on a grounder to first (3-2 pitch) … the first three-ball count of the night for the Cubs.

James Russell retired the Reds in order in the ninth … and Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in order in the ninth (Castillo, Navarro and Castro) to close it out for Mat Latos.

Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Homer Bailey on Tuesday night.

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