Cubs Pen Gave the Nightcap to the Reds – Reds 6, Cubs 5

Game Eighty-Nine: Cubs 5, Reds 6

WP – Logan Ondrusek (3-2) LP – Hector Rondon (1-3) Save – None

The Cubs played their third doubleheader of the season Tuesday in Cincinnati and for the third time the Cubs lost both games of a twin bill. The Cubs led 5-0 in the fifth inning but the bullpen could not throw strikes and the offense’s issues continued with runners on base as the Cubs lost to the Reds again Tuesday night.

The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the third inning on home runs by Chris Coghlan, Anthony Rizzo and Mike Olt and knocked David Holmberg out of the game. While the Cubs kept getting their hits, the offense could not add to the lead while the usually reliable relief corps could not throw strikes.

The Reds scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and made it a one-run game with two runs in the seventh. Jay Bruce doubled in Brandon Phillips with the tying run in the eighth and Billy Hamilton delivered the walk-off with a broken bat single in the ninth.

PrintTsuyoshi Wada was solid in his big league debut. Wada became too predictable and the Reds figured out his pattern in the fifth inning. Wada threw his changeup too often and had issues with putting batters away. Wada was charged with one unearned run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Wada threw 87 pitches, 58 for strikes, in five innings.

The Cubs bullpen had a bad night. After Brian Schlitter gave up a run in the sixth that cut the lead to three runs, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva could not throw strikes in the seventh. Wright and Villanueva walked the bases loaded with no outs. Starlin Castro made a nice pick on a ball that Devin Mesoraco smoked toward the shortstop and started a 6-4-3 double play. Before Villanueva could record three outs, the Reds scored two more runs and cut the Cubs lead to 5-4. Pedro Strop gave up a single to Brandon Phillips and double to Jay Bruce in the eighth that tied the game. And Billy Hamilton drove in the winning run with a broken bat bloop single in the ninth.

The Cubs offense took advantage of David Holmberg in the first three innings and smacked three home runs. Chris Coghlan (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI) put the Cubs on the board with his second home run of the day in the second inning. Coghlan became the first Cubs player to hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader since Alfonso Soriano on Sept. 15, 2007 in St. Louis. The last Cubs player to hit homers in both games of a doubleheader in Cincinnati was Ron Santo on June 20, 1965.

Anthony Rizzo (3-for-5 with a double and a home run) smacked his second longball in as many games leading off the third inning and Mike Olt (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI) launched his 12th homer of the season in the third. But that was it for the scoring.

The Cubs were 0-for-10 with RISP and left 12 men on base. And at The Great American Ball Park on a warm summer night, five runs are not enough.

Darwin Barney (3-for-5 with a double) collected three more hits and both Justin Ruggiano (1-for-4 with a walk) and Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a run scored) singled.

With Tuesday’s loss in game two, the Cubs dropped to 38-51 on the season and are 12-34 against the Reds in the last two-plus seasons.

Neither team put any runs on the board in the first inning against the rookie southpaws. Welington Castillo led off the second and struck out looking for the first out. Mike Olt worked a walk. Chris Coghlan stepped in and drove a 2-0 pitch into the stands in right field. The Cubs took a lead for the first time in the series on Coghlan’s two-run shot. Darwin Barney followed with a double to left center. David Holmberg lost his command as he paid too much attention to Barney at second and issued a four-pitch walk to Tsuyoshi Wada in his first big league at bat. Junior Lake flied out to right center, Barney tagged and went to third. But Ruggiano tapped back to Holmberg for the third out. The Cubs made Holmberg work and it took the lefty 38 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two innings.

Tsuyoshi Wada worked out of a first and third two-out jam in the second inning. Wada kept the Reds off the board and it took him 31 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two frames.

After two innings, the Cubs led 2-0.

Anthony Rizzo led off the third with a towering home run to right. Rizzo’s second homer in as many days and 19th longball of the season put the Cubs up 3-0. Starlin Castro followed with a single to right center. Castillo broke his bat and flied out to left. Mike Olt launched Holmberg’s first pitch deep into the stands in left field. Olt’s two-run shot and 12th homer of the season put the Cubs up 5-0. Chris Coghlan walked and Darwin Barney reached on an infield single when Holmberg was late covering the bag. Wada bunted both runners up ninety feet and Bryan Price went to his bullpen. Carlos Contreras replaced Holmberg and Junior Lake popped out to short for the third out.

Tsuyoshi Wada faced the minimum in the third inning thanks to a terrific diving catch by Darwin Barney that took a hit away from Todd Frazier to end the inning. Wada needed 44 pitches, 28 for strikes, to complete three innings.

The Cubs led 5-0 after three innings.

The Cubs could not add on in the fourth or fifth innings. Tsuyoshi Wada took the hill in the fifth with a 5-0 lead.

Skip Schumaker led off the fifth with a single to center (0-2 pitch). Wada could not put Cozart away and he singled to left on a 3-2 pitch. As Wada became more and more predictable, Tucker Barnhart singled to center and loaded the bases with no outs. Chris Heisey hit for Carlos Contreras and Wada responded to a visit from Chris Bosio by striking out Heisey. Billy Hamilton lifted a 2-2 pitch into medium-depth center. Junior Lake caught the ball and made a strong throw toward the infield. Schumaker stopped halfway down the line. But Anthony Rizzo did not catch the ball, it hit him on the foot and Schumaker scored, 5-1 Cubs. With Todd Frazier at the plate, Barnhart wandered off first base too far and Welington Castillo picked him off first to end the inning.

The Cubs led 5-1 after five innings.

The Cubs could not cash in a one-out double by Anthony Rizzo and a two-out walk by Welington Castillo in the sixth. Mike Olt struck out swinging to end the inning.

Brian Schlitter took over for Wada in the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Todd Frazier. Phillips grounded out to Barney, Frazier went to third and scored when Jay Bruce grounded out to Barney, 5-2 Cubs. Ludwick grounded out to Castro for the third out. And the game went to the seventh with the Cubs in front by a score of 5-2.

The Cubs could not string together any hits in the seventh and Wesley Wright replaced Schlitter in the bottom of the inning. Wright issued a leadoff walk to Skip Schumaker. Renteria went back to his pen and brought in Carlos Villanueva.

Carlos Villanueva could not throw a strike. Villanueva walked Cozart and Barnhart to load the bases with no out. Devin Mesoraco hit for J.J. Hoover and rapped into a 6-4-3 double play thanks to an excellent pick by Starlin Castro. Schumaker scored on the play and cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-3. Billy Hamilton tripled to right center on a 3-1 pitch. Cozart scored and the Cubs lead was down to one-run at 5-4. Frazier grounded out to short to end the inning.

At the end of seven, the Cubs had a 5-4 lead.

The Cubs managed an Anthony Rizzo single in the eighth, but that was all and Pedro Strop took the hill for the eighth inning.

Brandon Phillips led off the eighth with a single to center. Jay Bruce drove a 2-2 pitch down the left field line. Coghlan took a bad angle on the ball, it skipped past him and Phillips scored, game tied at five. Strop struck out Ludwick swinging and Schumaker looking. Cozart flied out to right center to end the inning.

The game was tied at five going into the ninth.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Logan Ondrusek. Brayan Pena hit for Ondrusek and led off the ninth with a bloop single to left. The ball fell in between Valbuena and Castro. Mike Leake ran for Pena at first and he motored to third on a single by Mesoraco. The newest Cubs Killer, Billy Hamilton broke his bat and blooped a single into left … Leake scored, game over.

Dallas Beeler faces Alfredo Simon in the fourth game of the series Wednesday night (6:10pm CDT).

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