Game Eighty-Two – Cubs 3 Reds 14
WP – Mike Leake (6-1) LP – Ted Lilly (3-7) Save – None
The Cincinnati Reds embarrassed the Chicago Cubs once again on Sunday afternoon. The Reds won the four-game series, 3-1, and broke the game open again in the seventh inning. The Reds took a 5-3 lead into the seventh then scored eight runs after two outs and nobody on. Brandon Phillips, Jonny Gomes, Corky Miller and Drew Stubbs all went deep before the Cubs could record the third out in the inning.
Dusty Baker’s team hit seven home runs without Joey Votto and Scott Rolen in the lineup. Votto was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning and his replacement, Paul Janish, had a career day. Janish hit his second homer of the year, just the fourth of his career, and finished the afternoon a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and three RBI.
Drew Stubbs hit three longballs Sunday afternoon off three different pitchers. Stubbs took Ted Lilly deep in the third, hit a three-run shot off Jeff Stevens in the seventh and a solo homer off Andrew Cashner in the ninth. Stubbs finished his career afternoon 3-for-5 with three homers, five RBI and three runs scored.
Ted Lilly simply did not have it Sunday afternoon in what could have been his last start at Wrigley as a Cub. Lilly was torched for nine runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Reds hit four of their six longballs off Lilly and he struck out only three batters.
Jeff Stevens replaced Lilly with two outs in the seventh and could not record an out. Stevens gave up four runs on three hits and three walks. Corky Miller and Drew Stubbs hit the Reds other two dingers off Stevens.
Once again Tyler Colvin supplied all of the Cubs offense. Colvin gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with his 11th longball of the year in the second then cut the Reds lead to 5-3 with a solo shot in the sixth, his 12th of the season. Colvin notched his first career multi-homer game and trails only Alfonso Soriano (13) for the team lead in home runs. On a day with the wind blowing out, the rest of the Cubs offense displayed warning track power while the Reds found the bleachers … and/or Waveland Avenue.
The Cubs were playing a good game until the third inning … and the game changed on one bad decision by Ryan Theriot. With his team up 2-1, Theriot reached on a hustle double to start the third, just his eighth extra base hit of the season. Theriot then took off for third on a groundout to short and was thrown out. The Cubs appeared indifferent from that point on.
Lou’s lollygaggers completed the seven-game homestand with a 2-5 record and were outscored 35-12 by the Pirates and Reds.
Episodes of the old Home Run Derby T.V. show were once shot at Wrigley Field West in Los Angeles, the Reds launched balls out of the old ballpark at Clark and Addison like players such as Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle did decades ago.
The Cubs began the second half of the season in the same embarrassing fashion as they played the first 81 games. The Cubs slipped back to 12 games under .500 with a 35-47 record … Ted Lilly began the game in dominating fashion. He was very sharp and sat down the first seven batters he faced. Lilly even pitched inside to Joey Votto before striking him out looking to end the first. Votto did not like the call, argued, tossed his helmet and was thrown out of the game. With Votto and Scott Rolen out of the lineup, the thought was the Cubs could win a game … especially after Tyler Colvin gave them a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Colvin hit his second two-run homer in as many at bats against Mike Leake in the second inning (Colvin hit a two-run shot off Leake in the seventh in Cincinnati on May 9) and gave the Cubs a 2-0 advantage. Marlon Byrd, the Cubs lone representative in the All-Star Game, had singled and advanced to second on a error by Jay Bruce prior to Colvin’s at bat.
Drew Stubbs recorded the Reds first hit with one out in the third. Stubbs launched the first of seven homers for the Reds and cut the Cubs lead to 2-1.
Ryan Theriot led off the third with a hustle double to right center. Theriot ran the bases well, hustled out of the box and put the Cubs in line to get the run right back. But Theriot broke for third on a groundout to short by Starlin Castro … another bad decision on the bases by Theriot.
Paul Janish then robbed Derrek Lee of a basehit with a diving stop. Janish threw out Castro at second but replays showed Castro beat the throw. Marlon Byrd flied out to the track in center to end the inning.
Orlando Cabrera led off the fourth with a single to left on a 3-2 pitch from Lilly. Paul Janish then dropped a bunt to third. Mike Fontenot, who is not a Major League third baseman, was playing back and could not throw out Janish at first.
Lilly retired Jonny Gomes but Ramon Hernandez tripled to right center and gave the Reds a 3-2 lead. Both Cabrera and Janish scored on Hernandez’s first three-bagger of the season.
The Reds took a 5-2 lead in the sixth. Orlando Cabrera singled to right center and scored on Janish’s second homer of the season. Lilly got out of the sixth and should have never taken the mound in the seventh.
Tyler Colvin ripped a 1-0 offering from Leake into the bleachers in left center. Colvin cut the Reds lead to 5-3 … then it got very ugly once again in the seventh.
After allowing nine runs in the seventh inning in Friday’s debacle, the Cubs allowed eight in the seventh Sunday after Lilly recorded the first two outs of the inning.
Brandon Phillips added to the Reds lead with the first of four homers in the inning. Phillips ripped a 1-0 pitch from Lilly over the wall in left center. Orlando Cabrera then doubled to left and scored on a single to center by Paul Janish.
Following Lilly’s second balk of the year, Jonny Gomes lined a 0-2 offering from Lilly down the left field line. Gomes had been swinging for the fences all day and finally got one. Gomes gave the Reds a 9-3 lead … but they were not done.
Jeff Stevens replaced Lilly and could not find the strike zone. Corky Miller hit his first homer of the season, the ball ended up on Waveland and gave the Reds a 10-3 lead.
Stevens walked Jay Bruce and Miguel Cairo before serving up another longball to Drew Stubbs. Stubbs gave the Reds a 13-3 lead with his second homer of the game.
Stevens walked Mike Leake and gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Piniella brought in Bobby Howry to try and close it out. Howry retired Cabrera on a fly out to center to end the inning.
The Reds sent 13 to the plate again and showed the Cubs once again how to hit the baseball.
Drew Stubbs added insult to injury with his third homer of the game in the ninth off of Andrew Cashner.
The Cubs went down in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings … and other than a diving catch by Marlon Byrd, Lou’s crew looked like they just wanted the game to end.
At 12 under, going out on a seven game road trip to the West Coast and roster that for the most part has quit on the season, when will Jim Hendry start making changes?
The Cubs open a seven-game road trip in Phoenix Monday afternoon. Tom Gorzelanny versus Ian Kennedy in the first of three against the Diamondbacks.