Game One Hundred Thirty – Cubs 3 Reds 2
WP – Randy Wells (6-12) LP – Bronson Arroyo (14-8) Save – Carlos Marmol (24)
Randy Wells celebrated his 28th birthday Saturday at Great American Ball Park … and picked up his first win July 23. Wells labored through the early innings before settling down and turning in a quality start.
Wells pitched from behind in the count and ran up his high pitch count (70 pitches after four innings) but he allowed only two runs on six hits in six innings. Wells walked two and struck out four on 100 pitches, 61 for strikes.
The Cubs young pen was the difference Saturday night. James Russell gave up the only hit, a two-out bloop single, over the final three innings. Russell struck out the side and Andrew Cashner retired the Reds in order on just eight pitches, seven for strikes, in the eighth.
Carlos Marmol had an uneventful ninth. Marmol struck out Paul Janish for the second out and retired the side to end the game on 10 pitches.
Xavier Nady gave the Cubs the lead in the second inning with their first run of the season against Bronson Arroyo. Nady’s solo shot was his fifth of the year and first since June 10 in Milwaukee … and ended a string of 15 consecutive scoreless innings against Bronson Arroyo.
Jay Bruce robbed Kosuke Fukudome of a homer in the second inning … so Fukudome hit the ball further in the fifth. Fukudome ripped his 11th of the year, a two-run shot that gave the Cubs a two-run lead … Fukudome’s 11 home runs ties his Major League career high.
Bronson Arroyo lost to the Chicago Cubs for the first time since September 28, 2007. Arroyo allowed three runs on five hits without a walk and five strikeouts. Arroyo was very good, especially against the top of the Cubs’ lineup, but the two homers he allowed ended up being the difference in the game.
Joey Votto hit his 17th career homer off Cubs’ pitching in just 48 career games. Votto’s solo blast tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth.
The Cubs improved to 4-1 under Mike Quade and won a one-run game for only the 17th time this season (17-30). With the win, the Cubs are back to 20 under the mediocre mark with a 55-75 record … The Cubs beat the Reds for only the fourth time in 15 games this season. Randy Wells and the offense were just good enough against Bronson Arroyo.
Xavier Nady gave the Cubs a slim 1-0 lead in the second inning on a 2-2 pitch. Nady hit his first dinger since June 10 over the wall in left.
Randy Wells labored through the first three innings before allowing the Reds to tie the game in the fourth. Joey Votto hit another home run off Cubs’ pitching and tied the game at one. Votto’s 32nd of the year was the 18th longball Wells has served up this season.
Wells walked Scott Rolen following the Votto blast but did not allow the Reds to take the lead. After four, Wells’ pitch count was at 70 … and it did not look like he was long for the game.
Tyler Colvin led off the fifth with the Cubs third hit of the game, a single to right. Kosuke Fukudome stepped in and launched a 0-1 pitch over the wall in right. Kosuke’s two-run shot gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead … and should have been his second of the game.
The Reds made it 3-2 in the sixth inning. Scott Rolen doubled to left with one out and advanced to third on a single by Jonny Gomes … the ball was just out of the reach of Castro and Rolen had to hold.
Ryan Hanigan ripped a 1-2 pitch from Wells into left and plated Rolen with the Reds’ second run … the Reds’ fourth hit in a row. Drew Stubbs flied out to right and Paul Janish tapped back to the mound to end the inning.
Randy Wells departed in the seventh … without throwing a pitch. Wells took the hill to start the inning, Baker went to his bench for Juan Francisco and Mike Quade went to his pen for James Russell.
Russell gave up a two-out bloop single to Chris Valaika but he struck out all three lefties he faced in the inning. Votto was called out on a check swing to end the inning.
Andrew Cashner and Carlos Marmol were perfect in the eighth and ninth to close out the win.
Saturday was a good night for the Chicago Cubs.
Casey Coleman and Travis Wood will square off in the series and season finale against the Reds on Sunday afternoon.