While I thought the Reds would push across more than 3 runs today, how right was I about the Cubs offense?! After their 15-run attack against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon, you just knew that the Cubs would lay an egg today against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds. I was right on the money!
Arroyo improved to 12-6 by scattering 5 hits and 1 walk over 7 scoreless innings. 50-year old Arthur Rhodes even got into the act for the Reds by pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning to preserve the Reds 3-0 lead. (By the way, I was just kidding – Rhodes is “only” years old). And even though Reds’ closer Francisco Cordero walked 2 batters in the 9th inning, he struck out Derrek Lee and Marlon Byrd and got Blake DeWitt to ground out back to the box to end the game. Ho-hum – another dull Cubs loss at the Friendly Confines.
The Cubs did have a couple of opportunities throughout the game, but like usual, they never came through with the clutch hit.
Example 1 – In the 4th inning, the Cubs squandered back-to-back 2-out hits by Aramis Ramirez and Marlon Byrd as Kosuke Fukudome grounded out to end the inning.
Example 2 – In the 5th inning, the Cubs wasted back-to-back leadoff singles by Blake DeWitt and Geovany Soto. Both men moved up to 2nd and 3rd base on a wild pitch with nobody out, but were stranded as Tom Gorzelanny struck out, Tyler Colvin popped out and Starlin Castro struck out.
Example 3 – See 9th inning discussion above. 2 walks and no runs – what else is new?!
The Cubs have their best shot at a win on Saturday afternoon. Randy Wells beat the Reds back in July and he looks to do so again against Edinson Volquez who has been mediocre at best since coming off the disabled list after the All-Star Break…
Go Cubs Go!!!