Note to Matt Garza. Whenever you call out an opposing player, better be sure you have the ability to back up your talk. As a side note, having a good team at your back helps just a little, too. Then again, maybe the fog which loomed over Wrigley Field during Monday night’s game still hadn’t lifted from over the Cubs.
While the Reds and Cubs attempted to put the Johnny Cueto-Matt Garza flap behind them, Garza’s performance did little to discourage the Reds fanbase from tossing a few Twitter barbs.
In his five innings of work during the Reds 12-2 thumping of the Cubs, Gazra was charged with surrendering nine runs on nine hits. Three of those left the Friendly Confines.
Todd Frazier‘s 2nd inning solo shot was his first since April 24 which was against the Cubs. The span of 39 games (36 as a stater) is by far ToddFather’s longest such “streak” since adorning a Reds uniform.
The second home run Garza allowed came on his first offering to Joey Votto in the 3rd inning. Votto’s two-run shot now gives him the team lead in home runs with 11.
The finishing blow came in the 6th inning when Xavier Paul launched a three-run homer that sent Garza packing.
The Reds finished their scoring in the 8th when Zack Cozart knocked his 6th of the season, also a three-run knock. In all, four home runs by the Good Guys and Garza was pounded into submission.
And Tony Cingrani posted an excellent return to the Reds rotation however short it may be. The lefty hurled 7 innings and allowed only four hits and a pair of runs. The last time Cingrani saw the Wrigley Field mound, the situation wasn’t quite the same.
Throw a pair of Cingrani hits – both off Garza – into the merriment as well.
The win bumps the Reds record to 39-26 and is also the 11th straight for Cincy at Wrigley Field.
Remember how Cubs fans would flock to GABP and infinitely troll Reds fans at their home? How’s it feel to have the script flipped?