I think someone might want to rename Wrigley Field as GABP North. Remember the days when Cubs fans would flock to Great American Ball Park and irritate the snot out of all of us Reds fans? Was at a couple of those. Glad those times are indeed flipping to the way of the Good Guys.
The first game of the series featured a virtuoso performance from Mat Latos. Latos hurled eight strong innings, striking out 9 Cubs hitters and not allowing a run. The only runs the Reds needed in a 2-0 win was a two-run homer off the bat of Brandon Phillips.
Last night’s game was slightly different.
The Reds amassed a pair of two-run leads only to see starter Homer Bailey serve up three home runs and allow the Cubs to get back into the game. In the top of the 11th inning, the Cubs miscues caught up with them. Shin-Soo Choo drove in a pair or runs after Chicago decided it was time to play Cubs baseball by issuing a pair a walks and a wild pitch prior to Choo’s heroics. Reds win, 6-4.
Today’s game was similar to the first game of the series. Today, Bronson Arroyo provided the Reds with seven stingy innings, allowing only a pair of Cubs hits and striking out seven. Alfredo Simon hurled a perfect 8th and Johnathan Broxton’s only blemish was a HBP in the 9th. The Reds scored a 5-0 win.
Todd Frazier may be getting more on track. The ToddFather was 2-for-4 today with a home run, a double and 2 RBI.
The pair of shutouts by the Reds pitching staff now shows that the Cubs have been shutout in four of their last five games at Wrigley. For the entire series, the Reds outscored the Cubs, 13-4.
Now on to Miller Park and a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.