It was ugly last night. Really ugly. The Cubs lost to the Reds 12-2 in a game that ran away from Chicago in the sixth inning when Jay Bruce doubled. That’s what got the ball rolling and the Cubs tried to dig themselves out of a very deep hole.
Matt Garza struggled on the mound. To be fair, Cincinnati has been amazing all year.
“With him, it’s all about fastball command and keeping the ball down,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “When he does that, he can throw a really good game. Every pitcher, it’s going to be about his fastball command, and what happens with that will dictate the game.”
It wasn’t so much as to what the Cubs did wrong, but to how good the Reds were. They beat them in pitching and at the plate.
Cody Ransom continues to impress, hitting a home run in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Reds.
This was the eleventh straight loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field, now, I’m not superstitious, but there’s something wonky happening there.
“It’s one of those days,” Matt Garza said, adding: “This lies on my shoulders.”
The best thing the Cubs can do is put it behind them and focus on today’s matchup when Travis Wood faces Mike Leake. Game time is 2:20 eastern. This is game three of the four game series and I think the Cubs can steal the game today from the Reds.
My prediction? Starlin Castro is going to have a huge day.
“Starlin is so talented he never really has failed before,” Theo Epstein said. “This is the first extended stretch of failure he really has had. It’s tough when you go through that the first time at the big league level, and are already being a player who is relied upon by his teammates, already being on a multi-year contract. It’s tougher for him, but in the long run this will be really good for him.”