Cubs 5, Reds 7

Box Score / Game Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Carlos hit a 3 run bomb that caused Jay Bruce to just give a courtesy look as it sailed out into the right field bleachers. That gives Pena homeruns in five of his last twelve games. For a slow start, the power appears to be coming. What was the most encouraging was the home run game with two runners on base, one of them courtesy of a hit by pitch. These are situations the Cubs have failed to capitalize on. Tonight they took advantage early.
  • Coming out to the mound with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, Garza got the first two hitters relatively easily, but looked like he was going to choke up the lead when he issued back to back walks to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, but he rallied and struck out Jay Bruce to shut down the Reds rally.
  • We took the lead going into the bottom of the 7th. That’s my goal each and every game for this team. Get the lead and give it to Marshall / Wood / Marmol at the end and most nights that’s gonna do it.

What Went Wrong

  • Fielding was atrocious. The Reds scored seven runs and didn’t earn a single one of them. An error on Carlos Pena on a ground ball followed by a wild throw by Matt Garza to the plate that had no business being made in the first place let the Reds tie the game up early and then a key wild throw to third allowed three more runs to score in the 8th thanks to Kerry Wood. Errors are going to happen, it just seems like they’re happening in so many key spots for this team.

Misc. News / Notes

  • Before tonight’s game, the Cubs optioned Tyler Colvin and Marcos Mateo to AAA and Selected the contract for Tony Campana and recalled Scott Maine. I had a chance to see Campana play two years ago with the Smokies and the kid can flat out fly down the line to first base. He’ll make the infielders nervous on ground balls if they bobble at all.
  • Wild stuff in the 6th inning. Matt Garza walked off the field after striking out Miguel Cairo who proceeded to walk off the field and then suddenly ran to first base and was awarded 1st. The call was that it was a dropped 3rd strike, but rule 6.09 clearly states that a batter is out if he leaves the batting circle. The ump blew that call bad.
  • Randy Wells made his first rehab start for the Peoria Chiefs, going 3.2 innings and taking the loss.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star– Ryan Hanigan (.459 WPA)

2nd Star – Edinson Volquez (.276 WPA)

3rd Star– Carlos Pena (.265 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Mark 3-3 (.500)

Joe 8-10 (.444)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail