Reds 6 @ Cubs 5 (11 innings)

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Cubs Fight Back Behind Rizzo, Soriano, & Castro
(It’s a real good thing we got rid of Soto, Theriot, Fontenot, and any other ‘O’ that I’m not thinking of at the moment; our lineup would be obnoxious to listen to every night) After getting down early, the Cubs twice found themselves down 4 runs. It initially looked like they would roll over and let the Reds have an easy path to victory, but then they got a few guys on base and eventually the Cubs tied the game in the 8th. Castro had a huge game. Rizzo and Soriano teamed up to jumpstart the attack in both the 4th and 6th innings.

Wasted Opportunities
In the 6th, 8th, and 10th the Cubs had opportunities to put extra runs on the board, but in each instance they couldn’t find a clutch hit. In the 6th, Valbuena was picked off of second base after his hit plated Castro. In the 8th, Brett Jackson struck out…looking…with the bases loaded!! In the 10th, Castillo struck out with runners at 2nd & 3rd with 1 out; after Jackson walked to load the bases, Clevenger grounded out to first to end the threat.

DeJesus Gives The Game Away
Just not David DeJesus’ night. He was 0-for-6 at the plate and in the 11th inning he allowed what should’ve been the third out glance off his glove as he overran the catch. Brandon Phillips stood on second and an air of inevitability seemed to accompany Drew Stubbs’ following at-bat. Stubbs singled to left, Phillips scored (Soriano’s throw was late and up the line).

Other Game Notes

  • Without the Cubs turning four double plays, the Reds likely would’ve put this game away early on.
  • Barney made an excellent play to get the first out of the 11th, though on review it looked as though the runner beat it out.
  • Soriano hit his 30th HR of the year, and it was an absolute bomb.
  • Soriano in the field was less impressive on this fly ball from Joey Votto; and clearly Votto was watching because he believed Soriano was primed to boot this ball too…and Votto paid the price.
  • Official game notes: REDS LEFTFIELDER RYAN LUDWICK LEFT THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE SIXTH INNING DUE TO TIGHTNESS IN HIS GROIN. There’s got to be a better way to say that…
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