Rapid Reaction: Reds 6, Cubs 4

August, 13, 2013
8/13/13
11:23
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 11-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Shin-Soo Choo drove in the go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning. Eduardo Sanchez takes the loss in relief. The Cubs finally broke their Wrigley Field scoreless streak at 33 innings, which set a franchise record. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run home run in the second inning off of Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. The blast was the 15th of the season for Schierholtz. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija continued to have control issues, walking and wild pitching his way into early trouble. The Cubs got a long solo home run from Dioner Navarro in the fourth inning, his career best 10th of the season. Samardzjia threw 110 pitches in his six innings of work, hitting the showers trailing by a run. Third baseman Donnie Murphy was able to get the Cubs starter off the hook, hitting a solo homer into the right field bleachers leading off the seventh inning. Murphy has four home runs in his first 27 at-bats with Chicago.

What it means: Samardzjia has one win in his last nine starts. The Reds have dominated the Cubs in head-to-head competition, having won 12 of the first 15 games the teams have played in 2013.

Outside the box: President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the Cubs will continue to be active in the international market place. Expect the Cubs to be in pursuit of the power-hitting Cuban defector Jose Abreu when the first baseman makes his way to the United States over the coming months. … Mr. Cub, Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks, was honored by Cubs ownership for his Presidential Medal of Freedom prior to Tuesday evening’s game. President Barack Obama bestowed the medal upon Banks last week. Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was also recognized by the President. The medal is the highest honor that can be awarded to a private citizen of the United States.

Up next:Left-hander Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08 ERA) pitches for the Cubs in the finale of this three-game series in a 1:20 start. Cincinnati counters with righty Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51).

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .286
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 59
RA. Rizzo 72
OPSA. Rizzo .910
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOT. Wood 108