Rapid Reaction: Reds 6, Cubs 0

September, 11, 2013
9/11/13
2:53
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CINCINNATI – Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

How it happened: The Reds got to Jeff Samardzija early and often as he lasted only 5 2/3 innings while giving up all six runs. A single and double by Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce to open the second inning led to two runs while two innings later a Devin Mesoraco long ball extended the Reds' lead to 3-0. The big blow came in the sixth after Starlin Castro went deep into the hole at shortstop to nearly get Mesoraco at first base with two outs. A couple pitches later -- Samardzija’s 110th on the day -- pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan hit a three-run home run to put the game away. Samardizja walked the next hitter on four pitches and his day was done. Mike Leake was effective for the Reds as he navigated through 5 2/3 innings while giving up four hits and four walks and the Cubs failed to get the big hit against him or the Reds bullpen.

What it means: The Cubs took two out of three from the Reds but had little chance for the sweep with Samardzija’s performance. He simply didn’t keep his team in the game, especially with the Cubs struggling on offense on Wednesday. In fact, Samardzija is getting worse as the season winds down. Is his arm tiring? It’s a legitimate question as his fastball command isn’t sharp and his cutter is getting hit hard. He might get to 200 innings, but that doesn’t mean it will be an effective finish -- or season for that matter. He’s made it way too easy on the opposition too often this year.

What’s next: The Cubs' road trip continues in Pittsburgh on Friday night when Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.89 ERA) faces the Pirates' Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23).

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167