Rapid Reaction: Reds 7, Cubs 2


Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday:

How it happened: Jake Arrieta labored through four innings as he gave up three runs in the second and three more in the fourth. Four walks hurt him as did six stolen bases by the Reds. Zach Cozart, Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier had RBIs in the second inning and then Frazier and Brandon Phillips brought home the three in the fourth. Arrieta gave up six runs on six hits while striking out eight. The Reds added another run on a Hamilton RBI in the sixth as the speedy leadoff man was on base four times. The Cubs made Reds starter Dylan Axelrod work by getting his pitch count up but couldn't get any runners to cross the plate against him. He gave up two hits and three walks in five innings of work. The Cubs tallied twice in the ninth when Jorge Soler drove one in with a base hit and Arismendy Alcantara with a sacrifice fly.

What it means: Arrieta looked a little like his old self in walking the leadoff man in the first two innings. He wasn't sharp and it came back to haunt him, especially in the form of the Reds running game. He and catcher John Baker were burned by the most stolen bases by the Reds in a single game since 2006. It's the second time this season Cincinnati has stolen five or more bases against the Cubs.

Soler's day: Jorge Soler added a second-inning double to his early career resume then an RBI single in the ninth inning to break up the Reds shutout. In between Soler struck out twice but he's 4 for 8 with a home run and 3 RBIs in two games as a Cub.

What's next: The Cubs road trip moves on to St. Louis for a four-game series over the next three days. Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.78) takes on Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.26) at 7:15 p.m. CT Friday.