Monday, April 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Reds 5, Cubs 4
By Jesse Rogers
CINCINNATI – Here’s a quick look at the Cincinnati Reds' 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in extra innings on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
How it happened: Luis Valbuena homered in the top of the 13th inning to break a 2-2 tie after Welington Castillo reached on an error, but it didn’t hold up. The Reds’ Jay Bruce tied it again with a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning and then Cesar Izturis drove him in with a two-out single to win it. Michael Bowden suffered the loss. The Cubs got on the board with a leadoff home run by David DeJesus, who drove the ball just over the right field fence and inside the foul pole. They added a run in the third when Starlin Castro brought home Darwin Barney with a base hit. The Reds scored two runs in seventh inning to tie the game. Bruce led off with a home run and one out later Chris Heisey singled to end Cubs starter Travis Wood's night. Reliever Shawn Camp balked Heisey over to second then James Russell gave up a triple to pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan.
What it means: Yet again a Cubs starter failed to get a victory despite a quality effort. Wood pitched very effectively into the seventh inning but his relief corps couldn’t help him out by holding a one-run lead. More important, Wood keeps on showing he belongs in the majors as a starter; he faced the best hitting lineup against lefties in baseball coming into the night. They might not be after his four-hit, two-run effort.
Marmol time: Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th, striking out Joey Votto with the winning run on third base and two outs in the 10th. He’s gone six straight appearances (7 IP) without giving up a run after getting scored upon in his first three outings of the season.
Key stats: Castro got a hit in his career high 14th consecutive game. …The Reds had just five hits in the first 12 innings but added three in the 13th. … Shin-Soo Choo broke a 109-year-old Reds record by getting hit by a pitch for the 10th time this month when Wood hit him in the sixth. … The Reds entered the game with the best fielding percentage in the National League, but committed 3 errors. The Cubs had none.
What’s next: Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 1.29 ERA) takes the mound against lefty Tony Cingrani (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in Tuesday’s middle game of the series in a 7:10 CT start.