Monday, June 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Reds 6, Cubs 2
By Jesse Rogers
Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at Wrigley Field.
How it happened: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had a hand in every run scored in the game. He had an RBI single in the first, a grand slam in the third and an RBI groundout in the eighth. He also threw away a ball in the sixth inning, allowing the Cubs' first run to come across. Scott Feldman gave up the early damage to Phillips but settled down after the first three innings. However, the damage was done, as Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up just four hits en route to the win. The Cubs scored a run in the ninth on a Starlin Castro double, breaking an 0-for-13 stretch.
What it means: Feldman reverted to early-season form, making only a couple of bad pitches, but they came back to haunt him in a big way. He hung a breaking pitch to Phillips, who hit a no-doubter to left field. The Cubs' offense was stuck in neutral as the top four hitters combined to go 2-for-14. Castro saw his batting average dip to .240 until his ninth-inning hit broke the dive.
Foggy conditions: A thick fog rolled in and out of Wrigley Field throughout the night, nearly delaying the game. The umpires discussed it but ultimately played on. At one point the scoreboard was invisible, lost in the fog. At least one ball wasn’t picked up right away by Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who reacted late to the base hit.
Outside the box: Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Alabama. Famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation. ... Righty Shawn Camp will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Kane County on Tuesday as he recovers from a toe injury.
What’s next: Matt Garza (1-0, 4.03 ERA) takes on lefty Tony Cingrani (2-0, 3.27) in Game 2 of the series Tuesday night. Game time is 7:05 CT.