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Monday, August 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Reds 2, Cubs 0

By Jesse Rogers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 2-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field:

How it happened: A two-run homer by Brandon Phillips was the difference in the game as Travis Wood and Matt Latos threw well for their respective teams. Wood lasted eight innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, but Phillips’ home run in the seventh was enough for the Reds. The Cubs only had six hits of their own, threating to score on just a couple of occasions. Junior Lake was thrown out at third trying to advance from first on an Anthony Rizzo single in the sixth to kill that potential rally, and the Cubs went quietly the rest of the game.

What it means: It’s not the first time the Cubs have come home from a road trip and were silent on offense. Manager Dale Sveum discussed his team’s home woes before the game, unsure of the problem. The Cubs were better at home than on the road last season but have reversed that trend somewhat this year. ... Wood corrected some second-half woes with a solid performance, lowering his ERA back to 3.00.

Outside the box: Lake played centerfield on Monday and David DeJesus played left. It’s the first time since a healthy DeJesus returned to the lineup that Lake started in center. It could be a sign of things to come. … Scott Baker threw a bullpen session on Monday and will resume a minor league rehab stint if all is well. ... Prospect Jorge Soler was being examined for his injured foot on Monday in Arizona to determine a course of action for the rest of the minor league season.

What’s next: Game 2 of the series with the Reds takes place on Tuesday night, featuring Jeff Samardzija taking on Homer Bailey.