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Cubs behold future with Alcantara, Beeler

July, 9, 2014
Jul 9
By Tom Ramstetter
Special to
CINCINNATI -- At 38-52, 13 games out of first place in the National League Central and with two top pitchers already traded away weeks ahead of the nonwaiver trade deadline, the Cubs are looking to the future again.

Despite a sixth straight loss Wednesday night in a 4-1 final to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, a couple pieces of the future were on display and happy about it.

Rookie right-hander Dallas Beeler (0-2) held the Reds to two hits and a run through four innings in his second major league start before taking his second loss.

Arismendy Alcantara, a 22-year-old second baseman/outfielder was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first major league game, but he made several plays in the field, including a relay throw to nab a runner at third base. He said he was never nervous.

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AP Photo/Al BehrmanAlcantara was 0-for-4 in his major league debut, but he delivered on his defensive potential with a few strong plays in the field.
Right-handed starter Kyle Hendricks will make his major league debut Thursday afternoon.

"It’s a whole bunch of fun," Beeler said. "It was nice having Kyle come up here. I didn’t know Arismendy was even coming up until I saw him today. It’s a lot of fun and it’s going to be the same for Kyle tomorrow. He’s going to have a great time. The results weren’t what I wanted tonight, but I still had a great time pitching. It’s a lot of fun to watch, too."

A three-run fifth inning ended Beeler’s second start. He allowed four earned runs, six hits, walked four in five innings and did not record a strikeout.

"I just got some ground balls that got through the holes," Beeler said. "I felt like I had good control tonight. I got behind in some counts, and you can’t get behind on some of these guys. Some things didn’t go my way, and I have to make better pitches in some situations, too.

"I can’t get behind the first two pitches, especially the second and third time through [the batting order] because then I’m throwing all fastballs. So just cut down the walks and everything."

Still, the Cubs were in the game.

"I don’t know if he felt his command was where he wanted it to be," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He settled down, I thought, a little bit. He started moving the ball in the third or fourth inning, I think. He kept us in the ballgame, quite frankly."

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Rapid Reaction: Reds 4, Cubs 1

June, 25, 2014
Jun 25
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- The Cubs lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Wednesday. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: The Reds broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the sixth inning to chase starter Edwin Jackson. Both Joey Votto and Jay Bruce doubled home scores, then a suicide squeeze play by Skip Schumaker brought home another. The Cubs tied the score back in the fourth inning, when Starlin Castro singled home Ryan Sweeney, who had doubled. The Reds got on the board in the first inning when Bruce doubled home Todd Frazier, but Votto was thrown out at the plate. Mat Latos held the Cubs at bay most of the night, giving up five hits and no walks over seven innings.

What it means: Once again, Jackson came up short, giving up all four runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. His four walks to go along with six hits didn’t help matters as his ERA rose to 5.22 on the season. Jackson hasn’t had a quality start in over a month.

Castro continues to bolster his bid for the All-star team as he racks up the hits and RBIs in the first half. He already has surpassed both his home run and RBI totals from all of last year while working his way to 100 hits; he has 87 after Wednesday’s game.

Beeler to debut: Before the game, Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced that Triple-A righty Dallas Beeler would start the first game of the Cubs’ day-night doubleheader on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

What’s next: The Cubs open a four-game series with the Nationals starting on Thursday night when Travis Wood (7-6, 4.55) faces Doug Fister (6-5, 3.24) at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Series preview: Cubs at Reds

April, 28, 2014
Apr 28
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CINCINNATI -- The Chicago Cubs visit the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season. Here’s a preview.

The series:
Monday, 6:10 p.m.: Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30)
Tuesday, 6:10 p.m.: Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02) vs. Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86)
Wednesday, 6:10 p.m.: Carlos Villanueva (1-4, 10.42) vs. Homer Bailey (1-2, 6.15)

April record: The Cubs close out the first month of the season looking for their first series win. The last time they failed to win at least one series in April was 1997.

Samardzija: Last time on the mound for him, the bullpen blew a three-run, ninth-inning lead as the Cubs lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. In doing so, Samardzija became the first pitcher in over 100 years to start the season by throwing five games with seven or more innings pitched while giving up two or fewer runs to not earn at least one victory, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Who’s hot/who’s not: Starlin Castro is coming off a two-homer game in Milwaukee and a weekend full of good at-bats. He was 5-for-12 in the series, and even his outs were hit hard. Meanwhile, Junior Lake had an awful three days against the Brewers. He was 0-for-8 with five strikeouts and made several misplays in the field. His batting average is down to .206.

Jake Arrieta returns: The Cubs starter is done with his rehab stint and should be activated this week. The Cubs haven’t announced when he’ll make his first start of the season. He was slowed by a sore shoulder to start the season.

Series preview: Reds at Cubs

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season as they begin a stretch of 13 straight days of games.

The series:
• Friday, 1:20 p.m. CT: Jeff Samardzija vs. Reds' Alfredo Simon
• Saturday, 1:20 p.m. CT: Edwin Jackson vs. Reds' Tony Cingrani
• Sunday, 1:20 p.m. CT: Carlos Villanueva vs. Reds' Homer Bailey

Samardzija winless: Despite a 1.29 ERA, Friday’s starter hasn’t won a game. The Cubs finally scored some runs for Samardzija during his last start, but the bullpen blew the game before the Cubs pulled it out in the 11th inning. There is no pitcher in baseball going into the weekend with a lower ERA who doesn’t have at least one win this year.

Offensive drought: Between a rainout, off days and a doubleheader shutout sweep, the Cubs haven’t scored a run since last Sunday’s ninth inning in St. Louis. After starting the season on fire, Emilio Bonifacio has slowed down. Since getting the day off last Saturday he’s hitless in his past 13 at-bats over the course of the past three games. His batting average has dropped to .339.

Cellar fight: The Reds are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the standings but have won two in a row after starting the season 4-9. Joey Votto has been hot since moving to the No. 2 hole in their lineup.

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 9, Reds 1

September, 10, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

CINCINNATI -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday:

How it happened: The Cubs' offense had it going all night long, starting with two-run homers in the second and third innings to stake a lead for Edwin Jackson, while Reds starter Tony Cingrani left the game early with back spasms. Welington Castillo hit a long one in the second off Cingrani, who exited in the third inning. Donnie Murphy promptly homered off of reliever Greg Reynolds, and a few minutes later Darnell McDonald singled home Junior Lake as the Cubs led 5-0 after three. They added a run in the fourth on a Darwin Barney sacrifice fly, then Murphy doubled home another run in the sixth. Castillo went deep again to left center in the seventh, while Jackson did the same a few moments later, the second home run of his career. Jackson got big outs when he needed them on the mound; double-play balls in the third and fifth innings were particularly helpful. He lasted seven innings, giving up one run on nine hits with no walks.

What it means: Castillo’s offensive attack in the second half has him turning into a complete player. His home runs were no-doubters as his patience at the plate has paid off. ... Murphy continues to stake a claim for a roster spot next season, as his 10 home runs have come in just 110 at-bats. ... Jackson had to deal with a very hot night but battled through his seven innings. He showed a lot in not giving in even when there were runners on base. It’s been an up-and-down season for Jackson, now 8-15, but he hasn’t thrown in the towel.

Outside the box: According to ESPN Stats & Information, Castillo’s second-inning home run traveled 443 feet, third farthest for the Cubs this season. Only Anthony Rizzo has hit a longer dinger. Castillo’s went several rows into the upper deck. ... For the second night in a row the Cubs’ starting pitcher didn’t walk a batter, which is impressive considering the Reds came into the series leading the league in that category. ... Before the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he would use a six-man starting staff for the next two turns through the rotation. It means Scott Baker will get two more starts after a shutout performance on Sunday over five innings. For the final eight games, Sveum will stay with a five-man staff, giving Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson an extra start each.

What’s next: The Cubs go for the sweep on Wednesday, when Samardzija takes on Mike Leake at 11:35 a.m. CT at Great American Ball Park.

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 2, Reds 0

September, 9, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

CINCINNATI -- Here’s a quick look at the a Chicago Cubs’ 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday:

How it happened: Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena hit solo home runs in the second and third innings, respectively, and they held up as pitcher Travis Wood and two relievers shut down the red-hot Reds. Wood lasted seven innings, giving up six hits without walking anyone. He struck out six in yet another dominant performance, which lowered his ERA to 3.05. Bronson Arroyo was good for the opposition but couldn’t match Wood pitch-for-pitch as his two mistakes were the difference in the game. Pedro Strop pitched the eighth inning and Kevin Gregg the ninth to earn his 31st save.

What it means: If there was any doubt -- and really there should not be -- about Wood’s status as the No. 1 pitcher this year, it was dispelled in one of his best games, just when his arm should or might be tiring. The Reds were coming off a sweep of the Dodgers, during which all they did was get timely hits. That was not the case on Monday against Wood, however.

Stat of the night: Wood threw 100 pitches, 70 were for strikes. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that’s the eighth best strike percentage for a Cubs pitcher this season.

Outside the box: Before the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum indicated pitcher Scott Baker would get another turn on the mound after his five-inning shutout performance on Sunday. The Cubs pushed everyone back a day to accommodate Baker’s first start, but Sveum said the Cubs hadn’t determined how or when they would fit him in again, just that they would. … The Cubs’ Class-A affiliate in Daytona, Fla., took the Florida State League championship with a 4-0 win over Charlotte on Monday night. CJ Edwards, acquired from Texas in the Matt Garza trade, gave up just one hit in five innings in the clinching game.

What’s next: Game 2 of the series with the Reds takes place Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. CT, when Edwin Jackson faces Tony Cingrani.

Rapid Reaction: Reds 5, Cubs 0

August, 14, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday:

How it happened: The Cubs were shut out for the fourth time in the past five home games. The Cubs started a makeshift lineup which included a number of bench players in the series finale. Manager Dale Sveum gave slumping shortstop Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Darwin Barney a day off. Starting pitcher Chris Rusin fell behind in the first inning, surrendering a home run to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo retired the first nine Cubs he faced before David DeJesus led off the fourth with a single to center field, one of just two Cubs hits on the day. Rusin left after six innings, giving up just two runs in a second straight quality start.

What it means: Cincinnati completes the sweep of the series and Arroyo has defeated the Cubs in four straight appearances dating back to last season. The Cubs have lost 10 of their last 11 games at home after losing the finale of the series finale to Cincinnati. Chicago has lost 13 of the first 16 games between the two division rivals this season. Former starter Carlos Villanueva, who was demoted from the rotation before the game, gave up three runs in relief of Rusin.

Outside the box: The Cubs promoted pitcher Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa and he will start Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Reliever Matt Guerrier said he will need surgery to repair a tear between his right forearm and elbow. Guerrier said the rehab will take between six to eight months. Guerrier was placed on the 60-day DL on Thursday.

Up next: After an off day on Thursday, Arrietta makes his second start of the season for the Cubs, opening a three-game series against the Cardinals at 3:05 p.m. CT Friday.

Rapid Reaction: Reds 2, Cubs 0

August, 12, 2013
Rogers 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.

Walk-off finish ends Cubs' long home skid

June, 13, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
Chicago -- It took the Chicago Cubs 14 innings to defeat the Cincinnati Reds and stop a long losing streak to their division foes at home.

Pinch hitter Julio Borbon’s two-out, bases-loaded single was the game winner. Borbon singled to left field off Cincy setup man Jonathan Broxton to end the 5-hour, 7-minute marathon ... and a 12-game losing streak to Cincinnati at Wrigley Field.

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AP Photo/Paul BeatyJulio Borbon's two-out, bases-loaded single in the 14th inning Thursday put a halt to the Cubs' 12-game losing streak to the Reds at Wrigley Field.
“I have been involved in some long games, but maybe not as long as this one,” Borbon said. “It was my first walk-off, so it definitely was worth the wait.”

The Cubs had suffered through a homestand in which they had scored just 11 runs in six games before Thursday’s 6-5 finale.

The Cubs bullpen shut out the league’s second-highest scoring team for eight innings after Jeff Samardzija left the game following the sixth inning.

“I have said it before: We have a lot of confidence in those guys,” Samardzija said. “They definitely get the nod as MVP of the game today.”

Cubs pitchers struck out 19 Reds hitters, with the bullpen fanning 13 in eight innings of work.

“They were better than efficient,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “They were quick and efficient; everybody did a great job today.”

The other good news for the Cubs was the offensive resurgence of shortstop Starlin Castro. The 23-year-old infielder had struggled through the worst slump of his career and entered Thursday’s game hitting a personal low of .238.

Castro had three hits Thursday and scored the game-winning run in the 14th.

“That was by far the best day he has had all year,” Sveum said. “He should have had a walk-off home run [on his ninth-inning double off the wall]. He crushed that ball.

“He swung the bat really well. There were a lot of good things today.”

Sveum had moved Castro back up to the 2 hole on Thursday after demoting him to the sixth and seventh slots for most of the homestand.

“You could see it coming lately,” Samardzija said of Castro’s productive day. “He had been just missing the ball. Today it came full circle for him.”

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Reds 5 (14)

June, 13, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Here's a look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in 14 innings:

How it happened: Pinch hitter Julio Borbon's walk-off single scored Starlin Castro with the winning run in the 14th inning. The Cubs played their longest game of the season in both time and innings. Second baseman Darwin Barney tied the game with a two-out single in the eighth inning, helping advance the game toward extra innings. The Cubs were hoping to salvage one game against the Reds, who had won three straight during this four-game series. Cincinnati had won 12 consecutive games at Wrigley Field since 2012. Starter Jeff Samardzija and Reds ace Matt Latos matched up in the finale. Samardzija had little movement on his fastball as the Reds scored five runs on 10 hits in his six innings. The club had been in a horrendous batting slump at home, hitting .158 while averaging 2.4 runs per game in their last eight home dates (since June 1). Welington Castillo tied the game with an RBI base hit in the fourth inning. Castillo has contributed just 3 RBIs in the past three weeks. Cubs rightfielder Nate Schierholtz pitched in with two triples and three runs.

What it means: Despite receiving a no-decision, Samardzija now leads the National League in strikeouts with 105. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. The Cubs ended their homestand 2-5. Chicago had lost 20 times in games they had at least one lead. Entering Thursday's action the Cubs had improved by four games in the standings after 63 games from the 2012 standings. Starlin Castro made his first error in 18 games and two in the game.

Outside the box: Manager Dale Sveum moved Castro back up to the two-hole of his unproductive lineup. Castro was still in a slump but Sveum pointed out nobody was hitting on his club right now ... Sveum confirmed that injured relief pitcher Zach Putnam had a bone spur in his pitching elbow. ... Shawn Camp will throw two innings in a rehab outing at Class A Kane County on Friday. Camp will be re-evaluated after his appearance and may join the team in St. Louis if all goes well. The pitcher sprained a toe and was placed on the 15-day DL May 22. ... Gold glove winner Barney has not made an error this season. He has a 53-game errorless streak dating back to Sept. 30.

Up next: The Cubs hit the road for New York to play the Mets. RHP Edwin Jackson (2-8 ,5.76 ) opens the three-game series against Mets RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96) at 6:10 p.m. CT Friday.

Cubs' bats hitting new lows on homestand

June, 12, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' offense has been unproductive all season but during this current seven-game homestand the bats have been more inept than usual.

[+] EnlargeStarlin Castro
AP Photo/Jim PrischingStarlin Castro went 0-for-3 against the Reds on Wednesday and is now hitting .238.
Cincinnati Reds starter Mike Leake and closer Aroldis Chapman held the Cubs to three hits, which included a second-inning solo home run from Nate Schierholtz in a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

A frustrated Cubs manager Dale Sveum had no explanation for his club slumping so badly as of late.

"It is getting frustrating," Sveum said. "It is almost the same game (everyday): Starting pitchers getting into the seventh inning with quality starts and we are not having quality at-bats. We are not getting enough quality at-bats from everybody on a daily basis."

The Cubs are 1-5 during this home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Reds. They have scored just 11 runs in the past six games and haven't had more than six hits in a game since June 5 against the Los Angeles Angels.

"We are just not getting aggressive swings," Sveum said. "Until we start getting more aggressive in fastball counts ... we can't keep swinging the bats the way we are in hitters counts."

The Cubs have become the whipping boys of the Reds, who have taken 10 of 12 games in 2013 and 12 straight going back to 2012 at Wrigley.

"We just have to get these guys going," Sveum said. "We just aren't getting any solid contact or slugging percentage out of them at all."

The most telling statistic in the Cubs' season-long struggle to score runs may be having led in 20 games that they have lost.

"It is a long season and a lot of ups and downs," first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "Right now it seems everybody is on a down. What can we do about it, everybody in here is busting their butts. We are working but it is frustrating because guys hit some balls pretty good and they get caught. That is just part of the game you just have to keep going."

The Cubs are on a slightly better pace after 63 games than last year's club which lost 101 games. They were 21-42 in 2012 and are 25-38 in 2013.

Rapid Reaction: Reds 2, Cubs 1

June, 12, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at the Cincinnati Reds' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: The Cubs' offense continues to sputter. They had three baserunners through eight innings, none of them advancing beyond first base. Former Cincinnati pitcher Travis Wood was seeking his sixth win of the season, and he held the Reds hitless until a Cesar Izturis infield single to deep shortstop in the fifth. Todd Frazier gave the Reds the lead in the seventh inning with a long home run to left center field. Wood was strong, but Mike Leake was stronger, going eight innings before yielding to Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run off Leake for the Cubs' only run.

What it means: The Cubs are a woeful 7-21 in Central Division play. That is the worst intradivision record in baseball. The Reds have won 12 in a row at Wrigley Field dating back to 2012. Wood threw his 12th quality start in 13 outings this season.

Outside the box: The team put Zach Putnam on the DL with right elbow soreness. Brooks Raley was selected from Triple-A Iowa. Raley was 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA in the minor leagues. The Cubs have lost 20 games in which they had a lead.

Up next: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18 ERA) pitches the finale of this four-game series against Reds ace Mat Latos (6-0, 2.87) at 1:20 p.m. CT Thursday.

Dusty Baker puts onus on Matt Garza

June, 10, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker says the ball is in Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza's hands in regards to the mini-feud that started between the two teams last month.

"We're just going to play ball," Baker said before Monday's game between the two teams. "If whoever wants to do something, that's their prerogative. They can do what they want to."

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Cubs-Reds series not lacking in fireworks

May, 26, 2013
By Mark Schmetzer, Special to
CINCINNATI -- The Fourth of July still will be weeks away, but look for fireworks when the Cincinnati Reds show up in Chicago on June 10 for a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Matt Garza virtually promised something explosive after the Cubs came from behind on Sunday to pull out a 5-4, 10-inning win at Great American Ball Park.

Garza, who lasted just four innings in his second start of the season after coming off the disabled list, blamed Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto for inciting Chicago with a pitch over the head of Cubs leadoff hitter David DeJesus with one out, nobody on base and the Reds leading 4-0 in the sixth inning.

“That just goes to show, don’t wake a sleeping dog,” Garza said. “That’s immature on his part. It’s B.S. on his part -- totally immature. If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows the hell up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care.

“I don’t know if there’s anything between him and [DeJesus], but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anyting. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum agreed that the pitch got his team stirred up.

"[DeJesus] was taking too long to get in the batter's box,” Sveum said. “So Cueto was screwing around and threw the ball over his head. He wasn't trying to hit him. I asked the ump [Bob Davidson] why he gave the warning. He said he knew he wasn't tying to hit him but was following the rules. I asked then why not throw him out? I think it woke us up. At least it woke up the bench."

Unlike the first two games, in which Chicago took an early lead and at least made Cincinnati come from behind, the Cubs fell behind 4-0 before pushing across a run in the seventh and three in the eighth with two outs to tie the score. They won it in the 10th on Welington Castillo’s double, which drove in Scott Hairston. Anthony Rizzo cut the Reds lead to 4-2 in the eighth with a double down the right-field line, his third double in the past two games, and Alfonso Soriano followed with his fifth home run of the season and first since May 13, putting the Cubs in place to snap their losing streak at a season-high six games.

Soriano moved into a tie with Jeff Kent and Norm Cash for 67th place on the career home run list with his 377th. Matt Williams is next with 378.

Garza pitched three shutout innings before the Reds erupted in the fourth. Jay Bruce hit a one-out solo homer; Ryan Hanigan launched a run-scoring drive to straightaway center field on which DeJesus almost made a tremendous diving catch with his back to the plate; and Zack Cozart capped the inning with a bases-loaded, two-run double.

Rust was not the issue, Garza said.

“It was more in-game stuff,” he said. “It’s not something you can do on the sidelines. It only comes from facing hitters. They were fighting off pitches and getting my pitch count up. The bullpen picked me up great. That’s a great sign of growth for the bullpen. It wasn’t a great outing for myself, but it was a great team win.”

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Reds 4 (F/10)

May, 26, 2013
By Mark Schmetzer, Special to

CINCINNATI -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

How it happened: Unlike the first two games, in which Chicago took an early lead and at least made Cincinnati come from behind, the Cubs fell behind 4-0 before pushing across a run in the seventh and three in the eighth with two outs to tie the score before winning it in the 10th on Welington Castillo’s double, which drove in Scott Hairston. Anthony Rizzo cut the Reds' lead to 4-2 with a double down the right-field line, his third double in the past two games, and Alfonso Soriano followed with his fifth home run of the season and first since May 13. Chicago right-hander Matt Garza, making his second start of the season after coming off the disabled list, pitched three shutout innings before the Reds erupted in the fourth. Jay Bruce hit a one-out solo homer, Ryan Hanigan launched a run-scoring drive to straightaway center field on which David DeJesus almost made a tremendous diving catch with his back to the plate, and Zack Cozart capped the inning with a bases-loaded, two-run double.

What it means: The Cubs snap their season-high losing streak at six games.

Outside the box: Soriano moved into a tie with Jeff Kent and Norm Cash for 67th place on the career home run list with his 377th. Matt Williams is next with 378.

Up next: The Cubs open a stretch of 14 games in 16 days in Chicago with interleague “road” games Monday and Tuesday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-6) is the Cubs’ projected starter. He expects to face left-hander Jose Quintana (3-1) in the 12:10 p.m. game.



Anthony Rizzo
.284 25 59 71
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 59
RA. Rizzo 71
OPSA. Rizzo .908
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOE. Jackson 108