- Thursday July 10th – Wrigley Field
- Game (92): Reds 12 – Cubs 7
- Record (55-37) – 1st place NL Central
- Soriano Saga – (13-13)
The skinny: The only thing that could cure today’s loss was a full dose of Pete’s Pizza.
Cool side note: while eating at Pete’s, Steve Wilkos – the former security guard on the Jerry Springer Show, now turned talk show host “The Steve Wilkos Show” – was sitting in the booth next to me.
And believe me when I tell you that the ex-marine is as large a human being as he appears on T.V.
Back to the Cubs, obviously it’s tough to overcome seven home runs.
And the real stinker is that Chicago plated seven runs of its own, more than enough to win a ballgame.
But, I’ll give Lilly a pass this afternoon on his shortest outing of the year 2.3 IP.
Besides, the guy’s been tremendous since starting the season (0-3) and entering today’s game he was 4-0 with a 3.12 ERA in his last six outings.
Still, Lilly’s never had a lot of success against Cincinnati either: 1-5, with about a 5.00 ERA in seven starts.
Although, I’m a little concerned about Ted’s overall record against the NL Central this year, he’s now 2-3 with an ERA hovering around 6.00.
That’s got to get better down the stretch.
Tough introduction for Gaudin, Ross belting a homer to left, his second blast of the day.
So, about the only thing to enjoy with today’s clunker was seeing Junior go deep for the 12th time this year, a three-run shot in the fourth against Wuertz and Mike Fontenot’s bat staying hot: 2-for-3 with a HR and 2 RBIs.
For the entire Reds series Little Babe Ruth went 4-for-6 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 5 R and 3 BB.
Conversly, my boy Jim Edmonds has cooled off considerble lately: 1-for-10 with 2 BB for the homestand.
Anyway, the main thing is the Cubs took the series and help maintain its 4 G lead in the Central.
- Notes: This marks the second time this season the Reds have hit seven home runs against the Cubs (May 7th).
- The Cubs have not swept the Reds at home since May 22-24th 2001.
- Chicago missed its chance to win four straight since doing so June 8-12th.
- While dealing with multply injuries, in its last 22 games the Cubs are 10-12.
- However, during the past 45 days Chicago has maintained sole possesion of first place in the NL Central.
- Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are the first Cubs starters to post 10 wins before the All Star break since Rick Rueschel (12-3) and Ray Burris (10-9) managed the feat in 1977.
- Happy Birthday Dad!