National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Chicago|
(Tuesday, September 18th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 3, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Homer Bailey tossed 7 1/3 effective innings
on Tuesday as the Cincinnati Reds topped the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, in the opener
of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Bailey (12-9) allowed just a run on four hits with four strikeouts and two
walks to remain undefeated against the Cubs this season. Sean Marshall
finished off the eighth inning and Jonathan Broxton picked up his third save
of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
"I always liked pitching on the road," Bailey said. "I always liked the
traveling and being away I guess."
Ryan Hanigan provided all the offense with a bases-clearing double for the NL
Central-leading Reds, who have won five of their last seven games.
Bryan LaHair ripped a pinch-hit RBI double for the Cubs, who have dropped
three of their last four. Justin Germano (2-8) absorbed the loss after giving
up three runs on three hits and five walks over five-plus frames.
After leaving a runner on base in all but one of the first five innings, the
Reds finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth. Germano lost his
control in the inning as he walked Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce to
load the bases with no outs.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum went to his bullpen and brought in Manuel Corpas, who
got Scott Rolen to fly out, but then allowed a rocket double off the ivy in
center field to Hanigan, allowing all three runners to score for a 3-0
"We had base runners out there, but just didn't get that timely hit until
Hanny (Hanigan) came through," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Darwin Barney singled off Bailey with one out in the Chicago eighth and
LaHair followed by punishing a fastball into the right field corner, scoring
Barney to cut the deficit to two.
The rally continued for the Cubs as pinch-hitter Dave Sappelt was hit by a
pitch, but Marshall fanned Josh Vitters and got Anthony Rizzo to ground out to
second, ending the threat.
Broxton, who has taken over the closer's role in the absence of Aroldis
Chapman, induced fly outs from Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro before
fanning Welington Castillo to end the game.
"We were swinging the bats really well the last few days, but last night and
tonight, it's sort of discouraging," Sveum said. "We're kind of going
backwards right now."
Barney went 2-for-3 with a run scored and has gone 51 straight plate
appearances, dating to September 5, without striking out ... Baker
managed his 3000th career game. He also notched his 1,573rd win ... Reds
outfielder Drew Stubbs snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a single in the third
inning ... Bailey is 3-0 in four starts against Chicago this season.
09/19 00:49:18 ET