National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Chicago|
(Wednesday, August 14th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bronson Arroyo threw seven scoreless innings
and the Cincinnati Reds completed a sweep of a three-game series against the
Chicago Cubs with a 5-0 shutout.
Arroyo (11-9) allowed just two hits and struck out seven in his outing.
"It's late in the year and if you can save a few bullets for later on in
September when we're really going to need them against a team like the
Cardinals or something, it's nice to go out there and have an easy outing, as
far as not beating my body down physically," Arroyo said.
Todd Frazier had a home run and two RBI while Joey Votto, Ryan Hanigan and
Zack Cozart drove in a run apiece for the Reds, who have won four straight and
seven of their last eight games.
Chicago starter Chris Rusin (2-2) gave up two runs on three hits and a walk
over six frames.
"I just go game to game and go from there," said Rusin. "That's what helps me
because if I put too much pressure on myself, that's when you start making
mistake and trying to be too perfect."
The Cubs are on a four-game losing streak.
Frazier got things started with a home run in the first inning.
In the fifth, Cozart hit a one-out single to left and scored on Hanigan's
double to right. Two innings later, Cozart plated Jay Bruce with a two-out
double to left for a 3-0 lead.
The Reds pulled away even further in the eighth. After Chris Heisey reached
first on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Ransom, Frazier delivered an
RBI double to left and scored on Votto's double to right.
Meanwhile, Arroyo was lights-out. He retired the first nine batters in the
game before giving up a leadoff single to David DeJesus in the fourth. The
only other hit he allowed was a one-out infield single by Darnell McDonald in
Alfredo Simon threw a 1-2-3 eighth in relief of Arroyo. In the ninth, Jonathan
Broxton hit DeJesus with a pitch with two outs, but finished the Cubs off by
getting McDonald to fly out to center field.
The Reds have won 22 of their last 26 games against the Cubs, including 14 of
the last 15 at Wrigley Field ... Frazier's last home run came on July 1 ...
Cincinnati recorded five doubles (Hanigan, Bruce, Cozart, Frazier, Votto) ...
Ransom has a career-high eight errors this season... The Cubs were 0-for-7
with runners in scoring position in this series ... Chicago has an off day
Thursday, while the Reds begin a four-game series in Milwaukee.
08/14 20:39:21 ET