National League Game Summary - Chicago at Cincinnati|
(Friday, August 17th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Ludwick and rookie Todd Frazier
both homered during a five-run fourth inning on Friday and the Cincinnati
Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, in the opener of a four-game series.
Bronson Arroyo (9-7) got the win, giving up three runs on nine hit with
three walks and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He also doubled and
scored on Zack Cozart's Tobago in the fourth.
Jay Bruce added a solo homer and Drew Stubbs had an RBI triple for the
NL Central-leading Reds, who took three of four games from the Cubs last
Travis Wood (4-9) dropped his career-high sixth straight decision,
allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits over five innings. He did
not issue a walk, struck out three, and added an RBI single.
Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run for the Cubs, who are just 3-13 in
their last 16 games dating to July 31.
"We swung the bats well," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Their pitchers made a
couple nice plays to change a couple of innings around. Other than that, I was
pretty happy the way we swung the bats. We just didn't get much to show for
The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday before closing the set
Valbuena's leadoff shot put the Cubs up 1-0 in the second, but
Frazier singled in the bottom half and crossed the plate courtesy of
Wood's error. With two down, Ryan Hanigan slapped a grounder towards
first base and the covering Wood failed to catch the toss from Anthony
Rizzo, allowing Frazier to score from first.
Chicago went on top again in the fourth, which began with a base hit
from Starlin Castro. Brett Jackson's one-out single put runners on the
corners before Castro scored on a wild pitch. After Steve Clevenger
walked, Wood singled up the middle for a short-lived, 3-1 advantage.
Ludwick led off the home half with his 23rd homer of the season. After
Bruce was hit by a pitch, Frazier launched his 16th into the seats in left-
center. He leads all NL rookies with 51 RBI.
Later in the frame, Arroyo doubled with a shot to the wall in left-
center. Cozart followed with a line drive, Tobago to left before Stubbs
ripped a triple into the corner in right, making it 6-3.
"That was a big five-run inning for us, especially down 3-1," Frazier
said. "That was huge."
Bruce hit his 25th homer of the year in the fifth.
Arroyo left with runners on first and second in the seventh and Jose
Arredondo induced a fly out and a groundout to escape.
Jonathan Broxton stranded a pair in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman faced
the minimum in the ninth, as the Reds improved to a major league-best 25-9
since the All-Star break.
The Cubs, meanwhile, have lost eight straight road games dating to July 25.
The Reds are expected to recall pitcher Todd Redmond to start the nightcap
of Saturday's doubleheader. It will mark the major league debut for Redmond
... The Reds are 22-9 since Joey Votto left the lineup on July 16 ...
Chapman induced three straight groundouts in the ninth. It marked just the
second time in 54 appearances that he didn't strike out a batter ... Wood
hasn't recorded a win since July 6 against the Mets.
08/18 00:05:19 ET