National League Game Summary - Chicago at Cincinnati, Game Two|
(Saturday, August 18th)
Final Score: Chicago 9, Cincinnati 7
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Starlin Castro had three hits, two RBI and a
run scored as the Chicago Cubs held off a late rally by the Cincinnati Reds to
take a 9-7 victory in the second portion of a day/night doubleheader.
"He came up huge again. We found a slot for him at cleanup...he cuts and
slashes," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Castro.
Johnny Cueto led the Reds to a 5-3 decision in the opener, allowing two runs
and three hits in eight innings for his National League-leading 16th win.
Bryan LaHair knocked in a pair of runs, while Brett Jackson and David DeJesus
homered for the Cubs, who snapped a two-game slide.
Brooks Raley (1-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and two
walks over 5 1/3 innings in the win.
Todd Redmond (0-1) made his first career start for the Reds and surrendered
four runs on seven hits and five walks through 3 1/3 innings.
Ryan Ludwick hit two home runs and drove in three for Cincinnati, which had
won seven of its last eight.
"It was a big game, Ryan's feeling it, he's swinging, he wants it," Reds
manager Dusty Baker said.
Cincinnati entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing, 8-2, but started
to inch its way back as Todd Frazier hit an RBI single and Scott Rolen brought
home a run with a double before Ludwick hit his second homer of the game, a
two-run shot to right-center field, in the seventh to close the gap to two.
Miguel Cairo plated Jay Bruce with a pinch-hit triple to right in the eighth
to make it a one-run game, but DeJesus gave the Cubs back a little cushion
with a blast to right-center field in the ninth.
Carlos Marmol then took the mound for the home ninth and allowed a one-out
single by Brandon Phillips to bring the tying run to the plate.
Phillips advanced no further, though, as Marmol fanned Ludwick and induced a
grounder to third by Frazier to end the game and earn his 15th save of the
The Cubs left the bases loaded in the first inning, but were able to break
through in the second with Jackson's leadoff blast to right field.
Cincinnati tied the game in the home second as Ludwick led off the frame by
hammering a ball over the left-field wall.
The Cubs regained the lead in the fourth when Luis Valbuena worked a one-out
walk, advanced to third on Redmond's throwing error on a dribbler by Joe
Mather and came home on Anthony Rizzo's base hit through the right side of the
Castro followed with a double into the left-field corner to plate Mather and
knock Redmond out of the game.
Alfredo Simon came in next and Rizzo slid home safely on a fielder's choice to
first base by LaHair before Steve Clevenger grounded into an inning-ending
double play to keep it a 4-1 game.
Chicago added a run in the fifth when Adrian Cardenas singled and rounded the
bases on Valbuena's two-out double to right-center.
The Reds got a run back in the bottom of the frame as Bruce hit a leadoff
single, moved to second on Rolen's walk, advanced to third on a Devin Mesoraco
fly out and crossed the plate on pinch-hitter Chris Heisey's single to left.
But the Cubs answered with three runs in the sixth after Castro slapped a
triple to right field to score Rizzo, who reached on a fielding error by first
baseman Frazier, and then came home on a LaHair single.
LaHair then stole second and crossed the plate on a Cardenas double to left-
center field for an 8-2 advantage.
Saturday's doubleheader was due to a rainout on May 1 ... Jackson's homer was
the first of his career ... Castro recorded his 10th three-hit game of the
year ... It was Ludwick's fourth multi-homer game of the season.
08/19 01:16:09 ET