7/4 Numbers game
The Reds outscored the Cubs 30-8 in the four-game series, taking three of the four games. Of the 30 runs, 17 came in the seventh inning, and 23 came in the seventh or later.
Here are some other ugly numbers:
* Ted Lilly gave up a career-tying nine runs on a career-high 11 hits. He also gave up a season-high four home runs. He has given up four or more homers three times in his career (also June 11, 2003, vs. Atlanta, and April 8, 2009, at Houston).
* The Cubs served up seven homers Sunday, the most since giving up seven July 10, 2008, to the Reds in Cincinnati. How good were things going for the Reds? Joey Votto was ejected in the first inning after arguing balls and strikes, and his replacement, Paul Janish, goes 4-for-4 with three runs, a homer and three RBIs.
* Derrek Lee finished the homestand 3-for-25 (.120) with one extra base hit.
* Ryan Theriot went 4-for-18 (.222) on the homestand with a double. He now has as many extra base hits (eight) as times he’s grounded into double plays.
* The Cubs now are 1-10 in their last 11 series, and have not won consecutive games since June 16-17 when they took two against Oakland. They have not won two in a row against a National League team since May 16-19. It’s the last week before the All-Star break.
“What do we need? We need to hit, we need to pitch,” Lou Piniella said after Sunday’s game. “For the first seven innings of these games, they’re close and then they open up and sped by us. We need to score some runs.”
The Cubs haven’t quit.
“There’s no give up on this team,” Marlon Byrd said. “We’re just not winning. Once we figure out how to do that we’ll be fine.”
— Carrie Muskat