8/7 Looking on the bright side
There were plenty of positives in Sunday’s game, despite the final outcome. How about Tony Campana’s slide into second base in the seventh inning to break up a potential double play? Or Starlin Castro extending his hitting streak to eight games with his home run, a shot to straightaway center in the third? Or the fact that Marlon Byrd came through with runners on after a tough day Saturday when he stranded seven?
The Cubs’ win streak was snapped at seven after an 8-7 loss to the Reds but they aren’t done fighting.
“When you’re facing Cincinnati or the Pirates or the Cardinals, we want to win,” Byrd said. “We owe it to this division to keep playing hard. We’ll keep battling. I don’t know what our record will be at the end of the season. Whether we get to .500 or not doesn’t matter. Playing good baseball is what we should be trying to do.”
The Cubs did take two out of three against the Reds, and now have won back to back series for the first time since Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010, when they won consecutive series against the Padres and Astros.
— Carrie Muskat