5/25 Reds 5, Cubs 2

The Cubs ended two streaks on Saturday but, unfortunately, kept another going as they lost their sixth in a row. Todd Frazier drove in two runs, including a game-tying RBI single in a four-run sixth, and Brandon Phillips scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze to spark the Reds to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs, who set a season high in consecutive losses. Chicago is now a season-low 12 games under .500.

Travis Wood took the loss, and his streak of quality starts ended at nine. He was vying to become the first Cubs pitcher to open the season with 10 straight quality starts since Mordecai Brown did so in 11 consecutive games at the beginning of the 1908 season. Wood was pulled after giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, and throwing a season-high 115 pitches. He’s also winless in four starts against his former team, including two games this season. He was traded to the Cubs in December 2011 in a four-player deal that sent reliever Sean Marshall to Cincinnati.

The good news for the Cubs is Anthony Rizzo’s hitless streak is over. Rizzo, who was in an 0-for-23 funk, nearly did not play Saturday. Cubs manager Dale Sveum admitted he was thinking about giving the first baseman a day off. Rizzo went 3-for-3 and drew a walk.

In the third inning, Rizzo ended his skid with a two-out, RBI double off Homer Bailey, driving in David DeJesus, who had walked. Alfonso Soriano followed with a RBI single to go ahead, 2-0. But that was all the offense for the Cubs, who have scored 12 runs in their last five games and were batting .220 on the road. Frazier hit a sacrifice fly in the Reds’ fourth to make it 2-1.

Cincinnati then took the lead in the sixth. Joey Votto led off with a walk and Brandon Phillips singled. One out later, Frazier hit a RBI single to tie the game. Phillips then scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze by Derrick Robinson, and Ryan Hanigan followed with a RBI double. Pinch-hitter Cesar Izturis added a RBI single to chase Wood.

— Carrie Muskat


Is there any reason to follow this team any more? Each day gets more pathetic.

Patrick makes a good point. This is hard to watch.

We watch because hope springs eternal. Every day I think I can’t watch anymore and then I get a feeling of “well maybe we’ll win tomorrow”. I love our Cubs even though at this point they are making me NUTS.

115 pitches in just 5 and two thirds innings? That is a boatload in so few innings. 115 is close to an average for a nine inning outing, I`m thinking or is it high for even nine innings? Cincy has certainly owned us for a long spell.

Cubs fan for 35 years getting tired of continuous false hope, Triple A team is as bad as the major league team so where is the future players management keeps talking about?

Double A level is often more compelling than AAA, Harold. Retreads and has-beens are often found sprinkled on Triple A rosters, whereas mostly true prospects populate the AA variety.

I hope so because from what I have seen on the mlb and triple a level this organization is going backwards.

No difference between our AAA club and our major league club….

Roger Angell wrote “Brilliance in the front office in baseball is as rare as the triple play.” The ballclub is on pace for another 100 loss season. Is that progress?? I think the Ricketts are attempting to make money while they stall the building of a competitive club.

Agreed, however I hope (and believe) the money these BUSINESS owners will eventually make from their BUSINESS of owning a baseball team will be used to grow THAT BUSINESS and bring us fans and the owners (who are also fans) a winning organization. This is somewhat new territory for us fans, having this type of owner that sees more than just a team on the field. In time, it will all come together. Some of us fans have time, some of us don’t. Bittersweet to say the least.

I love that quote, Harold. Hiring Theo Epstein was regarded by most as an intelligent if not brilliant decision by ownership, due to the man`s track record. It will be interesting to see what our record is at end of season. If we lose more games than last season, it will, and should be regarded as regression, and that will present an obvious conundrum to both the Ricketts and Mr. Epstein.

jhosk, to more fair wouldn’t it be interesting to see what our record is at end of TENURE? How many WS appearances under his watch in Boston by the time he left? How many in Chicago….by the time he LEAVES….??? Not just a season in which no serious thought of winning anything let a lone a promise of winning wast stated. We must allow more than this season at least don’t you think? No conundrum, no bongodrum, no steeldrum….just the drum beat of us fans demanding some accountablilty in the time frame alluded, 5 years??? Anybody think Sveum will NOT be the manager when the Cubs make the playoffs???

Your point is well taken, joey and I was not overlooking the five year plan nor the notion that it was unrealistic to expect our team to come even close to contending this season. But is it too much to expect our club to demonstrate at least modest improvement in each successive season of that five year plan? I do not see fans tolerating anything less.

I must give credit to Darrell for quoting Roger Angell. My bad, Darrell.

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