The Cubs recovered from another blown save from the bullpen to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 at the Great American ballpark Tuesday night. Darwin Barney's first home run away from Wrigley field in the tenth inning put the Cubs ahead for good and Julio Borbon would run around the bases on a Reds Miscue to add the insurance run. Kevin Gregg would save it for Carlos Marmol and everyone would check their calendars to make sure it wasn't 2009. Alfonso Soriano would also turn back the clock, getting on base with a single and then stealing second AND third before scoring on Scot Hairston's sac fly. Cody Ransom would introduce himself to Cub fans by homering the first pitch he saw. And Carlos Villanueva was on auto pilot, getting into the ninth with only a Chris Heisey HR mark against him. But After Shin Soo Choo walked and was sacrificed over to second, Dale played the stats and brought in Carlos Marmol. Votto had previously been 1-for-15 with 9K's against Marmol. Well, he's now 2 for 16 because he shot one just past Darwin Barney for the tying run. Marmol would eventually get through the 9th and set it up for Barney's heroics. To the Bat cave....
JUST LIKE THE OCEAN UNDER THE MOON.
Can't say enough good things about Carlos Villanueva. OUT. STANDING. 8 1/3rd innings giving up the two runs on only three hits. The Cub pitchers have so little leeway with their anemic offense and putrid bullpen. But the Mustache was magnifique. Pitching 101 keeping the ball down and changing speeds. The Reds appeared to hammer the ball into the ground to Cody Ransom at third every inning. Let's talk about the decision to bring in Marmol. Dale's decision's were a) a tiring Villanueva who got hit hard in the 8th, just walked Choo and was on his fourth trip through the order. B) Marmol off a two inning performance yesterday. 3) Russell who was off a 1.1 inning performance yesterday and hasn't been nearly as effective against Votto as Marmol has. D) Gregg, Loe and the rest of Gasoline Alley. Dale went to the stats. While you want to kill him because it was yet another blown save, I just don't see how you can.
ANOTHER RANSOM KID THAT RUNS WELL ON THE TURF.
Quite the debut from Cody Ransom. Homering off the first pitch he sees and making several plays in the field. Quick reactions and a strong arm. It's just one game but it came as a welcome sight after seeing the drunken clown show that has been at the hot corner before. And how about Soriano stealing two bases and Julio Borbon stealing third in the tenth. I suppose when you're offense is this feeble. Which brings us to.
The city of Cincinnati is going to run out of pizza by the end of the week. Apparently everyone gets a free pizza when the Reds strikeout 11 or more batters. Something they've done with absolute ease against the Cubs. Beef sported the Golden Sombrero tonight, striking out four times. Anthony Rizzo gave him some company, striking out twice. Each batter stranded 3 base runners. Please stop this. On the plus side, Starlin Castro drew his third walk. Baby learns to crawl...
Phew. Nice writing about a win. Theo Epstein is suppose to be on the Score tomorrow with Speigs and Mac. Wil be interesting to hear his take on this club he put together. If this Cub team had a bullpen they'd be dominating the Reds with their ace going for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. In fact, if this team had a "normal" bullpen this team might be around .500 and we'd all be singing a different tune. (the offense would still be a problem). Look forward to the interview, and I look forward to tomorrow. If the Cubs can come out of this ridiculous and weird week with a series win over the best team on the road, it will be a nice step in the right direction. So here's hoping they do it.