Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
I had to pinch myself after the 9/12 loss to Cincinnati – as I told a friend of mine “the Louisville BATS beat the Chicago CUBS last night!”
That’s really what happened, too. A majority of the starting offensive lineup were in the starting lineup for the Bats at the beginning season. Not so for the Cubs, but the ‘underclassmen’ did have a formidable showing today. 2 of the starting lineup began the season as Iowa Cubs; offensive and defensive substitutions later in the game accounted for 2 more, plus one relief pitcher.
As for the Reds, 5 of the first 9 (including pitcher Homer Bailey) wore black n purple in May. Substitutions Adam Rosales and Corky Miller added 2 more.
I’m not 100% sure of it, but this was the loss that mathematically took the Reds out of the division race and any chance of postseason…for the second straight year under Dusty Baker. At the same time, the Bats are preparing for IL postseason in AAA ball for the second straight year under longtime Bats manager Rick Sweet. Doing the math, I would say that a management flip-flop might turn that record around – I’m not a Reds fan, but from the outside looking in, it’s either Dusty being Dusty or something’s not working out.
REDS 2 10 1
CUBS 5 11 0
Funny how I see to miss out on scoring Ted Lilly’s games, but this time I was at the right place at the right time. 6 shutout innings, 7K, 2BB…nice job. He is the man. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez both enjoyed a solid outing; and the underclassmen did their part in laying down the law. Andres Blanco (3-4, 2RBI), Micah Hoffpauir (1-3, BB), and Bobby Scales (FC, RBI) make you smile and say ‘Go CUBS!’ With the great job the Minor League affiliates have done this year, you gotta believe…the good times will continue to roll.
For the Reds, it seems odd to see Drew Stubbs (2-5, 2RBI) in Red n grey – kinda like Jay Bruce last year. Good ol’ Corky Miller (a former White Sock) came in during the 6th but did little damage.