Saturday, September 15, 2012

8/10/12 Cincinnati Reds 10, Chicago Cubs 8

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Game 2 of 4

Only 5 days ago, Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson were called up to join the Cubs while they were on the road in Los Angeles.  
Brett Jackson made his first start at Wrigley yesterday, going 0-for-3 with one strikeout in the Cubs' 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  Today, Vitters makes his first start at Wrigley, at third base.

Vitters goes 1-for-5, crossing the plate once on Welington Castillo's 6th inning double.  Jackson strikes out twice, yet draws a walk in the 8th inning, scores on Castillo's 2nd consecutive double, and the Cubs hang in there to compete with the Reds...but it was the Reds' 6th inning that knocked starter Justin Germano out of the game, where the Cubs committed 2 errors in a single at bat (one of them Jackson's), that pretty much sealed the deal.  This couldn't erase Cincinnati's 3-run 3rd inning with 3 Cubs errors (by Rizzo, Vitters, and Castro) but the Cubs were surging onward late in the game.

Starlin Castro's TOOTBLAN in the 6th inning meant that Castillo's double didn't score him as well.  It wasn't really Castro's fault; Dave McKay waved him to 3rd on Vitter's bloop single, and Castro seemed to have trouble picking up the signal (what Listach was doing during this, I have no idea).  Castro was fooled on an "infield decoy" play, and was thrown out in a 9-4-5 relay.

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