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Nuthin' like the Cubs to right the ship. Sweep!

Careful, fellas.
Careful, fellas.
Jonathan Daniel

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

A team effort toppled the Cubs, 7-4. The nod goes to Joey Votto, who went 3 for 5 with two doubles, scoring once and driving in a run. Plenty of honorable mentions, including Shin Soo Choo (a couple of hits), Todd Frazier (2 for 3, a walk, couple of ribbies), Brandon Phillips (1 for 3, run, and RBI), and Jay Bruce (a double, run, and RBI). And how about Donald Lutz, who knocked his first ML hit, swiped his first bag, drove in a run, and scored.

Key Plays

  • No scoring through the first three. The Reds got going in the fourth with singles by Votto and Phillips, then an RBI opposite-field double by Bruce. Frazier singled up the middle to plate Bruce. Choo manufactured a run in the fifth, with a single, stolen base (plus going to third on the throwing error), then coming around on Cozart's zac fly. Reds 4, Cubs 0.
  • The Cubs struck back in the bottom of the fifth with 3. Alfonso Soriano lofted a ball to shallow center which Choo misread and Phillips attempted to field. The ball deflected off Brandon's glove and got Choo in the mug to score two. A single then scored Soriano.
  • Lutz led off the seventh with a single. After a Cozart walk, Votto doubled in Lutz. Phillips followed with a sac fly to bring Cozart home. The Cubs got one back in the bottom half after DeJesus doubled and scored on a ground-out. Reds 6, Cubs 4.
  • Lutz got the job done again in the 8th, scoring Todd Frazier from third on a bases-loaded ground-out and closing out the scoring.
  • With Aroldis Chapman pitching the prior two days, Sean Marshall and J.J. Hoover threw a scoreless eighth and ninth to secure the win. Reds 7, Cubs 4.
  • <iframe src="http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=livewins&num=0&h=450&w=450&date=2013-05-05&team=Cubs&dh=0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width = "450" style="border:1px solid black;"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size:9pt;">Source: <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/livewins.aspx?date=2013-05-05&team=Cubs&dh=0&season=2013">FanGraphs</a></span>

Other Notes

  • Phillips left the game in the eighth. No official word on how he's doing following the collision with Choo.
  • Reds have won 9 straight at Wrigley, extending the club record. The prior record was 7 straight (2002-2003). They scored 16 runs in this series, one more than they scored in the previous 8 games.
  • The Reds finished the road trip at an even-Steven 5-5. In this series, they doubled their total road wins.
  • Not a great outing for Mat Latos, who gave up three runs in five innings. He didn't allow a HR and struck out six, but walked three and wasn't pitch-efficient.
  • Hoover got out of his own jam in the ninth, throwing a DP ball into CF. It was the first Reds' error by a pitcher this year.
  • Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto are tied for MLB lead in times on base, with 64 apiece.