May 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Lose Their Fifth Straight

The Chicago Cubs lost their fifth straight game when they lost to the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Friday night in Cincinnati.  Bronson Arroyo was solid for the Reds for the most part.  He threw six innings, gave up six hits and three earned runs, all of which came in the second inning.

Scott Feldman struggled for the Cubs on the mound.  He gave up five earned through five and a third innings.  Most of Feldman’s success came at the plate.  He pounded a 385 ft two run home run in the second inning.  This is Feldman’s second straight start in which he has driven in a run.  Hector Rondon struggled down the stretch for the Cubs, he pitched two innings and gave up two earned runs.  Rondon has struggled throughout the whole entire year as he is sporting a 6.50 ERA.

The Reds breakout came in the bottom of the fourth, they were able to plate five runs in the inning.  Joey Votto got it all started when he hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year.  Ryan Hanigan delivered the big blow in the inning when he hit a three run home run that plated himself, Todd Frazier, and Xavier Paul.  Hanigan’s home run came with two outs in the inning.

Anthony Rizzo is still slumping.  He again went 0 for, 0 for 5 to be exact, and that puts him at 0 for his last 18.  Rizzo does not have a hit during the Cubs current five game losing streak.  Rizzo is a key player in the Cubs success and the five game slide definitely has something to do with his struggles.

Luis Valbuena had two hits for the Cubs in his three at bats.  Valbuena, who doesn’t get a lot of chances to play, definitely made the most of his opportunity on Friday night.  Third base has been a giant question mark for the Cubs all year, so to get some production from Valbuena is a good thing for Dale Sveum.

Aroldis Chapman captured his eleventh save of the year.  All three outs that were made were strikeouts.

The Cubs will continue their stint in Cincinnati tomorrow when they try to take game two and stop their current five game slide.  Homer Bailey (2-3) will be on the mound for the Reds and opposing him will be, Travis Wood (4-2).  Game time is set for 3:10 CT.


Tags: Anthony Rizzo Aroldis Chapman Bronson Arroyo Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Dale Svuem Hector Rondon Homer Bailey Joey Votto Luis Valbuena Ryan Hanigan Scott Feldman Todd Frazier Travis Wood Xavier Paul

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