Welington Castillo only had one hit in the game, but boy was it ever big. Castillo smacked the game winning double down the left field that scored Scott Hairston with two outs in the top of the tenth that eventually led to the Cubs’ 5-4 victory that snapped their six game slide.
The Cubs looked to be dead in the tenth after Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano both recorded outs in their at bats. The pitchers spot, which was scheduled to be Kyuji Fujikawa, was next. Dale Sveum decided to pinch hit Scott Hairston. Hairston then drew a walk that brought up Castillo and enabled him to drive Hairston in.
All of the damage the Cubs did was done in the seventh inning or after. They pushed across one in the seventh, three in the eighth and then the one in the tenth. It all started when Luis Valbuena drove in Alfonso Soriano in the seventh with a single into center field. That run finally broke Johnny Cueto’s shutout.
After that RBI single, Cueto finished the seventh and was pulled in favor of Logan Ondrusek. Ondrusek gave up three runs in his very short lived two thirds of an inning, although I can’t imagine it felt that way to him. Rizzo doubled to the right field corner and that plated Starlin Castro and then Soriano came up and belted a two run home run to center field that tied the game at four.
For the Reds, all of their damage was done in the fourth inning when Matt Garza got a little wild and started to struggle. Jay Bruce hit a solo home run to right field that got it started and then Ryan Hanigan and Zack Cozart drove in the other three runs for the Reds. Hanigan had one and Cozart had two.
Matt Garza struggled a little bit in his second start off the DL. He looked good in the first three innings, but then something went wrong in the fourth, which happened to be his last inning. That left it up to the bullpen, which didn’t give Garza much help in his first start, but today was a much different story. The bullpen combined for six innings and only gave up one hit, which came in the fifth off of Rafael Dolis.
This win snapped a six game losing streak for the Cubs. They stole one from the Reds and hopefully they can run with this victory a little.
The Cubs will now get set to take on the Chicago White Sox in the famous Crosstown Classic. The first two games of the series, which will be tomorrow and the day after, will be played at U.S. Cellular Field. The final two games will be played at Wrigley Field which will be on May 29th and May 30th.
First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:10 CT. The probable starters are, Jose Quintana (3-1) for the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija (2-6) for the Cubs.
Topics: Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Dale Sveum, Jay Bruce, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Jose Quintana, Kyuji Fujikawa, Logan Ondrusek, Luis Valbuena, Matt Garza, Rafael Dolis, Ryan Hanigan, Scott Hairston, Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo, Zack Cozart