For the second straight night the Cincinnati Reds pretty much had their way with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Yesterday it was Brandon Phillips that led the Reds to victory and today it was Zack Cozart and Xavier Paul who had big days for the Reds. The pair led the Reds to a 12-2 victory over the Cubs.
Cozart and Paul had a combined four hits in nine trips and drove in seven of the twelve Red runs on the night. While the two may have done a lot of damage, it came in the late innings. Both players had three run home runs, but they came in the sixth inning or after when the Reds had already had the game in hand.
The Reds hit a combined four home runs on the night, Todd Frazier and Joey Votto got the run scoring started. Frazier hit a solo home run in the second innings and then Votto followed that up with a two run blast of his own in the third inning. The Reds would get nine more runs after that, but seeing as the Cubs only managed two, the next nine didn’t really matter.
For the Cubs, it was once again a struggle on both sides. The batters managed just five hits, two of which came from Ryan Sweeney, and then just the two runs. Cody Ransom had the only extra base hit for the Cubs, which was a home run in the sixth off of Red starter Tony Cingrani who had a solid start, he managed seven innings, gave up four hits, and two earned runs. He also got his third win of the season.
Cub starter Matt Garza had by far his worst start of the year. Garza got through five innings, he gave up nine hits, and nine earned runs on the night. Garza, who normally strikes a lot of batters, only struck out three. He also gave up three home runs. Garza pushed his record to 1-1 on the year. Zach Putnam, who came in in relief after Hector Rondon, didn’t record an out, but gave up three hits and three earned runs.
The series will continue tomorrow with a day game. The probable starters are, Mike Leake (5-3) for the Reds, and Travis Wood (5-4) for the Cubs. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CT.