After losing 4 of their last 5 before going into Chicago on Monday things were not looking that great for the Reds. A trip to
Chicago though is exactly what the club needed. Wednesday marked their third win in a row and their 12th win in a row at Wrigley. The team looks for a 4 game sweep tomorrow.
Wednesday afternoon was the first day game for the Reds on this trip to Chicago. Wednesday also marked some lineup changes for the Reds, changes that left many fans scratching their heads.
Dusty Baker decided to move Shin Soo Choo from the lead off spot to second in the lineup. Dusty then replaced Choo with rookie Derrick Robinson. A move that left many scratching their heads considering Choo has been hitting well from the leadoff spot.
Wednesday’s game though was a game decided on a few key hits, combined with good defense and excellent pitching the game fell in the Reds favor.
Mike Leake took the mound for the Reds, Leake has been pitching lights out since the speculation Cingrani would replace him on the staff. Leake has the second best ERA over the last month. Leake faced former Red Travis Wood who took the mound for the Cubs.
Chicago got up on the Reds early with a home run from Nate Schierholtz. From there it was a little uneventful until the 6th when Brandon Phillips knocked a single into center driving Choo home and recording his 53rd RBI of the season. In the 7th Todd Frazier went yard for the eighth time this season to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Mike Leake was on point today, going 8 innings only giving up 3 hits while striking out 6. Aroldis Chapman recorded the save in another impressive outing striking out two and only throwing 8 pitches in the ninth.
The lineup changes made by Dusty have confused Reds fans all afternoon. I don’t understand it, no one does. The day after you score 12 runs isn’t the time to make changes. But the Reds won so alls well that ends well.
Cincinnati got its 40th win of the season, the quickest to 40 wins since the 1995 season. Not bad.
Mat Latos is on the mound tomorrow for the Reds. The Cubs are sending Jeff Samardzija to mound.