After winning six of their last seven games against perennial playoff teams, the Cincinnati Reds were riding high going into a three game series against the NL Centrals worst team, the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, and Kevin Gregg combined to throw a seven-hit shutout as the Chicago Cubs downed the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 at Great American Ballpark Sunday evening.
Solo home runs by Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena off the Reds starter Bronson Arroyo were the only scoring throughout the night.
"I don't believe in letdowns. I believe in let ups," said Reds manager Dusty Baker after the loss. "That's what happens, you kind of let up. That was an exciting week. I just make sure to tell the guys they make sure they play at our level and not at whoever we're playing's level. … We have to stay after it."
Cincinnati was dismal with runners in scoring position. Aside from leaving nine runners on base, they were also 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
In the first and third, the Reds had two runners on and failed to produce. In three consecutive innings, the third, fourth, and fifth, Cincinnati had a runner on second with two outs and also failed to score him.
"They talk about getting runners on base and stuff like that, but you've got to score them," Baker said after the game. "Our guys were trying their hearts out. It just didn't happen."
Tony Cingrani will be on the mound tonight. He will face off against Edwin Jackson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 ET.
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