Streak: L L
CHC 2 – CIN 4
Cubs drop back-to-back games for the first time since April 24-25 against the Dodgers.
Won 13 of last 17.
We’ve grown accustom to the Cubs thumping the Reds.
Things have changed.
The Reds are more competitive than in years past, which isn’t saying much, but they’re not the cake walk they used to be.
Cubs went through a similar reality when the Pirates righted the ship about five years ago.
Gimmie games are gone in the NL Central.
The tough break from Wednesday’s 10-inning loss was having Luis Castillo in waiting for Thursday’s series finale.
Castillo’s under-the-radar for now, but that ends soon.
According to MLB stats, Castillo has a MLB-best 1.62 ERA since the beginning of September.
The pain he’s likely to cause the Cubs lineup is just beginning.
Castillo held the Cubs to 2 hits and 2 runs over 5.1 IP.
Willson’s 2-R “double” in the 1st off the third base bag was a fortunate break — and the last of the Cubs scoring.
Castillo sat down the next 14 batters and was only 76-pitches deep when the game was delayed 1:51 by rain.
Reliever Michael Lorenzen took over for Castillo and was greeted by singles from Descalso and Báez — and that was the last of the Cubs offense.
4 total hits matches a season-low for the Cubs.
Cubs lineup last 2 games: 2 BB, 24 K
Quintana was sharp until he suddenly wasn’t.
A 2-0 lead in the 5th evaporated in a tizzy.
A solo HR by Jose Peraza.
A single by the pitcher Castillo.
A wild pitch advancing runners 90-feet.
A mound visit.
Another wild pitch allowing Castillo to score.
Suarez RBI single.
A 3-R inning for the Reds and that’s all she wrote.
Bryant: (0-3, BB, 2 K)
Extends on-base streak to 25-straight games.
Báez: (2-4, 2B, K)
Extends hitting-streak to 14-games.
Longest streak since Rizzo went 14-games in ’17.
Rizzo sat for a fourth consecutive game with a tight back.
He’s expected back Friday at Washington.
Caratini: (0-3, 2 K)
First game back since breaking his hand on April 11.
Taylor Davis: returns to Iowa.
Awesome grand slam vs. St. Louis.
Easy to root for, but over-matched in the bigs.
On to the nation’s capital.
NEXT – Fri. vs. WSH, 6:05 p.m. CT
Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.08)
Max Scherzer (2-4, 3.64)