Well, the Reds managed to do something today that no major league team has ever accomplished. Dating back to 2012, the Reds have won an incredible 12 consecutive games at Wrigley Field. The previous record for consecutive wins at Wrigley was set by the 1943-1944 Saint Louis Cardinals at 10 games, and the 1950-1951 New York Giants and 1982-1983 Montreal Expos matched. At least against the Cincinnati Reds this season, the friendly confines of Wrigley Field have not been too friendly. With the Cubs fielding a lot of bad teams during that period, that’s quite an accomplishment to break the record.
How did this game shake out? Well, Travis Wood did his part, firing 7 solid innings while only allowing 2 runs. The Cubs offense fell asleep yet again against Mike Leake, who went 8 innings and only gave up 1 run on 3 hits, including a solo shot from Nate Schierholtz. No other Cubs baserunner reached past second base. Leake even added a nice 6 strikeouts (while not striking out a batter through 4 2/3) including fanning 4 straight hitters at one point.
Offensively, the Reds didn’t do too much either. Brandon Phillips drove in his 53rd run of the year on a soft liner to center and Todd Frazier mashed his second homer in as many days, but that was it. Frazier, before this series, had not homered since April 24th (also against Chicago.)
Dale Sveum and the rest of the Cubs’ staff have to be wondering how they’re going to beat these guys.