Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds: Live Blog and In-Game Analysis
That, however, did not happen, as the Reds walked away with a 6-0 victory in Wednesday's afternoon matchup. Mike Leake gets the win for the Reds, as Cincinnati moves to 83-64 on the year. Jeff Samardzija takes the loss for Chicago, who fall to 62-83 and are most certainly out of the playoff hunt.
Follow the live blog from today's game below to recap all the action!
The Cubs will fall to 62-83 on the year, well out of the playoff hunt, while the Reds improve to 83-64.
And that's your ball game. The Reds shutout the Cubs 6-0, and stop Chicago from sweeping this three-game set at home. The win will go to Reds pitcher Mike Leake, with the loss going to Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
A 1-2-3 inning for Cubs pitcher Rosscup, who came in to relieve Cabrera, and we are headed into the top of the ninth inning with the Reds continuing to maintain their 6-0 lead. Pitcher Sam LeCure is in for Cincinnati now to try and preserve the shutout.
Cubs fans—how long does the Epstein and Sveum project continue before you all get restless?
Through 7, we are still looking at a 6-0 Cincinnati lead. At this point, with the way the Cubs are playing, it's going to take nothing short of a miracle for this game to get competitive again.
Another pitching change for Cubs manager Dale Sveum, after substituting Brooks Raley for Jeff Samardzija in the sixth. Alberto Cabrera is now on the mound for Chicago.
In my opinion, the best part of baseball. And this seventh inning stretch is bound to be, by far, the most emotional. God Bless America, everyone. Be proud of this country.
The score was 3-0, and I walked away for 30 seconds. Only to come back to a 6-0 Reds lead. Jack Hannahan homers right off of Samardzija, bringing in both Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco with himself and doubling Cincinnati's lead.
We're now talking about how the lights at Great American look like "big electric toothbrushes." This is painfully awful.
Mike Leake is done for the day, after throwing 60 strikes on 107 pitches. Leake ended the day with 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4BB, 6 SO, and a 3.35 ERA. J.J. Hoover will take the mound for the Reds.
We are five innings done in this game, and Cincinnati still holds a 3-0 lead in what has been a quite uneventful day. Nate Schierholtz is up next for the Cubs, with Brian Bogusevic on deck and Junior Lake in the hole.
Bring me a panel of Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth, because these two WGN guys are just that brutal. Goodness.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco absolutely crushes it into left-center, and Cincinnati now has a 3-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mesoraco knew that one was gone when it left his bat.
These WGN analysts are brutal. Currently having a whole discussion on the heat and whether fanning your face with an object helps the sweating at all. In-depth analysis, folks.
Chicago escapes the dangerous loaded bases situation, and we head into the top of the fourth inning with a 2-0 Reds lead.
Full count and two outs, Samardzija gives up another walk. The bases are now loaded for Cincinnati, with Xavier Paul walking up to the plate. This could be an ugly inning for Chicago.
A rather uneventful half inning, as we head into the bottom of the third with the score still 2-0 in favor of the Reds.
Samardzija really struggling this inning, giving up three hits and two runs so far. Cincinnati now leads 2-0 in the bottom of the second, with two outs.
Xavier Paul's ground out to first leads to a Jay Bruce score, Reds lead 1-0 with one out in the bottom of the second.
A clip of Springsteen's "Born to Run" just played after Jay Bruce's single, so I just gained a whole new respect for the Great American Ballpark's PA guy.
Pretty nice grouping for Leake, unfortunately results in a walk for Wellington Castillo. Darwin Barney just grounded right into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Still scoreless headed into the bottom of the second.
A 1-2-3 inning for Samardzija and the Cubs, as we are still scoreless now headed into the Top of the 2nd.
Never forget.— Reds (@Reds) September 11, 2013
Awesome to see the Cincinnati Fire Department in attendance for the game today. We owe so much to the Police and Fire Departments around our great country, this on the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
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