Reds 6, Cubs 5 (11): Windy marathon
Drew Stubbs beats the throw to Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena. Stubbs had the winning RBI in the 11th.
Despite relatively cool temperatures last night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, a strong wind was blowing out at 20 mph. for the second game of the Reds’ series against the Cubs.
The wind factored into the game in the 11th inning, when David DeJesus misjudged a two-out fly by Brandon Phillips, turning it into a two-base error. Drew Stubbs followed with an RBI single off Alberto Cabrera to give the Reds a 6-5 victory.
Rookie left-hander Chris Rusin started for the Cubs, hoping to end the team's two-game losing streak. But he got off to a bad start, giving up an RBI double to Joey Votto in the first and three runs in the third to make it 4-0. Rusin allowed five runs and 10 hits and two walks over five innings.
The game went into extra innings, where the Cubs blew a prime opportunity in the 10th. They put runners on second and third with one out on an infield hit by Starlin Castro and a bloop single by Luis Valbuena, with both runners advancing on Stubbs' error. Reliever Logan Ondrusek struck out Welington Castillo before walking Brett Jackson to load the bases.
Steve Clevenger then grounded to first to end the inning.
Baker gets tests
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes yesterday more than two hours before a game against the Chicago Cubs to get chest X-rays to “rule out pneumonia,” a team spokesman said.
Bench coach Chris Speier took the lineup card to home plate, and TV cameras showed Speier in the dugout during the game; there was no sign of Baker.
Chapman is improving
Aroldis Chapman threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session.
“It went real well,” Chapman said through a translator. “The shoulder feels good.”
Chapman hasn’t pitched since Sept. 10 because of shoulder fatigue. He said the fatigue is gone.
He threw a standard bullpen session. It’s the first time he has thrown off the mound since being shut down. Chapman said he’s not ready to enter a game.
“You just don’t jump in there after a week off and have pinpoint command,” pitching coach Bryan Price said.
Playoff tickets available
The Reds have a limited number of tickets for potential National League divisional-series games at Great American Ball Park. They will go on sale only by phone at 9 a.m. Friday, at 513-381-7337. There is a four-ticket limit.