The Reds four game win streak was snapped with a 6-3 loss to the Cubs in the first game of a four game series in Chicago. Michael Lorenzen struggled, allowing 6 runs and 3 walks in 4.1 innings. Lorenzen allowed a three run homer to Cubs catcher Miguel Montero in the first inning, and a solo home run to Dexter Fowler in the second inning.


The Reds offense was able to get to Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada early. The Reds scored 3 runs on Wada early, and chased him after just three innings. The Reds offense was however dominated by the Cubs bullpen. The Reds were held scoreless for 6 innings by the Cubs bullpen, and only got 2 hits and 0 walks.

The Reds bullpen was good tonight. Badenhop, Adcock, and Cingrani combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings.

In his Reds debut, Eugenio Suarez went 1 for 3 with a walk. Chris Dominguez also hit a solo home run in his return to the Reds.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (27-32) 3 6 1
Chicago Cubs (32-26) 6 8 0
W: Wood (3-2) L: Lorenzen (1-2) S: Rondon (11)
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Up Next:

Reds at Cubs
4:05, Friday
Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.64 ERA) vs Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.76 ERA)


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31 Responses

  1. pinson343

    Thanks for the recap, Nick. Not much fun to do tonight.

  2. pinson343

    Joe Maddon takes his starter out after 3+, without worrying about hurting his feelings. Rain was coming and that may have been a factor.

    • Matt WI

      I really noticed that too. No fooling around, didn’t feel he had good stuff, and yanked him right out before things could get out of hand. And Wood tends to pitch well against the Reds. Great job by Maddon there.

  3. pinson343

    Lorenzon put a charge into that triple. With his bat, speed, and throwing arm, he has the tools to be an outstanding RFer. As a pitcher, I don’t know, his command will presumably improve, but not much movement on that fastball.

    • ohiojimw

      During the AB following the triple when Wood was trying without success to quickly put Lorensen away after jumping out to 0-2 (Lorensen fouled 3 pitches before flying out to left), the thought occurred to me that Lorensen had the makings of a real hitter.

      Let’s hope the Reds are not wasting a guy who could have a long productive MLB career as a position player as a make do short term fill in on the mound.

      For the record, Lorenzen was an All American CF with Cal State Fullerton which is a legitimate top level D1 NCAA program. He was a 7th round pick out of HS who went to CSF instead of signing; and, the likelihood is that he only lasted till the 7th round in part because it was known he was leaning toward going to college.

  4. Kurt Frost

    That dreadful go Cubs go song gives me explosive diarrhea.

    • Daytonian

      Sorry to disagree. That’s a classic by Steve Goodman. a great American songwriter and Chicagoan who died to early. Cubs fans may be disgusting. But anything that Steve penned is great!

      If you don’t love that one, then maybe “The Ballad of the Dying Chicago Cub Fan” will me more to your liking. (“Let Keith Morland drop a lazy fly to Left field”).

      • jessecuster44

        “Go Cubs Go” is the worst song ever.

        “Hey Chicago what do you say, the Cubs are going to win today!” ???? They only play the song after they win. Vomit.

  5. Vicferrari

    With all the issues going on it is a shame the season could get derailed completely because of the Cubs. 1-5 against them so far. Did they not bring the scouting report on the bullpen?

    • jdx19

      Seems like they haven’t been able to figure out Travis Wood for years.

      • WVRedlegs

        With the Reds rotation pretty much in flux for 2016, Travis Wood might be a good free agent pickup this winter. An experienced arm, and a LH one at that, might be helpful.
        Wood’s problems this year are his HR’s allowed are way up and his GB% is down. Don’t know what is up with that.
        Be it in the rotation or the bullpen, I wouldn’t mind seeing Travis Wood back in a Reds uniform next year.

      • Andrewpky

        Wood is a below average pitcher when he pitches against anyone else than the reds. It would be like re-signing Marquis.

      • Redsfan48

        I always thought Travis Wood was a good pitcher when he was with the Reds. Honestly, I thought he was better than Leake. I don’t know what happened to him but when he got traded everything just went downhill for him.

      • Matt WI

        Redsfan… except for when he made the All-Star team as a Cub. He’s had some good runs, and I’d take him over Marquis for sure, but he’s a back-end guy for sure.

  6. Playtowin

    To get to a .500 record by the all-star break the Reds need to go 18-13 in the games from June 10 to July 12. So far they are 1-1. Is there a better chance they go 13-18? If you had to bet which record would you pick?

    • jdx19

      I think 13-18 is more likely than 18-13, but I don’t think they’ll go 13-18. Maybe 15-16?

      • preacherj

        “13-18 is entirely doable, if everyone plays to their ability.”

        That, sir, is the saddest commentary of the season.

    • IndyRedMan

      They’re not getting anywhere near .500 with only 3 starters out of the original 8? They need to get BP back and stick DeJesus in LF. I hope that one HR didn’t buy Dominguez 30 more Ks. The only guy he should replace is BB.

      Whats up with the Toddfathers’s splits?

      .366 at home 1.232 OPS
      .211 on the road .669 OPS…..that’s ridiculous?

      • Redsfan48

        I heard on the broadcast that Hamilton will be back today, and Phillips likely tomorrow.

    • Matt WI

      I’m afraid I’d have to pick 13-18.

  7. WVRedlegs

    What’s up with a 4:05PM starting time on a Friday? Is that Eastern time or Central time?
    Cueto vs. Hammel. Runs will be at a premium today. Gotta score early, give Cueto an early lead and watch him work his magic this evening.

    • Andrewpky

      Cubs are only allowed 35 night games a year. They don’t schedule them on Friday because of traffic congestion in Wrigleyville. The bars around there actually LOSE business when there’s a game.

  8. Andrewpky

    Shame to lose this one. Lorenzen looked like he only had his fastball last night and the Cubs knew it. That, and he was working with a TINY strike zone.

    • Redsfan48

      Outside of Angel Hernandez, who’s in a category of his own, that was the worst umpiring I’ve seen all season.

      • IndyRedMan

        Its bad….that’s why offense is down so much across baseball. They call anything in the vicinity a strike to everyone but the Votto’s of the league. If the catcher can frame it then they will call it. It happens with our guys too….I remember Cueto about 3 starts back kept questioning the ump and shaking his head and the balls were all clearly out of the strike zone by 2-3-4 inches atleast

  9. Jeremy Conley

    Lorenzen has great stuff, and he’s got a great attitude, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be a good starter at some point.

    Right now he just lacks some command, and he needs work on his slider and change up.

    • Redsfan48

      If he can command his pitches he could be very good. I think he has a ceiling of a #1. I think he’s most likely going to end up as a #2 or #3 starter though.