July 11, 2008

Reds 12, Cubs 7: How Often Does a Team Lose When Hitting 7 Homers?

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Cubs (55-37)120202000790
W: Arroyo (7-7) L: Lilly (9-6)


The Reds released their pent-up frustration at being mismanaged and being destroyed by the Cubs during the first two games of the series, exploding for 7 home runs and 12 runs.

It was a great offensive showing from Cincinnati, reminding me of years past when the offense was second to none. Back then, the team was limited by its pitching and front office more than anything. Now it’s limited by hitting and its front office. How things have changed.

The homer brigade members yesterday included Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Phillips, Ken Griffey Jr., David Ross (who hit 2), Adam Dunn, and Joey Votto.

As for the pitching, the wind was blowing out at Wrigley. Ted Lilly sucked for the Cubs, which seems to be the case more often than not this year. Lilly never made it out of the third. Bronson Arroyo wasn’t much better, but he lasted 5 innings and had all the homers, so he got the win.

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