Reds 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hero: Lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny looked very much like the pitcher who won 14 games with Pittsburgh in 2007 but was victimized by a lack of support. The Marist High School grad allowed one unearned run and four hits while walking two and striking out seven.

Goats: There was plenty of blame to go around but relievers John Grabow and Esmailin Caridad again fared poorly. With the score knotted at 1 in the eighth, Grabow loaded the bases. Caridad entered and issued a tie-breaking walk to Ramon Hernandez.

"Terrible. Absolutely terrible," Ron Santo muttered.

Key Plays: The first three Cubs batters reached base against Cincinnati starter Mike Leake who was making his professional debut, but Aramis Ramirez was retired on an infield fly, Marlon Byrd struck out swinging, and Alfonso Soriano popped out weakly to right.

"It was an ominous way to begin the game," Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes said.

Comment: Haven't we seen this awful movie before? A pathetic offense managed just one run while stranding 12 baserunners. Cubs hitters were issued eight walks.

Next: The Cubs return to Wrigley Field at long last and host Milwaukee on Monday (1:20 p.m., WGN). Ryan Dempster (0-0) will try to continue the stellar work of the Cubs rotation. The Brewers will counter with slow-working, soft-tossing lefty Doug Davis (0-0). The 34-year-old Davis is 9-6 in 16 career starts against the Cubs. While with Arizona last year, Davis was 2-0 against the Cubs, allowing just two earned runs and eight hits over 15 innings. Davis was shaky last time out against Colorado on Wednesday, lasting just four innings and allowing four earned runs.

Tom Skilling's forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s near the lake, with southeast winds and the chance for a passing shower or sprinkle.

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