Reds 12, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 2, 2010

Hero: WGN-TV production chief Bob Vorwald should be proud of Friday's Cubs telecast which included stunning overhead shots of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area on a gorgeous, sunny day. It looked absolutely fabulous in HD. The Cubs' disgraceful effort did not do the telecast justice.

Goat: Brian Schlitter, after promising efforts in his first two major league outings, made a bad situation worse Friday. The right-hander walked three, allowed two hits, and surrendered five runs - all earned - during Cincinnati's nine-run seventh.

Key Play: Brandon Phillips homered on the first pitch of the third inning off Ryan Dempster (6-7) to provide Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (8-4) and two relievers with all the offense they would need. The Cubs produced just two hits - singles by Marlon Byrd and Mike Fontenot.

Comments: Did anyone enjoy Friday's game more than Reds manager Dusty Baker, whose first-place team now leads the Cubs by 11.5 games?

"It was a great game for six innings," Lou Piniella said.

Unfortunately, the length of a game has been required to be nine innings since 1857.

As Piniella trudged to the mound to change pitchers in the seventh, my father remarked, "Lou's lost the fire in the belly."

Dad hit the nail on the head.

Next: Is it October yet?

The Cubs (34-46), who appear to already be playing out the string, send Randy Wells (3-6, 4.96 ERA) against Cincinnati (46-35) right-hander Johnny Cueto (8-2, 3.74) on Saturday (CSN, 12:05 p.m.).

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