Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. So it was true for the Cincinnati Reds Saturday as they saw, what has become known as, “the streak” come to an end in the windy city, against the Chicago Cubs.
After two games in which the Reds’ bats were alive and well, they were suddenly taken from us. The Cincinnati Reds were only able to push across 1 run as the slumping Cubs were the ones pounding out the hits this time. The Cubs outhit the Reds 14 to 6 and trounced the Red Legs 6 to 1 in the second game of their three game series.
Mike Leake, the number 5 pitcher in the rotation, took the loss for the Cincinnati Reds. He now has a record of 0-1 and an ERA of 5.84. He was very ineffective in his second start of the 2012 season. This was, however, his first loss to the Cubs in his career, 4-1.
At the plate the Reds were led by Zack Cozart as he continued to hit in the leadoff spot going 2 for 5 and scoring the lone run in the first inning. Brandon Phillips picked up the RBI. After that, it was all Cubs. They tied it up in the bottom of the first, 4 in the second and 1 more in the seventh just for good measure. The Reds never really threatened after the first inning.
Now that “the streak” has come to an end (you know it couldn’t have lasted forever), the Cincinnati Reds will look to see if they can start a new one Sunday, April 22, against these same Cubs in the rubber match of the series. Johnny Cueto, the Reds’ ace, will take the mound in the afternoon game, hoping to improve his record to 2 and 0 and help the Reds win their first series of the young season.
In the immortal words of Crash Davis, “You’ve gotta respect the streak.” I guess the Reds forgot to do just that.