It was Matt Garza‘s first start against the Reds since his incident with Johnny Cueto. Cueto’s manager Dusty Baker said the two should have an old-fashioned duel and settle their differences by duking it out, but the only thing getting hit Tuesday was the Cubs’ starter.
Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani had a stellar start for the Reds, going seven innings and allowing just four hits. Garza, on the other hand, had a terrible outing. He allowed nine runs in five innings on nine hits — three of which were home runs.
After getting a late start to the season, Garza has struggled to get back into form. He has allowed four or more runs in three of his last four starts. The most troubling sign is that he hasn’t been able to rack up strikeouts like he usually does. He is averaging just over four strikeouts per start and just over two strike outs per nine innings. While he didn’t have a spring training, it’s obvious that he has struggled to get his velocity back to its usual level.
The Reds were able to pull within 3.5 games of the St. Louis Cardinals with the win. The Reds have also moved two games over .500 (17-15) on the road with their two wins over the Cubs the past two days. They’re tied for the third highest win total in MLB with 39.