To say that the Cincinnati Reds have enjoyed playing at Wrigley Field of late would be quite the understatement. They had won 12 consecutive games at the legendary home field of the Chicago Cubs going into Thursday’s game. It was a back and forth affair for a while but the Reds had the chance to win the game and could not hold the Cubbies back. It means more in the division race than it does to some historic win streak at the historic field though.
The Reds had just gained a game on the St. Louis Cardinals to bring themselves within 2.5 games of the best team in Major League Baseball. That made them the second best team record wise and it would have been a great chance to continue the Wrigley winning streak and stay 2.5 back of the Cards. But they gave up a run in the eighth to tie it and finally a run in the 14th inning for the walk-off loss to the Cubbies.
Now they find themselves 3.5 games back but will probably still stick around second place. The problem is that they really should take advantage of every possible winning opportunity since they are facing a team as successful as the Cardinals. All in all they are doing a good job and a lot of that is because of a good bullpen and strong closer. One positive in this contest is that the closer got a day of rest. While they really could have used a win in this game, not having to use him was a big plus for the next series and the ones thereafter.