Enhanced Box Score: Reds 4, Cubs 2 – September 6, 2011

Rodrigo Lopez does what he does, which is pitch well for the first time or two through the order, and then give up some runs. It wasn’t too bad this time – mostly because Mike Quade pulled the plug on Lopez in the sixth.

The Reds may have shopped around for a better starter, but tonight, Mike Leake lifted his team on is back, and locked up the Cubs’ offense for most of the night.

The Cubs’ bats were handcuffed until the 9th inning when a two-out infield dribbler by Starlin Castro set the stage for a game-tying two-run bomb by none other than Bryan LaHair. That was all swell, but the Cubs lost the game in the 13th.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

15 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Reds 4, Cubs 2 – September 6, 2011”

  1. Jasper

    I don’t think this will ever get old. Well played Sir.

  2. MichiganGoat

    Hey this was Grawbow’s first loss, I guess no Cy Young for him.

  3. ry

    How ironic that our september callup from the minors was the one who came up with a clutch hit for us. Another great game by Tyrd!

    1. Fishin Phil

      What is the record for most men LOB in a season?  Maybe that is what Byrd is shooting for.



  4. Ron

    Q’s response to the EBS, that is why I have only hit and run like 5 times this year.

  5. 1060Ivy

    Season has been over for months and there’s not many rays of sunshine from the Cubs 2011 season but still I’m impressed by the turn around that Jeff Smardzija has completed this season.

    I wouldn’t have bet a dime at 1,000 to 1 that Smardzija would have a lower ERA and similar WHIP with more innings pitched than a relatively healthy Kerry Wood.

    Great for Spellcheck!

  6. TWC

    “Shopped around for a better starter”

    Tee-hee-hee. Love it.

    Anyone else get the feeling that during the 12th, Quade looked at his watch, yawned, and said, “fuck it, I’m tired. Let’s put Grabow in and all go home.”

  7. RY

    Well said TWC, I love it. The scary thing is there probably is some truth to it!

    1. TWC

      FWIW, I had the same feeling every time Piniella put in Bob Howry.

  8. Spencer

    I’m going to keep advocating for a suicide squeeze every time Campana gets on third base for the rest of the year.