CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Stubbs had an idea of what might happen
Sunday when he watched the ball carry over the fence at Wrigley
Field during batting practice.
When the game started, Stubbs belted three of the Cincinnati
Reds' season-high seven home runs to lead a 14-3 romp over the
"You could tell in BP it was going to be a good day for
hitters," Stubbs said. "The wind blowing out the way it was, all
you're looking to do is get pitches up and try to be on the ball.
Not only myself, but a number of other guys were able to do that
The hot-hitting Reds took advantage of a 20-mph gusts to hit
four of the homers during an eight-run seventh inning, all coming
after Cubs starter Ted Lilly retired the first two batters.
Brandon Phillips began the barrage with a solo shot to left, and
Jonny Gomes chased Lilly (3-7) with a two-run homer. Jeff Stevens
came on in relief and surrendered a solo home run to Corky Miller,
and after back-to-back walks, Stubbs went deep for the second time
in the game.
Stubbs also hit a solo home run in the third inning and another
solo shot in the ninth, the first multihomer game for him. He has
11 home runs on the season.
"They were having fun, for sure," Lilly said. "I think we did
our part to help them from a pitching standpoint. On the same token
you have to give them credit, they didn't miss too many pitches
left over the plate."
Mike Leake (6-1) picked up the victory for Cincinnati, allowing
three runs in six innings to win for the first time since June 5
against Washington. Three relievers combined to pitch three perfect
innings and finish it off.
"He only made one mistake and that was to Tyler Colvin, who's
swinging the bat great," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "After
that he settled down and our offense did the rest. We needed that
offense because you never feel comfortable in this ballpark with
the wind blowing out."
Colvin drove in all three runs for Chicago, on a two-run homer
in the second inning and a home run to center in the sixth.
The seventh inning for the Cubs was nearly as horrific as a
nine-run seventh inning on Friday. In both games, the Reds sent 13
batters to the plate, but they only needed three hits to get all
that offense Friday afternoon.
"It got ugly towards the end again. It reminds us of the Friday
game," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You would think we could
get a few balls up in the air and let them ride out of here but the
only guy that did was Colvin."
The Reds played most of the game without Joey Votto, who was
ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike.
"Middle of the year, you're going to get frustrated," Votto
said. "I couldn't keep my temper in check and I deserved to get
thrown out of that game.
"On the flip side, my replacement did pretty good."
Paul Janish went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, including a two-run
homer in the sixth inning.
"He had about one minute to get loose after Joey got ejected,"
The Reds have had some impressive power surges against the Cubs
in the past.
The four home runs in the seventh were the most allowed by
Chicago in an inning since May 7, 2008, at Cincinnati. And the
seven home runs in the game were the most by the Cubs' pitching
staff since the Reds belted seven of them on July 10, 2008.
Lilly didn't feel comfortable with any of his pitches.
"Everything," he said. "It was hanging sliders, change-ups
that were left up. Too many balls that were center cut."
Stevens allowed four runs on three hits and walked three without
recording an out.
"Some of the kids just can't end innings," said Piniella.
Notes: The Reds took three of four games from the Cubs to win
their fourth consecutive series. ... Lilly allowed four home runs,
Stevens allowed two and Andrew Cashner allowed the other home run
by Cincinnati. ... Byrd was the lone Cubs player to make the
All-Star team. Phillips, Scott Rolen and Arthur Rhodes made it for
Cincinnati, while Votto is one of five players in Internet voting
for the final NL roster spot.
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