Monday, September 12, 2011

Reds Drop A Barnburner 12-8

Willis suffered his worst start as a Red on Monday
Backed by a huge night by Starlin Castro (3-4, HR, 2 2B's, 4 RS, 3 RBI, BB), the Cubs (65-82) won a slugfest over the host Reds (71-76) 12-8 on Monday.

Here's the good, the bad and some quick notes regarding last night's contest at Great American Ball Park:

The Good:
-Juan Francisco hit the second-longest homer in GABP history with a 504 ft. mammoth shot in the second inning. The ball comfortably cleared the RF seats and landed on a nearby street, reportedly breaking off a tree branch on the way down.
-Despite his team being well out of playoff contention, Brandon Phillips hasn't mailed it in yet. @DatDudeBP crushed two homers, walked, scored three times, drove in three runs and played his usual Gold Glove defense at second base.
-Devin Mesoraco had two hits including his first career big league homer. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Francisco all each had two hits as well.

The Bad:
-Dontrelle Willis dropped to 0-6 and remained winless through 13 starts after allowing eight runs (all earned) and nine hits in 3 1/3 IP. He did pick-up a hit at the plate and score a run before leaving the game.
-Dave Sappelt was 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts. He has just one hit in his last ten at-bats.
-Six Cubs players recorded multiple hits as the Reds were outhit 16-11.
-The first five batters of the Cubs' lineup combined for 12 hits, 10 RBI, and 9 runs scored.
-Carlos Fisher was kicked around for three runs on four hits (two homers) in his two innings of relief work.
-The Redlegs lost for the third straight time.

Notables:
-Cincinnati has not won a game played on Monday in 11 weeks. They're now 0-8 since a victory at Tampa Bay on Monday, June 27th.
-The Cubs are now 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Redlegs dating back to June 8th of this year.

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