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Cubs made five errors causing their defeat to the Reds 10-8



Chicago Cubs hats & merchandise The Chicago Cubs have not brought up their best defensive game Friday afternoon.

They committed a total of five errors which caused them two unearned runs, a difference in a 10-8 defeat by the Cincinnati Reds in front of an afternoon crowd of 36,891 in Wrigley Field.

Five individual players made the errors in the third and sixth innings. The woes for the Cubs continued as they lost nine of their last 10 games.

With one out in the third inning, Reds’ Brandon Phillips reached first on first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s fielding error. Ryan Ludwick followed by hitting a home run, his 20th of the year, off starter Justin Germano (1-2) to widen Reds’ lead by a score of 5-1.

In the same frame, Josh Vitters, making his debut in Chicago, and Starlin Castro also had errors on separate play allowing two runners get on base but Germano forced pitcher Homer Bailey to hit into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.

The Cubs failed to score multiple runs in the first inning with bases loaded and only got a run off Bailey (10-7). Lead-off David DeJesus and Darwin Barney hit consecutive singles and Rizzo walked before Alfonso Soriano hit into groundout which tallied DeJesus. Barney and Rizzo were stranded as Bailey retired the next two batters to end the frame.

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Following a night with a two-run homer, Soriano finished the day stronger with three RBI. He also hit a two-run double in the third scoring Barney and Rizzo.

The Cubs made two errors on the same play in the sixth causing the Reds to score three crucial runs subsequently. Drew Stubbs reached first on a two-out single and when he was stealing second, catcher Wellington Castillo threw an offset relay to outfield and center-fielder Brett Jackson mishandled the ball that scored Stubbs. Reliever Alberto Cabrera, replacing Germano, were unable to retire the next four batters and handed two more runs to the Reds.

Frazier and Ludwick did most of the damage to the Cubs. The pair combined Reds’ six RBI. Frazier also hit 3-for-4 while Ludwick went 3-for-5 scoring four runs.

The Cubs cut the margin in the seventh scoring two runs. Castro ripped a two-out double that scored DeJesus and Barney. They rallied in the eighth scoring two more runs off Jonathan Broxton but their relievers, Shawn Camp and Manny Corpas, gave up a run each to the Reds in the eighth and the ninth, not giving a chance to the team to tie the game.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman came in the ninth to retire the Cubs in order to ensure the victory and his 26th save of the season..

Starter Germano lasted 5.2 innings conceding six runs (four earned) on seven hits striking out two and walking one. His counterpart, Bailey helped his own cause by hitting a RBI-single in the second inning. He also pitched 5.2 innings allowing four runs on nine hits fanning five and walking two.



By: Patrick Au Yeung Chicago Cubs Correspondent
Twitter - @Cubs_sportsdesk