Game Recap: Cubs 8, Reds 5 -- Cubs 1 game out
Strangely, unlike any of the times Wood and Prior went down in '04, I'm not so worried about the loss of Lilly, be it for 2 weeks or 2 months. The Cubs have a deep rotation, and perhaps Ryan Dempster will return next week with more luck than he had before he went on the DL himself. Amusingly enough, by the time Dempster starts another game the Cubs may already be in first place.
Today's game was a happy reminder of what things were like when Aramis and Derrek were offensive forces for the Cubs. The two corner infielders combined to go 6 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 homeruns, and 5 of the Cubs' 8 RBI. But their 6 hits made up just a portion of today's hit parade, as every Cub regular managed to collect at least 1 against Aaron Harang and the useless Reds bullpen.
As for the Cubs pitching, Randy Wells collected his 6th win of the season -- I am now convinced that he will easily be a 10 game winner, although Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ might have something to say about Randy's Rookie of the Year chances. Wells went 6 innings, surrendering 3 earned runs -- all off a homer in the 2nd -- while striking out 5. Behind him Aaron Heilman and Carlos Marmol pitched 2 hitless, walkless, scoreless innings in relief while Kevin Gregg coughed up 2 garbage runs in a 9th inning non-save situation.
The Reds at this point are proving to be a team without a chance of competing, which is really saying something in the shaky NL Central. These are the games the Cubs should win, just like the recent four game set in Washington.