Leake,Reds Take Series Opener Against Cubs

Losing streak hits seven games as Cubs drop opener.

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Cubs Drop Seventh In Row

It’s only June 6th, but it already looks like it ’s going to be a long summer for the Cubs and their fans. The Reds scored eight times and also got a great start from Mike Leake as they continued their dominance of the Cubs winning the series opener 8-2.

Matt Garza made his first start since May 17th and lasted only four innings giving up four runs on six hits. With the loss on Monday, Garza fell to 2-5 on the season.

The Cubs (23-35) were able to get ten hits on the night, lead by three hits each for Kosuke Fukudome and Blake Dewitt, but only two runs crossed the plate.

Mike Leake (5-2) gave the Reds exactly what they needed. Leake went eight innings and did give up ten hits but only allowed two runs to score. The Reds (31-30) are now 15-3 in their last 18 games against the Cubs.

The Cubs will look to even up the series on Tuesday evening.

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Cubs Welcome Matt Garza Back For Opener In Cincinnati

Coming off a terrible series against the Cardinals, the Cubs have probably never been happier to arrive in the Queen City to open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Monday's opener will be interesting to see how the Cubs rebound from two stunning losses to the Cardinals. In the last two games Albert Pujols hit game-winning homers in extra innings.  Even more troubling for the Cubs was pitcher Carlos Zambrano referring to the team as a Triple-A team. Although just one game, Monday's opener will show if the Cubs can rally around each other and start moving in the right direction or if they are in for a free fall.

Starting game one for the Cubs (23-34) will be Matt Garza. Garza (2-4,3.72 ) is returning from the disabled list to make his first start since May 17th. This will be his third start against the Reds this season. In the previous two starts Garza was 0-1 and allowed eight runs (five earned). The Cubs lost both of those games.

Mike Leake will pitch game one for Cincinnati (30-30). Leake is 4-2 on the season with an ERA of 5.03. The Reds hope to continue their dominance of the Cubs in which they've won 14 of the last 17 meetings. 

The weather in Cincinnati at the time of first pitch is temps in the upper 80's with partly cloudy skies. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 Central. The game can be seen on WCIU. 

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