Friday’s opener against the Reds could probably be counted as one of the more frustrating Cubs losses of the season. Matt Garza had a mediocre start, and the club just couldn’t seem to get the clutch hits they needed to in the loss.
Garza pitched six innings, but gave up five runs on six hits and two walks. He managed strike out seven, but the five runs would be just too much for the club to recover from.
The Cubs managed to get to Reds’ starter Edinson Volquez, who gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks over just five innings, but the Reds bullpen would prove too much for the team. Francisco Cordero nabbed his fifth save of the season in the win.
The team was disappointing in all of the hitting facets of the game. They went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base during the game. The Cubs will try for revenge on Saturday as they take on Bronson Arroyo. First pitch will be at 12:10 P.M., CDT.