Wrigley like home away from home
Wrigley Field is ancient, lacks modern amenities and has the smallest visitor’s clubhouse in all the land. But the Reds have certainly made it feel like home the past two seasons.
On Wednesday, the Reds cruised to a 5-0 win to sweep the three game series.
This season vs. the Cubs: the Reds have won nine of the 10 games played at Wrigley. They have been the victor in 15 of the last 16 games played at “The Friendly Confines.”
“When you get some good pitching and timely hitting, it happens,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I really enjoy coming here and winning. I enjoy winning anywhere. We didn’t hear that ['Go Cubs Go'] song much here, which is a sign we played good ball.”
In the 2013 season series, the Reds are 13-3 vs. the Cubs. They have not won 13 or more games in a season against the Cubs since 1962.
“It’s just good to come in here and get on a roll. We’ve played well here in the past and it’s nice to continue that. In the position we’ve been in for a while, we’ve been just spinning our wheels – six and seven and 5 ½ games back. It’s nice to kind of get some traction and hopefully take that to Milwaukee.”
Some post-game notes:
*Todd Frazier hit a solo homer to left field in the top of the first inning. It was his first homer since July 1 vs. the Giants. Four of Frazier’s 11 homers this season have come against the Cubs.
*Pretty soon, my final version of today’s game story will be up and you can click here to read it. Baker and Arroyo talk about the team’s momentum and how important it is at this point of the season.
*Included in my notebook are things on Choo getting the day off, the notion of Johnny Cueto being used this season as a reliever and the signing of a 20-year-old Cuban outfielder. Click here to read those items.
*I have the series at Milwaukee off. I will be back on Monday for the start of a new home stand vs. the Diamondbacks.