Shutout by the Cubs

The Reds have rolled the Cubs so much the past two seasons that losses like Monday’s 2-0 blanking at the hands of Chicago and Travis Wood stick out like a sore thumb. It was the first time the Reds were shut out by the Cubs since Aug. 19, 2008, snapping a streak of 86 games with at least one run scored against them.

Some quick notes:

*The game came down to a pair of solo homers allowed by Bronson Arroyo, who hung a changeup to Ryan Sweeney in the second inning and made a decent fastball offering to Luis Valbuena in the third. After that, Arroyo retired 14 of 16.

*Jay Bruce received his single-season career best 12th assist of the night when Dioner Navarro singled and was caught in a rundown between first and second base after the throw from right field was cutoff.

*Zach Cozart hit two doubles and extended his career-best hit streak to 14 games.

*Shin-Soo Choo was plunked in the back by Travis Wood in the third inning — his 25th hit-by-pitch of the season and a new club record.

For more on tonight, click here to read my game story on


Hats off to former Red Travis Wood….. Hopefully today’s Chicago winds will be blowing out for Bruuuuuuuuce…..

I think Mr. Cozart has figured a few things out…
Month of July – .230/.258/.333/.591
Month of August – .282/.326/.400/.726
Month of September (through 9th) – .361/.378/.417/.795

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