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 Reds.com/MLB.com.