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Postgame quote patrol

It’s quite a long drive back to Cincinnati so I will leave you with a bevy of post-game quotes from the Reds 11-4 win over the Cubs for a three-game sweep and 5-1 road trip. They are 16-games over .500 at 64-48 and have a two-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. St. Louis was rained out today.

“I felt good today. I came out and my pitches were working good. I could throw them all for strikes. The fact they came out swinging, I was able to get some early outs.” — Travis Wood, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

“Let it be known, I’m not looking for that type of day very often. I’m trying to put together professional at-bats, which is simple – swing at strikes and take balls. When you get two strikes, put the good pitch in play and if you have to foul off the nasty one, do that.” — Jonny Gomes, who drew a career-high four walks and also scored a career-best four runs.

“They have a very good team, they’re hungry to win.” — Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano

“He challenges you and changes speeds. He doesn’t throw many breaking balls — he pitches basically with a fastball changeup, but he pitches to the outside par tof the plate. we hit quite a few balls decent to right field. He pitches to the strength of their defense.” — Cubs manager Lou Piniella on Wood.

“Now it’s here and now we deal with it. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be fun and it’s the next to last series where we know we can take care of our own business. It will be tough. This is what championship baseball is all about.” — Dusty Baker on facing St. Louis starting Monday.

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Postgame quote parade

It was another game from the bizarro world as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Cubs. Why was it a little weird, you ask?

*The Cubs tied a franchise record by stranding 17 men on base. They were 3-for-16 RISP and still won.

*Johnny Cueto walked five and allowed seven hits but had five scoreless innings while throwing 101 pitches. His ERA in his last four starts is 0.70.

*Randy Wells no-hit the Reds for six innings until Chris Heisey’s leadoff single in the seventh. Of course, he was mired in a scoreless tie until the top of the sixth.

Quotes —

“He had trouble getting strike one. That was the problem. He threw a lot of near-strikes. Ramon said he was not missing by much, especially on the inside.  But they were balls. They weren’t going for him. Usually he can spot that inside fastball with a lot of efficiency.” — Dusty Baker on Johnny Cueto.

“It’s one of those days I didn’t have it. I made a few pitches over the heart of the plate. They got a few key hits that blooped in. I hit a batter and walked one. It just wasn’t my day.” — Reliever Jordan Smith, who gave up three runs in the sixth after Cueto departed.

“Thank God, I put the ball in play and nobody caught it.” — Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano, who broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with a blooped single that dropped in front of diving center fielder Chris Heisey.

“We had people on. We got three of them in and won a baseball game. Let’s be happy with that.” — Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

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Outcome not cat's meow

The Reds didn’t look to good in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to the Cubs. They’re 5-3 on the road trip with two left to play here.

  • Just five hits for the lineup.
  • Seven walks for the pitching staff.

Micah Owings was charged with five runs, two earned, on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. He couldn’t escape a three-run fifth, which was doomed by back-to-back one-out walks followed by Chris Dickerson’s error on  Derrek Lee’s drive to the left field warning track.

“Anything else without the wind, that ball is long gone,” Dickerson said. “I tried to do what we’re taught. Get back to the wall and adjust from there. The ball kept dying, dying and dying. When you look up and run into the basket with the wind, it goes with the elements that make Wrigley Field so difficult on days like that. … Nothing can really prepare you for that. There is no Wrigley Field basket at Spring Training where we can practice or wind simulation.”

Two quirky moments came in the fourth.

With Joey Votto batting, a calico cat wandered on to the field and caused a delay in the game. The cat meandered around before a security guard grappled with the cagey feline.

Two batters later as Jay Bruce batted, a foul to left field wasn’t caught by Alfonso Soriano but instead by an eager fan who happened to be sitting in the infamous area Steve Bartman once sat during the 2003 playoffs. Cubs fans’ booing intensified when Bruce used the break to notch an RBI single.

One nice highlight was Bruce’s return from the sore hand. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and hit a solo homer to right field in the top of the second.

At this point, what would you consider a positive road trip — 5-5, 6-4 or 7-3? Most teams would accept the 5-5 almost any time but it would be tough to go home that way after the start of this trip. It’d also be a disappointing to not pass an early season test vs. the division favorite Cubs.

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