Cincinnati extended their winning streak at Wrigley Field to 12 games Wednesday with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
The streak is the longest by any Cubs’ opponent at Wrigley Field since they moved into the ballpark in 1916.
The Reds took the lead for good on Todd Frazier’s solo home run off Travis Wood leading off the seventh.
Nate Schierholtz gave Wood a quick lead with an arching, solo home run in the second inning off Reds’ starter Mike Leake. But the Reds tied it in the sixth on Brandon Phillips’ two-out, RBI single.
Wood held the Reds without a hit through the first 4 2/3 innings until Cesar Izturis’ infield single in the fifth. He wound up allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings.
Leake allowed one run on three hits over eight innings, before Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth. Chapman struck out Scott Hairston and Anthony Rizzo and induced Alfonso Soriano to ground out to end the game.
The Cubs fell to 16 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis, meaning the season is basically over with 99 games remaining.
What do Cubs fans have to look forward to the rest of the way?
“Obviously, when you’re 16 games out, and you’re dealing with the teams ahead of you that are the elite in the league, obviously we haven’t been compatible to our division at all,” manager Dale Sveum said. “We haven’t played well. The pitching and stuff, we’re not right there yet. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve still got 100 games left and the guys go out and play their butts off every day and see what happens.
“But we continue to get good starting pitching, but we’ve got to put six, seven runs up once in a while.”