The so-called “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field continued to be a friend indeed for the Reds, as Cincinnati won its 10th straight game at the home of the Cubs, beating Chicago 6-2 in front of 28,052 on Monday night. Although the team didn’t arrive at their Chicago hotel until sometime around 3 a.m. local time on Monday morning following Sunday night’s 11-4, 10-inning loss to the Cardinals, this was exactly where the Reds needed to be to bounce back from two series setbacks at home. The Reds haven’t lost a game at Wrigley Field since last August and they’ve won seven of eight against Chicago this season and 17 of their last 20, dating back to last season. “We were embarrassed over the weekend -- personally, as an organization and as a team,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of the series against the Cardinals. “We’ll get them again many, many times.” But a combination of Brandon Phillips and Homer Bailey secured the Reds a win and even moved the team a half-game closer to the idle Cardinals. Phillips tied a career-high with six RBI, including a third-inning grand slam, and Bailey went eight innings, throwing 120 pitches to help rest an overworked and underperforming bullpen.
Phillips, Bailey star in Reds' 6-2 win
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jun 11