While the extra off day will definitely benefit the Reds in the long run it appeared that the bats were still asleep. The Reds were only able to muster 3 hits and 1 run against Jeff Samardzija who looked dominant. One bright spot was Jay Bruce keeping up his hot hitting of late with a double to left center in the 6th that nearly made it out for his 5th homerun in as many games. It appeared that the Reds wanted to be aggressive at the plate and were swinging early and often which allowed Samardzija to settle in and grow his confidence. This has been a theme as of late for the Reds and I believe they need to start being more patient at the plate. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see a lineup change for tomorrow’s day game due to Zach Cozart’s recent struggles in the leadoff spot. On the flip side the Cubs pounded out 10 hits, 2 of which were homeruns from Ian Stewart and Brian LaHair, while scoring 3 runs. They jumped on Bronson Arroyo early and often and it was a great job by him to hold them to 3 runs as he just didn’t seem to have it tonight. The shortened series will wrap up tomorrow at 12:35 PM with Homer Bailey going against Ryan Demster.