Garza surrenders 3 of Reds’ 4 HRs in 12-2 loss; Cubs acquire pitcher Henry Rodriguez
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com June 11, 2013 11:11PM
Updated: June 11, 2013 11:27PM
Not even Ian Stewart’s Twitter misdeeds and suspension Tuesday could provide enough attention-stealing cover for the Cubs in their game against the powerful Cincinnati Reds later that night at Wrigley Field.
Never mind providing cover for fans in the bleachers.
Four Reds hit nine runs worth of home runs off Cubs pitching – three of the four homers against starter Matt Garza – as Cincinnati routed the Cubs 12-2 in the second game of a four-game series.
The barrage sent the Cubs to their seventh loss in nine games.
“I don’t know. It was impressive, what they did,” said Garza, who shrugged off the fact he had allowed three or fewer earned runs in 19 consecutive starts at Wrigley before Tuesday. “Just one of those days. You tip your cap and keep going.”
Garza suggested he and catcher Welington Castillo are still getting used to each other as battery mates even though the second-year catcher has caught all five of Garza’s starts since the pitcher returned from the DL last month.
“That’s what spring training’s for, so he kind of gets the feel for me and I kind of get the feel of him,” Garza said. “That’s what we were trying to do. … And it’s tough. But being in this game for as many seasons as I have, I need to take control and I need to guide him through. And I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do.
“It lies on my shoulders, and now I just get ready for five days [from now].”
Garza (1-1), who got more attention for a postgame rant than his abbreviated start the last time he faced the Reds 2 ½ weeks ago, gave up a solo shot to Todd Frazier in the second, a two-run shot to Joey Votto in the third and a three-run homer to Xavier Paul in a six-run sixth inning in which he failed to record an out.
The last time he faced the Reds, he called out Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto postgame for throwing over teammate David DeJesus’ head during the game.
He called Tuesday’s start “just another game.”
“I know everybody made a big deal about Cueto and me,” he said, “but that was over the day I left [Cincinnati]. Today it was just go out there and try to pitch the best I can and give the team a chance to win. And that definitely didn’t happen.”
Reliever Zach Putnam gave up the last homer by the Reds – a three-run shot by Zack Cozart in the eighth – before leaving the game with elbow pain. He has battled bone spurs in the elbow, and manager Dale Sveum said Putnam will have an MRI.
The Cubs also committed four errors in the game, including three by third baseman Cody Ransom.
NOTE – The Cubs announced after the game they acquired right-hander Henry Rodriguez from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in exchange for Class A right-hander Ian Dickson. To make room on the 40-man roster, recently acquired Class AAA pitcher Eduardo Sanchez was designated for assignment.
Rodriguez, who was DFA’d by the Nationals last week, was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Washington.
-- Injured reliever Shawn Camp (big toe) pitched a scoreless inning for Class A Kane County in his first injury-rehab appearance Tuesday and is scheduled to make a two-inning relief appearance Friday before being re-evaluated.