CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs looked sluggish after a late night at Wrigley Field, and Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey made the most of their sleepy lineup.
The Cubs managed just four hits against Bailey and two relievers during a 3-1 loss Tuesday.
Bailey pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run double as Cincinnati lowered its magic number for clinching the NL Central to four games.
Monday night's game between the Pirates and Cubs was delayed by storms for 3 hours, 37 minutes. The first pitch was thrown at 10:42 p.m. CDT and the game ended at 1:28 a.m. The Cubs lost 3-0, and now they have just one run in the last two games.
Was there a carryover?
"It sure seemed like it," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Besides (Darwin) Barney, there weren't a whole lot of balls squared up all night long. After swinging the bats really well the first few days against Pittsburgh and then last night and tonight, it was kind of discouraging."
The Cubs also have a magic number. At 58-90, they need to win five of their remaining 14 games to avoid a 100- loss season.
Cubs starter Justin Germano was working on a shutout before he was pulled after walking the first three batters in the sixth — Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce. Manny Corpas came in and Hanigan hit a drive to right-center with one out that cleared the bases.
"I had bases loaded, let it come to you in that situation. Just trying to put the ball in the outfield and fortunately it got over their heads," Hanigan said. "It worked out."
"You got three quality veteran hitters up there and after seeing him that was their third time, I think they kind of waited him (Germano) out," Sveum said. "We got the out and just couldn't get the ball on the ground with Corpas. Hanigan obviously put a nice swing on the ball that changed the whole game around."
Germano (2-8) lost his sixth straight start. He gave up three hits, walked five, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.