Game four versus the Reds, Jason Hammel looking for his third win of the season against Alfredo Simon who is 0-1. His last start was against the Cubs on April 13th, where he’d give up five earned runs and not make it through the first ininning. I’d love to tease or lead you to believe that this start would be any different, it kind of was, he’d at least make it passed the first inning but not before giving up three runs. Tommy La Stella would lead off with a double to center and score the first run on a single by Jason Heyward. Heyward would steal second base with Anthony Rizzo at the plate. He would send his a fly ball to right center, that would go under review for fan interfernce but would be upheld as his seventh home run of the season. Soler & Montero would close out the inning with strike outs. Hammel would come up in the second and reach on a ground ball to second. La Stella would double and both men would score on a Jason Heyward line drive to right field but he would end the inning getting caught stealing second.
Kris Bryant would lead off the third inning with a walk. He would score on Anthony Rizzo’s second home run of the day and eighth of the season. Jorge Soler would single and be pushed to second on a fielding error by Alfredo Simon. Addison Russell would send a ground ball to center scoring Soler. Drew Hayes would replace Simon retiring La Stella but the Cubs would be up now 8-0. We move to the top of the sixth Hayes would meet La Stella again but this time Tommy would get his first home run of the season putting the Cubs up 9-0.
Jason Hammel would make it through six full innings only walking two batters and giving up three hits and striking out seven batters. Adam Warren, Travis Wood and Hector Rondon would pitch the last three innings without giving up a walk or a hit. Combined they would strike out five batters to give Jason Hammel his third win of the season. All four pitchers would combine for a three hit shutout!
Excellent road trip for the Cubs, they are off Monday and start a six game home stand against the Brewers and the Braves. Until Tuesday, #GoCubsGo