The Cubs look to break the hole they dug themselves losing 6 out of 7 games. The Great One, Jake Arrieta is seeking his 12th win of the season against the Reds Dan Strailey. The Cubs wouldn’t let the former Cubs get past the 4th inning. Kris Bryant would start the scoring in the top of the 1st with his 18th double bringing in Jadon Heyward and he’d score on Miguel Mobtero’s sac fly. The Reds would strike back and tie it up in the bottom of the first with Adam Duvall’s 17th double to left scoring Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto.
In Kris Bryant’s second at bat in the top of third, he’d send a fly ball to left center for his 19th home run of the year. Just like chess, in a counter move Jay Bruce would send Zack Cozart across home on a ground ball single to center, tieing the game at 3.
After Chris Coghlan and Arrieta start the first with singles on one out, Heyward drives in Chris on a line drive to center. Bryant would jack his 20th homer of the season to left driving in Arrieta and Heyward. After just 3 & 2/3 innings, Strailey would be pulled to make it a bullpen day for the Reds. Jumbo Diaz would get out of the inning after giving up a single to Russel. Jake would allow to baserunners in the bottom half but does not allow any runs. Cubs 7-3.
With Michael Lorenzen on the mound and two outs, Arrieta cracks his 2nd home run of the season adding to his lead but would cut his lead to 3 in the bottom half by walking Billy Hamilton then giving up a home run to Jay Bruce. He does get out of the inning. Cubs 8-5.
Bryant would continue his in game hitting streak with a double to lead off the 6th but wouldn’t cross the plate. Trevor Cahill enters the bottom of the 6th walking Jose Peraza who then scores on Tucker Barnhart’s double to right. He would get two outs but after a single to Billy Hanilton, Joel Maddon would bring in Travis Wood.
Russ Olendorf enters the 7th getting the first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Wood gets the first out in the bottom half but gives up a double to Duvall who makes it to third after Pedro Strop comes in getting the second out of the inning. Duvall does score from 3rd on Pedro’s wild pitch.
Olendorf seems to be calming the Cubs down by retiring his 5th batter in a row but with two outs gives up back to back dingers to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo but does get out of the inning. Strop makes it a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th after a bunch of defensive changes by Maddon.
Albert Almora, Jr entered the game in the bottom of 8th leading off the 9th with a single against Blake Wood. Russel would cause Jose Peraza to commit an error to reach 1st. Javier Baez would send a line drive to center scoring Almora but trying to stretch it to two gets caught at 2cd base. Wood gets out of the inning. Cubs 11-7.
Joel Peralta enters the game for the Cubs to shut down the Reds and gets Billy Hamilton to strikeout but gives up a solo homer to Joey Votto. He gets the next out but Maddon brings in Hector Rondon to get Duvall to pop out to end the game.
While the Cubs did win, not the best outing for the Great One and the bullpen. Jake goes only 5 innings giving up 5 runs on 4 hits striking out 4. The bullpen gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. It may have been a different outcome if not for Kris Bryant’s 5 for 5 with 3 home runs driving in 6 RBI’s. Either way, Cubs win!
Go Cubs Go!
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