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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!

Dan the Man

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John Lackey would come into today’s game searching for his fourth win of the season against Dan Strailey. Dexter Fowler would start the game with a strikeout but would reach thanks to a dropped third strike and would steal second base.  Bryant would walk but no runs would cross the plate.  Addison Russell would send a screamer to the second deck in left field for his second homer of the year.  

John Lackey would cruise through the first three innings unscathed.  But Zack Cozart would lead the fourth inning off with a double to right field.  Eugenio Suarez would send a line drive ground ball to short that Russell would dive for only to have his throw fly passed Rizzo into the stands scoring Cozart tying the game at one.  Brandon Phillips would double scoring Suarez.  Lackey would get out the inning and make it through the fifth inning no problem.  In his recent starts, the boys in blue would score to give him the lead and the win.  

Russell would walk to start the fifth and would score, tying the game at two on a double by Fowler passed first, Jay Bruce would throw home allowing Fowler to reach third.  Bryant would send a line drive to left scoring Fowler.  The Cubs would take the lead after five innings 3-2.

Lackey would come into the bottom of the sixth giving up singles to Tyler Holt & Cozart.  They would cross the plate after Suarez homered to center field, putting the Reds up 5-3.  Lackey would get Votto & Phillips out on a 1-3 line out double play but would walk Jay Bruce and that would be all she wrote for Lackey.  Trevor Cahill would come in for relief and give a single to Devin Mesoraco.  Adam Duvall would send a line drive to left-center field for his second home run of the year.  Scott Schebler would hit one just over Heywards glove for his first homer of the season.  Trevor would close out the sixth getting Holt to line out to Bryant in left.

Fowler would lead off the seventh with a double to left.  He would score on Heywards liner to left.  Heyward would advance to second on the throw home.  He would score on a single by Ben Zobrist.  But after seven and a half, it would be Cubs five, Reds 9.  Neil Ramirez would come into the bottom of the seventh, striking out Cozart but would walk Suarez.  With one man on, Joey Votto would send a fly ball to center for his second home run of the season, putting the Reds up, 11-5.  

The lately loud bats of the Cubbies would be patient in the top of the eighth with walks by Russell, Fowler and Heyward with two of them credited to Caleb Cotham and one to Chicago native Tony Cingrani, who would get out of the inning.  Clayton Richard would come into the second half of the inning walking Cingrani who would make it home on a fielding error by Jorge Soler.  Tyler Holt was credited with a hit, he would end up at third on Russell’s throwing error to Rizzo but they would trap and tag out Cozart trying to take second base.  Suarez would single receiving his fourth RBI of the night.  Clayton would get out of the inning but not before two earned runs cross the plate.  

Cingrani would come into the top of the ninth hoping to stop the Cubs from trying to come back and get the W.  Pinch hitter Matt Szczur would fly out, but Zobrist would reach on a fielding error.  Montero would come up to the plate and go down swinging, as would Javier Baez giving the Cubs their fourth loss of the season.  

Cubs pitching would strike out nine, but would give up 13 runs on 15 hits.  Lackey would go five and two-thirds innings, giving up six of the 13 runs putting his record at a respectable 3-1.  Quiet night for Cubs hitting but as we say on The Podcast #ItsOnlyApril.

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