Reds Stay Hot - Reds 6, Cubs 2

The Cubs and Reds opened up a four-game weekend series with a game that started off well, but ended up pretty frustrating.

The Cubs struck first against former-Met Matt Harvey with two runs in the 3rd inning. With one out in the inning, Kris Bryant was hit by a pitch. He then advanced to second on a single by Jason Heyward. With two men on and only one out, Javier Baez smacked a double to right bringing home Baez and Heyward, putting the Cubs up 2-0.

Kyle Hendricks went five scoreless innings, thanks in part to two opportune double plays. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Eugenio Suarez led off the inning with a single. Jesse Winker followed up by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play to wipe out Suarez. Kyle Hendricks then faced Adam Duvall who worked up a full count before striking out.

Then in the 5th inning, Jesse Winker led off with a walk. Adam Duvall was out number one after flying out to Ian Happ. Next up was Reds starter Matt Harvey who bunted. Willson Contreras charged at the ball and threw it to Addison Russell at second, and he shot it over to Javy Baez who was covering first for an inning-ending double play.

Kyle Hendricks found himself entering the 6th inning with a 2-0 lead but he ran into trouble that would knock him out of the game. The inning led off with a walk to the speedy Billy Hamilton. Two outs later, Hendricks issued a walk to Joey Votto. Kyle Hendricks was in a bit of a jam, but with two outs, we thought he might be able to get out of it. Unfortunately, Scooter Gennett singled to load the bases. It only got worse from them as Hendricks issued his third walk of the inning, this time to Eugenio Suarez which forced in a run. Joe Maddon decided to pull Hendricks and bring in Randy Rosario from the pen. Rosario had been great this season with runners inherited, allowing zero of ten to score. Today, that was tarnished as Rosario gave up a grand slam to Jesse Winker, putting the Reds up 5-2. Even after that big blow for the Cubs, the inning didn't end. Three consecutive singles - one each by Adam Duvall, Alex Blandino, and Billy Hamilton drove in one more run. At the end of six innings, the Reds led the Cubs 6-2.

Source: FanGraphs

The Cubs tried to put together a rally in the top of the 7th inning to get back into the game. With two outs, Kris Byrant singled and Jason Heyward doubled. The Cubs had two men on with two outs for Javy Baez, who worked an amazing plate appearance. He battled for Michael Lorenzon and walked on the 8th pitch of the at-bat. That loaded the bases for the Cubs and Anthony Rizzo. Unfortunately, Rizzo saw only three pitches from Reds reliever Amir Garrett and was called out on strikes. That ended the inning, and killed the Cubs' momentum for the rest of the game.

It was just another game where walks killed the Cubs. All three walks issued to the Reds in their 6th inning came around to score. I'm one to always look for a silver lining in Cubs losses, and today, I found one. Jason Heyward had a four-hit game today with three singles and a double. This is his second four-hit game this month! If that isn't impressive, I don't know what to tell you. After starting off the season struggling, Heyward has been great with the bat as of late. There are four other Cubs who have had a four-hit game this season - Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., Javier Baez, and Willson Contreras. The Brewers won over the Cardinals tonight so the Cubs are one game behind the Brewers for the division lead.

Tomorrow is another day, and the Cubs will send Jose Quintana to the mound to face off with Luis Castillo at 6:10 p.m. CT on WGN. Maybe the Cubs can brush themselves off from a tough loss tonight and have an offensive explosion tomorrow. Here's to hoping!






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  • The ones where you have the lead to begin with seem to hurt more.

  • How can you not leave Hendrix in there to finish the inning when he’s not even to 90 pitches, And by the way, strike three to Rizzo wasn’t even close. So sick of these freaking umpires.

  • In reply to JohnCHI:

    were you watching? Kyle was terrible in that inning. Rosario had made ten straight appearances without letting an inherited runner score. Lefty up. You have to make that move at that time. Kyle had just walked in a run after walking two others earlier. Rosario just didn't do the job this time. Doesn't mean the move wasn't right.

  • In reply to JohnCHI:

    There's no way you leave Kyle in there after that inning. He couldn't find the plate. Putting Rosario in was the right move, it just didn't work. This is a game that just didn't bother me much. Hendricks had a bad night and Cincinnati played well, such as it is. Kyle has had a rough go of it his last several starts but he'll turn it around. Assuming they get this game in tonight I'm fully expecting a win. In his last 6 starts Q has a 2.65 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 1.0 WHIP and an opponents OPS of .546 against.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I agree it was the right move to get Hendricks out of there at that time. Rosario has been good up until last night. Just didn't work out. That game did bother me a lot though. I was very frustrated with Hendricks that inning. Walking 3 guys?. Go get them tonight.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I'm concerned about Hendricks. Both Lester and Q are pitching very well and believe it or not I'm optimistic that Darvish will turn it around on his return but they're going to need all four of them in the stretch and into October. Kyle's recent wildness and propensity to lob up HR balls is something that needs to change. I do assume it will, I stopped underestimating Hendricks a long time ago, but to say it's not a worry is disingenuous.

  • In reply to JohnCHI:

    I wasn't able to watch the game. How was the umpiring overall? Usually Hendricks thrives with consistent/correct calls, and often gets abused otherwise.

  • Offensive opportunities were there to keep a foot on the Reds' throat. If Rizzo had even a 2 hit game last night, we might be looking at a different outcome.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    Yep, that's what killed them again. If the cubs are able to scratch out at least one run with their opportunities earlier in the game, maybe Joe lets Hendricks clean up his own mess. Anyone who is good at looking up stats want to tell me where the cubs rank in getting a run home with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs?? Len and JD were discussing their "pet peeves" last night and that is definitely mine!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Manny Machado , come on down!

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    No, thank you. Jim Duquette specualted today that a package of Russell or Happ plus Lange would land him but I think it would take more than that and even if not that's an expensive rental. Russell has been hitting the ball well and you would take a huge defensive hit at SS with Machado there. Plus Russell's WAR is 1.8 to Machado's 2.4. You're going to overpay for a rental for about 1/2 a win in the second half? Makes no sense to me.

  • In reply to TC154:

    One guy who might be an interesting trade target is Brad Hand.

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    Agreed. He's a really solid pitcher under a reasonable level of control. My only issue would be that if the Cubs do need to add at the deadline it would be a RHP for the pen, while Hand is a lefty. Still he's good enough that if you could land him you'd make it work.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Really? I was thinking with Morrow, Edwards, Strop, and Cishek they are really solid from the right side. It seems like a lefty makes more sense, especially with Montgomery likely going to the bullpen. I imagine the Cubs would be outbid for Hand, but I'm sure there is a relief pitcher out there I have never heard of who they are targeting. Montgomery 2.0 would make me happy!

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    I would consider the RHP a "nice to have" rather than a "must have" but Edwards has spent a significant amount of time on the DL and Morrow is there right now. I would think that a playoff pen would be something like Morrow, Edwards, Cishek, Strop, Monty, Wilson and Duensing or Rosario. Lose a lefty you're OK, lose a righty though and those playoffs could be rough. Or maybe Butler comes back and he's the guy. I just think that if you're looking it's for a RHP.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Right. Again, I don't understand how Russell is the de facto obvious inclusion here. People (national "reporters" included) just figure that they play the same position, ergo Machado would replace Russell, ergo just trade Russell for him. If you think about it for 2 minutes, it makes no sense.
    1) Why would the Orioles want Russell? He only has 3 years of control. They aren't going to be competitive within 3 years.
    2) Russell has been a better hitter than Machado over the last 6 weeks, and he's leagues better than him defensively.
    3) Why are people assuming it's going to take such a huge package to land Machado? He has 2 months of control left. JD Martinez is a far better hitter and was acquired for virtually nothing last summer. Martinez is the comp here.

  • I missed it if someone commented earlier, but RIP ex-Cub pitching coach Billy Connor .

    IMHO, Billy is best known for his work during the '84 season, when the Cubs FINALLY made it to the postseason.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    I remember Mr. Conner. That was early in my fandom and he was among the first to impress upon me the complexities of a coaching staff and how baseball was much more than the performance of the players that we saw on TV for three hours a day. He will be missed.

    On a sadly related note, I'd like to mention the passing of another icon who's had a profound impact on my life and countless others, Dr. Charles Krauthammer. His wisdom was unmatched, his intellect unquestioned, and his perseverance inspirational. A dedicated baseball fan, the Washington Nationals held a moment of silence before last night's home game. Charles was a rational and intelligent voice in an irrational and often ignorant realm.

    RIP, Charles Krauthammer.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    "Charles was a rational and intelligent voice in an irrational and often ignorant realm." Best characterization I've heard yet, an excellent summary of his work!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I find it interesting how you often seem to be the first voice against political option on this site - or is that just when it doesn't agree with your conservative views. Very little on that station is ever fair and balanced, nor unbiased.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I'm not the first voice against political opinion on this site, those voices have been here far longer than I have. I respect their wishes.

    I have raised my voice, loudly, when the comment section seemed to be overtaken by outsiders whose intention was to insult other readers rather than contribute to a productive discussion. I think there is a difference.

    My comment remembering Dr. Krauthammer was simply remembering a remarkable man. I also eulogized Anthony Bourdain in song a week ago. He was another man I admired. Those two great men were far apart on the political spectrum, but I never mentioned anything about politics. I merely expressed my sorrow that they had passed.

    Both of these men lived great lives and taught many lessons. If you see only politics in their lives and losses, that's on you. That was not my intention on honoring either one, nor will political leanings keep me from learning from anyone else.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Well, I guess we can agree he could be somewhat rational compared to the irrational and ignorant realm on that station.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I only wish you knew the life and teachings of Dr. Krauthammer. He was a brilliant man, and of course his story of overcoming complete paralysis to achieve those accolades is even more inspirational. Read his books on humanity, the many speeches he wrote for Democratic candidates, or more importantly, his love of baseball. He has said that his perfect death would occur in the stands, with a hot dog and a lead. I admire this great man, and he has inspired me.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    So, why couldn't you bring yourself to follow Barley's lead and leave your politics out of it?

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    In reply to cubbustible:

    Very little on any network is fair and balanced. Just what network do you watch that is "fair and balanced?"

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Was an incredible man....

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    A familiar face for years, and a pretty good coach, too.

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    In reply to DropThePuck:

    He also was famous for dating porn star Seka during the time he spent in chicago.

  • this is a political blog? or a historical one? I'd rather have a Cubs blog

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Go Cubs!

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