Finally, a W for Yu! -- Cubs 5, Reds 2

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds and picked up the series win on Wednesday afternoon. Cubs starter Yu Darvish finally got the win in the 5-2 victory.

Darvish worked an efficient first, with strikeouts from Nick Senzel and Joey Votto. Eugenio Suárez grounded out back to the mound for the third out.

After a leadoff strikeout from Albert Almora Jr and a fly out to right from Javier Báez, Kris Bryant hit a solo home run off of Red starter Sonny Gray to put the Cubs ahead 1-0.

Addison Russell followed with a solo shot of his own in the second inning, and the Cubs now lead by 2-0.

Kyle Schwarber entered the game in the sixth inning to pinch hit in Darvish's spot. He led off with a line out to left field, followed by a strikeout from Almora and a ground out on a bunt from Báez.

The Cubs sent Kyle Ryan to the mound in relief of Darvish in the seventh. Darvish went six innings with two hits, no runs, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Ryan hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch and then got a ground out from Scooter Gennett. José Iglesias singled, but Juan Graterol flew out to center field. With pinch hitter José Peraza at the plate, Cubs catcher Victor Caratini picked off Iglesias at first for the third out. The Reds challenged the play, but the call stood.

David Hernandez pitched for the Reds in the bottom of the seventh and gave up consecutive walks to Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Both advanced on a passed ball, and Jason Heyward brought them home on a double. The Cubs now were up by 4-0. Matt Bowman then replaced Hernandez on the mound, and Russell lined out and Bote grounded out to end the inning.

New Cubs pitcher Brandon Kintzler faced Peraza in the leadoff spot, and he doubled to right field. Senzel followed with a single, Votto with a lineout, and Suárez with another single. Puig hit a two RBI single to break the shut out and the inning ended with the score at 4-2.

Robel García pinch hit for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth and flew out to left field. Báez and Bryant got on base with singles, and the Reds then replaced Hernandez with Michael Lorenzen. His first batter was Rizzo, who singled to score Báez and put the Cubs ahead 5-2.

Craig Kimbrel went 1-2-3 to close it out beautifully. Gennett struck out swinging, Winker grounded out back to the mound, and Graterol struck out swinging to end the game.

 

WPA CHART

Source: FanGraphs

Filed under: Game Recap

Tags: Cubs, Reds, Sonny Gray, Yu Darvish

Comments

Leave a comment
  • Great win! Darvish/Heyward: that’s supposed to be the Cubs big market advantage. They haven’t always been but were today. And Kimbrel. Is there another team in the division that could sign a closer for $14m (Morrow) let alone replace him with someone who’ll make $16m each of the next two seasons?

  • Really needed that win, both game and series! Too bad the Braves and Pirates couldn't lend a hand today.
    Note: can we please NEVER see Almora lead off again??

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    He does make you long for Kyle in the one hole. And that's not easy to do.

  • Darvish is emerging as the starter we anticipated last year and Heyward the stick we anticipated 4 yrs ago.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    With Cole Hammels coming back, we have a great bunch of starters that could carry us even through the playoffs especially if we can continue to hit at our current rate.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    We all want see Hamels back. But I'd like to see Mills again. Can never have enough pitching. And if they can manage to open a lead in the division it'd be nice to see Rea once or twice too. He'd have to be added to 40 man but last I checked Barnette was still AWOL. Not to mention they'd have to next year to keep him.

    3 days off in August and only 2 in September. The last thing they need are rain outs.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I think Mills will pitch for Hamels next expected start. The reason I say this is because if they didn't expect him to pitch they would of sent him down and brought up another reliever.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Can't say it enough times. If Darvish continues to re-emerge as a TOR guy the Cubs are significantly better.

    Prior to the break I thought to seriously contend this year they had to acquire another TOR guy. And that wasn't going to come cheap.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to Cubmitted:

    With Hamels pitching as well as he has, and Yu pitching like this, and Kimbrel shutting down the 9th we are definitely a WS contender.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Guys gotta stay "healthy" obviously. But a couple of pen upgrades and they're certainly in the conversation.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Still need to hit unless starters are throwing shutouts last two games total of 15 hits won’t get it done without pitching .

  • Four years of K's and DP's. Hum, when is Hayward's first opt out year? I realize how negative that sounds, but ....

  • In reply to RiJo:

    Not sure, but I don't think the Cubs have any options. Heyward is staying with that contract.

  • In reply to RiJo:

    Last year. FA after the '23 season. He'll be 33. Cubs have him through his prime years. My guess is we haven't seen his best yet. And RF is locked down with an annual Gold Glove contender and multiple time winner.

    It's an important position they don't have to worry about for the foreseeable future.

  • fb_avatar

    it's taken a while, but Yu, your table is ready!!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    "Doctor, doctor, gimme the news.
    I gotta bad case of loving Yu."

    I'll show myself out...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Pop, that’s one of your best yet. LMAO.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to BarleyPop:

    You don’t disappoint ever!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    We have a winner Chicago! As always your prize is nothing.

  • I'm very happy to see Darvish getting his mojo back, but let's not be swayed by 5 out of 6 against two sub-.500 teams at home. The Cubs still need to address hitting before the deadline. I hope Theo is working those phones!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    They will. At least we’re getting to the point where we can all discuss who we want to add to this team instead of whether or not they should buy or sell lol

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I'm not so much swayed by beating lesser teams as I am encouraged by watching us play the baseball we are capable of. If we play to our abilities we will be in decent shape. We are the class of this division. We do have holes, glaring holes, and they will be addressed. And just to be clear, that does not involve trading Bryant, Baez, or Willson for prospects. Stop it! (Not you Cliff, but others). That's not happening. I don't know how else to say it, and I don't know why people think you trade away your best players when you are good. ?.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I agree, again though I don’t think of the Reds as a lesser team. They are by every metric but wins the second best team in the division.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    So you’re saying Rizzo is the one they trade?

    ;)

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    The Reds aren’t your average sub .500 team. They should have 50 wins by Pythagorean record and nipping at our heels. They also are also one of seven teams in the NL with a positive run differential and second to the Cubs in that statistic with St. Louis a distant third. My point being is that Cincinnati is a very good team, I believe the second best team in the division, and the I wouldn’t discount the series win. Sure Theo has work to do but this is a very encouraging start to the unofficial second half.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    One of those lesser teams had a 7-3 record vs cubs. Winning two from them is an accomplishment especially with most of the runs in those wins coming via HR. Can’t get a rally w/o a HR. NOT a good sign.

  • In reply to stix:

    On the lack of hits though let’s remember that sonny gray and Luis Castillo aren’t slouch pitchers as they’re pitching staff has been strong this season, esp those 2 all stars. Derek Johnson is doing a really nice job with that staff overall

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    They are both good pitchers but that’s the quality of playoff teams. Still need to hit better, I don’t trust the cubs staff to be as good against the much better teams they’ll see in the playoffs.

  • Mills has proved to be at minimum a competent replacement for Hamels until he comes back. Speculation is that it could be August 3rd. Cubs do have some off days coming up, so if Mills isn’t effective, there are off days baked in.

    Yu’s turnaround has been impressive. Not sure if people heard it on the radio, but he called out Hottovy with 2 outs in the 6th. Coomer at first thought he was injured, but they just chatted. Maybe he told them he was gassed and that Puig was his last guy, get someone loose in the pen. No idea, but he pitched great on a hot humid day.

    Every team has deficiencies. Anyone see the Dodgers last night? Kenley was firing 91 mph fastballs and was wild and ineffective. They have no closer. Could be an issue down the road for them.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Miles is still on SSS let’s not crown him yet. We did it to Adbert and he busted back to acceptable at best.

  • In reply to stix:

    Alzolay is going to be one heck of a pitcher. He had a setback and lost confidence. I still think he's a #3 pitcher on a championship rotation. Remember what John always said? Development is not linear.

  • In reply to stix:

    Not sure I did crown him. I said at worst he will be a competent replacement. We need him to be a #5 starter and that’s 5-6 innings and 3 runs allowed a game until Hamels comes back.

    He has also had success at AAA unlike Adbert who is still trying to figure things out.

    More than willing to let Mills get another 2-3 starts.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Agreed on Mills. Career 3.59 ERA over 625 IP in the minors. Not to mention I liked his stuff last year. Based on his comments Joe feels the same way. He just needs a chance. Not to mention they need to find out if he can be a BOR guy on a good team. Q has a club option next year. FA in '21.

    Azolay is still developing. The stuff is there. We've seen flashes. It's tough for any young player to crack this roster now much less stick. Between 2012 & '14 they were allowed to go through growing pains at the MLB level. Once it became time to win the leash got short.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    The Dodgers have shown that ideally you should have eight starting pitchers. Next year the Cubs will have Lester, Hendricks, Darvish, and Quintana. I expect they'll offer Hamels and qualifying offer. If he doesn't accept, there are a lot of free agent pitchers and with Zobrist and Morrow and Hamels coming off the books ($51M) the Cubs will probably add a fifth. That leaves Chatwood as a swing guy, Alzolay can either win the fifth spot of be a perfect spot starter. I think Mills' contract expires, so they will need to add one more guy.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    The Cubs started the season with 8 this year. The five starters plus Chatwood, Montgomery and Alzolay. I'm hoping Alzolay wins the 5th spot next year and they pick up some help. Also I think Colin Rea will get a shot to be one of the back up guys.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Cubs only have 5 scheduled days off Aug thru Sept. Going to be two tough months. If they can separate themselves from the pack it'd be nice to see Rea this year for a start or two.

    Giving the starters a blow down the stretch could help.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Mills is TC next year with 3 ARB years to follow. Huge savings if he pans out.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Sweet. So that’s seven. I’d imagine the team will sign Hamels or one of the FA below, make Chatwood the swing guy, and have Mills and Alzolay in the minors:

    Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Stephen Strasburg (opt-out), Rick Porcello, Jake Odorizzi, Alex Wood.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Good point on hamels very possibly accepting the QO. It’s a win win either they get an extra pick or lock up a quality pitcher on what amounts to a 1 year deal. You know I like alzolay, but I’d prefer to break him in slowly. He’s not a sure enough thing to just hand a starting job to, and they’ll likely need good replacements at some point anyways. Even Hendricks took time to develop that’s just the reality with young pitching

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Think the cubs have to be careful on letting a quality pitcher like hamels go because he’s aging. Houston made that mistake with Charlie Morton to rely on 2 injured pitching prospects. As good as they are their decisions to move on from keuchel and Morton may come back to bite them down the road

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I'll have the Gerrit Cole. And a garden salad with ranch dressing please.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Cole is going to sign with a California club. My bet is on San Diego but he did grow up near Anaheim so the Angels are also a possibility

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    The Kimbrel signing eliminated zobrists money from coming off the books.

  • Watching today's game, I was wondering how long Joe Maddon was going to leave Brandon Kinzler in the game. Brandon was one pitch away from losing this game but lucked out when the batter hit into a double play. The previous hitters seem to know what was coming and Brandon was fooling no one. Kudos to Yu Darvish who was top dog today, and looked like a #1 starter.
    To the guy who muscled the ball away from the fans in the front row on Schwarber's home run, you are a loser and I hope you're not allowed in Wrigley again.If you need a ball that badly, I'll buy you one.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to ronvet69:

    Saw that!!!
    Quit huggin your drunk buddy with food in his beard and give that poor little kid the ball for Christ sake!

  • Ugh bad news Adbert Alzolay who really struggled with his command tonight has left that ballgame early with an apparent injury. Just horrible news for a kid that is coming off an injury plagued season. That’s the risk in pitching prospects for you. 1st Brennan Davis now alzolay the cubs top trade chips really going down in a hurry, although I’ve been pretty clear I don’t want to trade Davis at all

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Don't the Mets know it. All their marbles were in those young flippers that shut down the Cubs in the '15 NLCS. One injury after another has had them residing in the Lost and Found ever since.

    It's going to take quality to get quality. You just hope it works out in the end. If they had a legit closer in '16 Torres would be patrolling 2B now. Water under the bridge. And besides that it paid off.

  • fb_avatar
    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Eloy is also on the IL. Someone once said that the best ability is availability.
    I hope all get better but you just never know.

  • 14 days. Snooze you lose. What are they going to do?

    Cutting bait with Brach and Descalso seem obvious. They need another LHRP also. Will they look for 2B & OF upgrades or shuffle what they have?

    Upon Willson's return sans him spending a lot of time in LF when does Victor play? Can't leave a young player like that on the bench to PH. Or can they? Besides that 1B is his only other position. One more year of TC with 3 ARB years he has value. A lot of teams he could start for. You'd have to guess he's a possibility to move now.

    Will they remain patient with Almora and Schwarber's offensive development? Like him or not Russell is their only legitimate alternative at SS. Sans a replacement coming back hard to see him being moved this year.

    Then there's the Zobrist question. Going to be interesting. Good guess something shakes sooner than later. This FO usually strike early.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I think Caratini stays. Two months with part time duty is not enough to give up on him. Maldanodo doesn’t want to be a backup. So when he walks and they trade Caratini as you infer, who is Willson’s back up next year?

  • In reply to stix:

    I'm not big on the idea of moving Victor. SH catchers aren't falling out of trees. Just pontificating as the deadline draws near.

    I've read elsewhere the FO stated the Maldonado move wasn't laying the groundwork to move him. They've also stated it would take a special deal to raid the top of the farm again.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Remember, there will be an extra roster spot on MLB rosters next year. Given the FO has shown a proclivity for carrying 3 catchers, it seems like a strong possibility they will do so. Caratini, as a switch-hitter, and Maldonado as a defensive specialist seem like a great combo in that regard.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    OK, whats with all the acronyms in your posts. I think TC means team control. I think FO means front office. Have no idea what SH catchers are. This makes your posts hard to read.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    switch hitting

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    LOL thanks rbrucato.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Edwards Jr. obviously takes either Delasco or Brach's spot, with either Holtzen or another AAA pitcher or Maldonado or Happ taking the other............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Wouldn't it be great if Holtzen solved the LHRP issue. Great story if it were to play out. Not to mention it spares depleting the farm. But he's seen little game action to date and has yet to throw a pitch at the MLB level.

    As for Descalso's spot barring a quick regression from Garcia probably a safe bet he's DFA'd upon Willson's return. For there will be no room at the inn.

    Happ looks like a Sept call up. I'm among those that was hoping he'd be ready to take over CF and the one hole. Maybe next year.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I wouldn't count on Hultzen this year. He is pitching less than an inning per month. Not sure what is going on with him.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    You are right you can't count on him because of health. But if he is healthy, he is nasty. He just got off the DL yesterday and he pitched a perfect inning. 12 pitches, 8 strikes, mid 90s fastball from a LH pitcher.

  • In reply to John57:

    That's good to know John. Thanks for the update. Maybe there is hope after all.

  • fb_avatar

    Justin Grimm was just acquired by the Reds. I hope he does well, he helped us a few years ago and I wish him well--of course, only against the Brewers, Cards and Pirates.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    "Everyday Jimmy!"

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Good luck Grimmer!

  • What are the odds that the cubs flip Maldonado after Contreras comes back? Is any other team looking for a back up catcher? The cubs would essentially have traded Montgomery for whatever prospects they get for Maldonado

  • fb_avatar

    For what its worth , EVERY pitcher that threw last night for triple AAA Iowa with the obvious exception of Big Bert could contribute to the Cubs second half push! That is some serious depth in the pen

  • any new news on Morrow?

  • I was there... front row of the LF bleachers and wearing my full 1937 #17 Cubs uniform.

    Dozens of people told me it was awesome (several took pics with me) including people who worked at Wrigley and Mai Tai Guy, who was diggin' the look and gave me a fist bump. He's actually a fun fella and asked me if I was coming to the next game, but sorry, man... I don't live in Chicago.

    Needless to say, I will be wearing the uni to any Cubs game I attend in the future.

Leave a comment