You win some! -- Cubs 6, Reds 3

The Chicago Cubs played much better than their previous outing and split the series with the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Jason Heyward was back in the lineup after a day off and led off with a swinging strikeout against Reds starter Luis Castillo. Nicholas Castellanos followed with a sharp single up center, but Kris Bryant struck out swinging and Anthony Rizzo popped up to first to end the inning.

Cubs starter Jon Lester faced Nick Senzel in the leadoff position for the Reds, and he struck out on a foul tip. Joey Votto also struck out (called strikes), and after a single from Eugenio Suárez, Aristides Aquino did not hit a home run against the Cubs, but instead got the third out by grounding into a forceout.

The Reds scored in the bottom of the third. Senzel walked with two outs and then stole second base. Votto doubled to right to score Senzel, and Suárez then walked. Aquino singled sharply up center for another RBI and the inning ended with the Reds ahead 2-0.

Suárez homered to right center in the fifth inning to bring the score to 3-0 in favor of the Reds.

The Cubs finally got on the board in the top of the sixth. Heyward led off with a single, and Bryant followed with another after a strike out from Castellanos. Rizzo lined out to right field, and Javier Báez doubled to left to score Heyward. The Cubs now trailed 3-1.

David Phelps relieved Lester in the bottom of the sixth. Lester went five innings with five hits, three runs (all earned), three walks, and seven strikeouts. Phelps had a 1-2-3 inning, with a flyout from Philip Ervin, a strikeout from Kyle Farmer, and a ground out from Tucker Barnhart.

Ian Happ just missed a home run in the seventh. The ball hit the top of the wall and was ruled a double. After a groundout from Victor Caratini, pinch-hitter Tony Kemp grounded out to first base and Happ scored. Heyward singled, and the Reds then pulled a double switch, putting Josh VanMeter in the game in left field and Michael Lorenzen on the mound in relief of Castillo. Lorenzen faced Castellanos first, who singled to left. Bryant then put the Cubs in the lead 5-3 with his 23rd home run of the year. The Reds then sent Amir Garrett to the mound, and he got a ground out from Rizzo to end the inning.

The Cubs sent Rowan Wick to the mound for the bottom of the seventh. Heyward moved from center to right field and Albert Almora Jr replaced Kemp in center. Wick made quick work of the Reds, with a strikeout from VanMeter, a ground out from Senzel, and a strikeout from Votto.

Happ made up for the missed home run in the seventh by launching one to left field in the eighth to add some insurance for the Cubs. Caratini followed with a two-out walk, but the Cubs would add only one run to pull ahead 6-3, as Almora lined out to right to end the inning.

Heyward led off the ninth against new Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson and struck out swinging. David Bote pinch hit in Wick’s spot and also struck out swinging, followed by fly out from Bryant.

Bote remained in the game at second, Happ moved from second base to left field, and Pedro Strop closed it out for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth. He faced pinch-hitter Brian O’Grady, who flew out to center. After a walk to Barnhart, Strop struck out VanMeter and got Senzel to pop out to second to end the game.



Source: FanGraphs

Filed under: Game Recap

Tags: Cubs, jon Lester, Luis Castillo, Reds


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  • Most of the damage done with 2 outs today. Very impressive...

  • I took a nap with the Cubs losing 3-0 .... imagine my shock to wake up and see the Cubs ahead 6-3!

    Maybe I should nap more often when the Cubs are on the road!

    Fly the W

  • In reply to stv711:

    Will it work to nap part way though Tuesday nites game?

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    So many today. Obvious is KB and Ian but so many others. 2 Bags got a key hit and the relief corps. Wick and Stropy and don’t forget Phelps had one scoreless inning, that was key.
    Your big table is ready.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Happ needs a seat.

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    In reply to Cubs09:

    he's there.

  • Sweet win! It didn't look good early.

  • Yes like everyone else I had it in the loss column after the 5th. Here's to hoping this comeback win on the road gets the going.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Everyone else? Not me.

    That was fun. I just want to post some totally fun, stupid lyrics. I've thought about that MMMbop song by those little blonde-haired boys, but even I couldn't live with that. I'll go with some Chumbawamba, as I've got a head start on these lyrics already:

    "Pissing the night away...

    He drinks a whiskey drink
    He drinks a vodka drink
    He drinks a lager drink
    He drinks a cider drink
    He sings the songs that remind him of the good times
    He sings the songs that remind him of the better times...

    I get knocked down,
    But I get up again.
    You are never gonna keep me down."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Chumbawamba. Easily one of the best band names ever. Well done. ;)

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    In truth I've been busy. Was checking the app when I could. Watching the replay starting at the 6th now. I'll pop a top in your honor. Your honor.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Cool, man. We never lost faith on the game post. I hope I'm wrong in my assessment of this trip through Philly and Pittsburgh. I'll gladly eat crow and even post some MMMbop lyrics if we split the rest of this trip.

    Go Cubs!

  • Crew just got shutout and the Dirty Birds are gettin’’s a GOOD day at sea!

  • Nice comeback to what coulda been a real bad day. 2 hits for KB, aside from the obvious "see, he IS clutch" take, is he heating up? Happ has a 25% strikeout rate since coming up from AAA and only 4 SOs in the past week (21 ABs, 19%). Second base is solved, until it isn't... And, it really IS possible to get Aquino out. Nice game.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Hi K% is actually 21.7% since coming up but I would have happily accepted 25% from a guy with a 33% career K rate. Regardless he's really showing something. I have never been an Ian Happ fan but he's turning my head right now.

  • In reply to TC154:

    You're right - I used ABs, not PAs to calculate. That's even better! Happ has had hot streaks in the past and this could prove to be one of them, but I'm hoping he has turned a corner. He's playing like he wants to be in the lineup every day. A bat a 2B is a welcome addition.

  • This was a GREAT win!!!! It looked bleak with Castillo dealing.

    Huge point was Kemp getting the run in with man on 3rd and less than 2 outs to make it 3-2. Caratini getting Happ over with no outs and a man on 2nd. THAT, my Denizens, is situational hitting at its finest. To be down 1 was a huge momentum swing instead of crapping out with 0 runs.

    Hopefully this sends us streaking!!!! In a non Will Farrell way. :-D. LOL.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    That was a great sequence, and I will add that we needed to get Castillo out of the game. He was due up first the next inning, and I was really concerned he would breeze through that inning and hit for himself. Even without the runs, I was hoping we would make him throw pitches, and we did. He was pulled before the inning was over.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    We need more cowbell!

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    Caratini's turned into situational hitting. But it took a heck of a play by the 2B to make the out. A guy with good speed beats that play out. Caratini almost got a hit. That would have been (potentially) even better. Funny things happen when you put the bat on the ball.

  • Lane Thomas just hit a grand slam to put Cardinals up. Where do they keep finding these guys? And they brought up another 22 year old reliever that throws a 98 mph sinker. Their minor league system never seems to be rated that high but always seems to provide them the pieces they need.
    Doesn’t matter though if we keep winning. I actually wouldn’t mind them getting a wild card & beating the Dodgers for us before the Cubs take them out in the NLCS. That would be fun

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    I like this thought process. Unlikely, but I like it.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Boy the pirates are really single handedly keeping the brewers and cards in this race. Those guys have just been pathetic recently even up 8-4 I felt very on edge about them holding that game. Think they’re on their way to becoming the new division bottom feeder

  • The one thing that is promising to me is that lately there have been many players stepping up and doing their part. In 2016, it was always next man up... This season, that's only been part of their M.O. for maybe about a 6 weeks time total. We need to keep that aspect going as a regular occurrence. The starters and bullpen will also look alot better if the offense produces anywhere close to their talent level.

    Each part of this team needs to take care of the others. Consistency with the bats help the pitchers relax. Defense will help the pitchers dominate. Solid starting pitching will allow the lineup to be patient and solve the opposing pitchers. Relief pitching needs to keep picking it where the starters leave off, or bring what the day's starter failed to bring, and give the bats a chance to produce. The sum of the parts needs to be greater than the whole.

    That's what I want to keep witnessing to believe this team will go deep into October. I think there MIGHT be a chance...

  • Thom Brennaman's call of the 7th inning is a thing of beauty. A little anger management might be in order. He was just stating a fact but calling out Lorenzen isn't something I'd recommend. That dude spends a lot of time in the weight room. Thom on the other hand?

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  • The Pirates should be banned from MLB TV. They really suck big time !

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  • Is there an audio of Brennaman's call from today? I would love to hear it. I used to like him, but he went over the deep end.

  • In reply to dad1:

    There is. I saw one on FBook. 12up or something like that. You could do a search & find it I’m sure.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I haven't had any luck searching. If anyone finds it, a link would be wonderful...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I’m not good at copy pasting linking, so hope this works.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Thank you! Don't know why that didn't come up on a search I did, but it's there at BN. Anything that upsets Thom Brennaman is good with me!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    You are welcome my friend. Yeah, he can’t stand the Cubs... so I’m good with it too, ha ha.

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    In reply to dad1:

    There's one on bleature nation...

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    In reply to dad1:

    Just listened to the audio. He's a fan. I actually don't have a problem with it. Unlike other sports who have general league broadcasters MLB broadcasters are almost always local (with the exception of some games broadcast by ESPN or FOX for national distribution). He's a fan. He was frustrated.

    I like Len and JD and think they keep an pretty even keel. However, it is fun to hear a broadcaster get upset along with his viewers. Not my style in general, but I can respect it as a style of his (and some others). The Cards broadcasters are "homers" too. It can make it fun.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Thom Brennaman is far more than a "homer" for the Reds, he has been openly hostile towards the Cubs and Cubs fans over the years, as has his dad, Marty. It isn't so much that he said anything "wrong" about Bryant's HR - it's just hard not to enjoy his angst about being beat by the Cubs.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    In defense of Thom, The extra "h" in his name stands for a life long in the tooth of just plain H orrible baseball teams.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I thought it was for "homer" -- silly me.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    There is a certain Schadenfreude involved. I too sometimes like to hear the angst in other teams.

    I truly don't care if a broadcaster is a "fan" for his team. There are some broadcasters like Len/JD, Vin Scully who applaud good baseball on either side. There are others like Brennaman, the Cards broadcasters, sometimes the Pirates, Steve Stone, who get mad at bad baseball, particularly by the team THEY broadcast for. Somewhat simplistically I refer to the first group as "baseball fans" and the 2nd as "Cards/Pirates/Reds fans." I realize it is more complicated than this but some people are just fans of good baseball. They can enjoy a masterful pitching performance for OR AGAINST their team. Others are endlessly frustrated by their team struggling.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Night and day difference though between Brennaman and the Milwaukee announcers.....those guys in Milwaukee are actually a pleasure to listen to and do a great job being objective.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yes, there are broadcast teams that I will listen to just to hear people who understand and love baseball.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    And then... Joe Morgan

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Please, I just ate lunch.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Cliff is right. Brennaman is not just a fan of the Reds. I don't know about yesterday's game, because I didn't hear it, but he has been openly hostile toward Cub teams ever since he was fired from the team. Maybe he has a legit grievance, but it should be time for him to turn the page by now.

    I remember one year, when they had a down year during the '00s, that he called their lineup nothing but a bunch of '5th place' hitters, meaning they are only good at one thing. He's the kind of guy who will kick them when they are down.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    That call reminds me of a Santo call. There was no greater homer than Ronny. "Un-be-LIEVE-able!" He would be totally exasperated.

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    In reply to JohnCC:

    YES! Santo was the same way. Somehow we all found it endearing in him and obnoxious in others. I don't have a problem with Santo. He was a fan. I think that was part of what endeared him to Cubs fans. He gave voice to their frustration.

  • Biggest most impactful HR of the year for Bryant, hopefully, it provides him more power confidence.

  • If it becomes a regular thing pay him. If not every end is a new beginning.

  • Found it, thanks.

  • Happy David Bote Day!

  • Is it me or did Happ's swing as a righty look different from last year? I remember his swing as a righty being pretty ugly, but last night it looked pretty good. I know it was a homer, but does anyone have any video comparison ability/interest?

  • Is only opinion on their part but was surprised to see the MLB power rankings listing the Cubs jumping to #4 from #10.....

  • Just saw this on the twitters (I haven't confirmed nor do I know if it's career numbers or this season):

    Kris Bryant
    Innings 7-9: .311 / .421 / .651 / 1.072
    Late & Close: .310 / .429 / .672 / 1.101

    Guys, it’s time for some of you to take the L and appreciate KB.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    I just read an article on bleacher report about KB & him being a clutch hitter. The numbers say he's been clutch, but there's other variables that don't make him look like one. Good read. It was posted this morning so it should still be easy to find.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    It's on Cubs Insider. It's mainly referring to this season.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    The late and close is his career numbers from baseball-reference.

    I would have to assume the "Innings 7-9" are career as well but I wasn't able to confirm that.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I posted a lot of his numbers a week ago to a post from "veteran" and the only weird things in his numbers was some well below average numbers with a runner on 2nd. But the number of at bats was so tiny as couple of hits in a row and all of a sudden he would be at his career numbers. The talk about not being clutch is myopic and ignorant.

    We should enjoy KB as a Cub. I hope we don't let him go and then see him in the HOF like Maddux. He is ours and we should keep him for life. Mike Schmidt was banged on quite a bit and then all of a sudden Philly fan looked up and realized they didn't enjoy the best 3B of all time (arguably).

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    I have been vocal for some time that I don't buy "clutch." For this reason I'm not going to get excited because he has some numbers that are "good" in "the clutch." Like you say, I'm going to enjoy him and watching a guy who puts together professional PAs more often than most.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Seeing Bryant in a Yankee uniform will make me throw up.

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    The only bright spot would be that he would be in the AL. Imagine if he stayed in the NLC on another team. I wouldn't want to face him 30+ AB's a season.

  • Jordan Bastian posted an excellent article breaking down Rowan Wick's sudden (?) ascension to an effective ML reliever, because of the grip on one secondary pitch. He went through the Cubs' pitching lab, and Hottovy found something (h/t to Michael Ernst for the heads-up):

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    That's a really good read, BP. And a stellar example of coaching and a player willing to trust technology and try something. He has been a solid acquisition. And one we didn't talk about NEARLY enough this past off-season. Sometimes it is those unheralded moves that make the biggest impact.

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