Cubs fans have reason to feel better after their three game sweep of the Reds. Reds pitching seems to have a way of reviving Cubs bats. Thursday's game highlighted that. Javy Baez's grand slam was the key blow in the Cubs 9-5 win over the Reds. Baez went 3-3 on the day and Kris Bryant also homered. Ian Happ added 2 hits and a walk.
Jon Lester gave the Cubs a quality start, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs. Jon was actually was better than his line would indicate. Lester was unscored upon in the first 5 innings, but was touched up in the 6th. His line was made worse by Hector Rondon allowing 2 inherited runs to score. The Reds threatened in the 9th, loading the bases on Brian Duensing. Koji Uehara was then called upon and closed things out with minimal damage.
Thursday's win comes on the heels of the Cubs 7-5 win Wednesday night. Kyle Hendricks gave the Cubs a quality start, going 6 innings and giving up 2 earned run. The win raised Hendricks' record to 3-2 and lowers his ERA to 3.35. Mike Montgomery had a hiccup in relief, getting touched up for 3 runs in .2 innings. Even at that, his ERA sits at only 2.10. Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a scoreless 8th and Wade Davis pitched a scoreless 9th for his 9th save. I love the way Davis doesn't have a lot of drama when he closes a game out.
The Cubs scored 5 runs in the 2nd and another 2 runs in the 3rd and then hung on. Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo each had 2 RBIs. Even with Schwarber warming up, his batting average still sits at .188. If Kyle's OPS isn't at least .800, he's not helping. It currently is at the .673.
The White Sox seem to have begun their descent into a meaningless season, at least in terms of wins and losses. The Sox were swept by the Angels. Wednesday night's game was by a score of 12-8. Obviously the Sox put some runs on the board, but both the starters and reliefs.
Sox starter, Miguel Gonzalez, was plagued by wildness, walking 5 in 5 .2 innings. Gonzalez gave up 5 runs, raising his ERA to 4.29 and dropping his record to 3-4. The bullpen, in a rare development this season, was hit hard. Anthony Swarzak faced 3 hitters and gave up 3 runs, culminating in a three run homer to Mike Trout. Michael Ynoa was also cuffed around, giving up 4 runs in .1 innings. Hopefully that was an anomaly.
Last year the Sox bullpen was effective early on, but cave in. Hopefully overwork won't lead to that happening again.
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