The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds started a four game set on Monday.
Starting pitcher Jose Quintana, who has been struggling as of late, struggled in the second inning, but in the end, the Cubbies bats delivered.
Anthony Rizzo seemingly got out of whatever slump he was in, and delivered an RBI single in the 1st, making it 2-0 going into the 2nd.
Quintana had a sloppy, and long, 2nd inning, hitting a batter, loading the bases, and on a simple toss to home, got an error, allowing a run to score, making it 2-1, and then allowing another run, making it a tied game in the 2nd. Although it could have been worse if it hadn’t been for Kyle Schwarber. His aggressive throw to home saved a run from scoring.
The home half of the 3rd got off to a nice start, with Jon Jay leading off with a double, followed by a Tommy La Stella single. However, the Cubs were not able to bring either runner in, even with a Schwarber hit by pitch, leaving the bases loaded for Alex Avila who couldn’t deliver.
Jon Jay delivered with an RBI triple in the 4th to break the tie, making it 3-2 Cubs. La Stella hit a RBI single, making it 4-2, followed by a 2 run homer by Kris Bryant, and then a solo homer by Rizzo, making it 7-2 going into the 5th.
The Cubs added to their lead, thanks to a Mike Montgomery two run double, making it 9-2, followed by a La Stella sac fly, reaching on an error, with the score now at 10-2. Rizzo then added two to the score, with an RBI single, followed by a Schwarber RBI single, making the score 13-2.
The Reds were able to add two in the 8th off a Scooter Gennett two run homer, making it 13-4, followed by another run, making it 13-5 going into the bottom of the 8th.
Things got even more interesting when in the bottom of the 8th, Reds second baseman Gennett took the mound to pitch. He walked Jason Heyward, and Javier Baez homered, making it 15-5.
Cubs win. Cubs win big.
They are still in first place in the NL central, and keep their winning streak alive.