The Cincinnati Reds may have scored a run in the top of the first, but the Chicago Cubs quickly overcame that by Anthony Rizzo smashing a grand slam in their half of the first, making it a 4-1 game early.
Fun fact, all three of Rizzo’s grand slams have happened at Wrigley.
It’s a good thing the Cubs got that early lead, because John Lackey was pitching like his pre All Star break self (in the first two innings anyways). He loaded the bases in the first, and then again in the 2nd. Thankfully he had some great players behind him, preventing more from scoring.
Kyle Schwarber once again proved his worth while in the outfield, throwing spot on to catcher Alex Avila, preventing another run from scoring in the first, followed by Rizzo doing the same in the 2nd.
Avila added another run with an RBI single in the 3rd, making it 5-1.
Things got exciting in the 4th, when Lackey stole his first base of his career, following in Jon Lester’s footsteps (who did it in Atlanta in July). Maybe a homer will come next?
The Cubs were able to pad their lead, with pinch hitter Tommy La Stella’s RBI double in the 6th, making it 6-1 headed into the 7th.
Relief pitcher Hector Rondon allowed the Reds to add to their score after allowing a solo home run in the 7th, making it 6-2, and then allowing another long ball, this time a two run homer. Making the score 6-4. Brian Duensing came in to replace Rondon after that.
Carl Edwards Jr. came in in the 8th, allowing a two run homer and tying the game 6-6.
Manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the bottom of the 9th after arguing about Ben Zobrist offering at the ball. Even Zobrist started to argue. After his at bat, he was visibly mad in the dugout, slamming his helmet down. It was still a successful AB, it advanced the runners, but he was thrown out at first. Seeing Zobrist argue and be upset is like seeing Kris Bryant arguing. It just doesn’t happen.
Despite the Reds dramatic comeback, the Cubbies were able to regain the lead and win on a wild pitch, making the final score 7-6.
Not the most relaxing inning to watch, but the Cubbies will gladly take the W.
The Cubs still remain in first in the NL Central, and the series closer will take place tomorrow, then on to a weekend series against Toronto.