The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds duked it out in the series finale.
Jon Lester started out hot, needing only 6 pitches to get through the first inning, but things quickly fell apart in the 2nd, when Lester gave up four consecutive singles, allowing two runs to score with no outs. Jose Peraza was able to bring in two more runs with a RBI single with two outs, followed by a Joey Votto three run homer making it 7-0 in the 2nd. Another run was scored, making it 8-0 in the 2nd. After that run scored, Lester came out of the game, apparently due to an injury of some sorts. There was nothing visibility wrong, but he called out a trainer and after a quick discussion, came out of the game. Mike Montgomery came in to replace him walking the first batter he faced and allowing another run to score, but thanks to the speedy Alex Avila tagging out Scooter Gennett trying to add another run, the long, bizarre 2nd inning finally came to an end, with the score 9-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd.
It was going to be a job for the Comeback Cubs.
Ian Happ hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second, and the Cubs were finally on the board 9-1 going into the 3rd.
Kris Bryant started the 4th with a bang, hitting his 23 home run of the year, making the score 9-2. Anthony Rizzo followed with a double, and an Avila two run homer, making the score 9-4, followed immediately by Happ smashing his second home run of the game, followed by Javier Baez cranking one of his own. 3 long balls in a row, 4 in the 4th inning alone. The last time the Cubbies hit three in a row was September 2004. 9-6 going into the 5th.
Kyle Schwarber got in on the home run madness with one of his own to lead off the 5th, with the score now at 9-7 with no outs. KB was hit by a pitch, bringing up Anthony Rizzo who doubled, bringing in Bryant. It was now 9-8 with no outs. Avila delivered with a clutch RBI double, bringing in Rizzo, tying the game 9-9.
The Reds weren’t going down without a fight though. Phillip Ervin hit a two run homer off of Justin Grimm in the 7th, breaking the tie and changing the score to 11-9.
The Cubs were able to make some noise in their half of the 7th, having men on the corners, one out, and Happ batting. He had a sac fly, allowing Ben Zobrist to score, making it a 11-10 ball game.
The Reds were able to add to their lead in the 8th, making it 12-10, and then another insurance run in the 9th, making it 13-10.
In the end, the Cubs just weren’t able to muster a second comeback.
The Cubs are still in first place at the time of this writing, and will start a weekend series against Toronto tomorrow. Former Cubs catcher Miguel Montero may or may not be back at Wrigley.