The Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds met for their series closer Thursday. The Cubs were going for the sweep, and their sixth straight win.
Cubs scored first, off of an Ian Happ solo home run in the 2nd, his 19th of the season. He also was “interviewed” by Tommy La Stella, the dugout’s latest shenanigan for when a home run occurs. The Cubbies had the early lead 1-0 going to the bottom of the 2nd.
Kris Bryant, returning from his day off yesterday due to the hand injury he suffered on Tuesday, took a page out of Javier Baez’s book, with a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the 2nd.
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and catcher Rene Rivera got off to a great start, beautifully striking out the first four batters faced. He didn’t allow a hit until the 4th, off of an error on Kris Bryant, which came around to score off of a Joey Votto RBI single, tying it 1-1 going to the 5th.
Baez broke the tie in the 6th, with an RBI single, although he reached second thanks to the throw to home, giving the Cubs the lead back. 2-1 going to the bottom of the 6th
The Cubs defense had a couple of problems during the game, resulting in runners on bases, and that run that the Reds brought in. Not a big deal right now, but if they don’t start communicating, not even “The Magician” can help them.
Arrieta was replaced by Brian Duensing, after leaving the bases loaded with two outs in the 6th. The Cubs got out of the inning unscathed thankfully, leaving the score 2-1 going to the 7th.
The Reds took the lead in the 8th, after an RBI double by Jose Peraza, changing the score 2-3, then a wild pitch brought in another run, giving the Reds a 2-4 lead.
Despite the loss, Cubs still win the series, and remain in first place in the NL Central, and are off to Philadelphia for a three game series against the Phillies, it’s also the highly anticipated Player’s Weekend.