Game One Hundred Thirty – Cubs 6, Reds 13
WP – Ryan Mattheus (2-4) LP – Justin Grimm (2-4, BS 2) Save – Aroldis Chapman (26)
The Cubs scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth and took a 5-3 lead into the sixth. Justin Grimm served up two, two-run homers in the sixth. And the Reds cruised to a victory over the Cubs on Monday night at the old ballyard.
The Cubs were not prepared to play and hopefully the loss the team suffered will serve as a wake-up call. The Reds won for just the third time in 17 games Monday night (3-14).
The game was closer than the final score. The Reds were given six runs in the ninth inning and turned a 7-5 advantage in to a blowout. Travis Wood walked the bases loaded with two outs before Joe Maddon went back to his pen. James Russell got the groundball he needed, but Starlin Castro did not make the play and his first of two errors in the ninth opened the door to a huge inning.
The Reds scored six runs, all unearned, on six hits, three walks and two Starlin Castro errors in the ninth inning. Castro (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) was charged with three errors Monday night and his mistakes outweighed the good plays he made in the field.
Kyle Hendricks had an inconsistent outing. Hendricks had good command from time-to-time Monday but still pitched from behind in the count too often for him to be effective in the big leagues. Hendricks appeared to struggled with his release point which led to deep counts and a short outing. Hendricks left after five innings. Hendricks has to make the other team earn it, and Monday he gave the Reds four baserunners.
Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs on five hits with three walks, a HBP and four strikeouts on 92 pitches, 52 for strikes.
Justin Grimm lasted just a third of an inning but gave up four runs on a pair of two-run homers, one by Eugenio Suarez and the other by pinch-hitter Adam Duvall in his first at bat with the Reds.
Cubs’ pitching surrendered 13 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits with seven walks and a HBP while striking out only seven batters.
Dexter Fowler (2-for-5 with a home run and a double), Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored) and Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI) combined on six of the Cubs nine hits on the night. Fowler gave the Cubs a short-lived 1-0 lead in the third with a solo homer to left. Russell had a huge night. Russell doubled in two of the four runs in the fifth and tied the game at three. Russell launched a home run off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth for the sixth run. Bryant reached base three times and drove in a run. And Kyle Schwarber (1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the fifth with a seeing-eye single.
With Monday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 74-56 on the season.
Kyle Hendricks completed a 1-2-3 third inning. Hendricks made 46 pitches, 29 for strikes, in the first three innings.
Hendricks led off the bottom of the third of a scoreless game and grounded out to third. Addison Russell went down swinging (2-2 pitch) for the second out.
Dexter Fowler lifted a 2-0 pitch to left. The ball landed in the basket and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging to end the inning. Michael Lorenzen threw 45 pitches, 31 for strikes, in three innings.
The Cubs led 1-0 after three complete.
Jay Bruce led off the fourth and bounced back to Hendricks for the first out. Joey Votto smoked a 3-0 pitch back up the middle and into center. With Votto at first and one out, Brandon Phillips lined out to second. Castro made a bad decision and tried to double off Votto. He did not have a play. Castro’s throw was well out of Rizzo’s reach, Votto went to second on the error. Hendricks walked Todd Frazier. Ivan DeJesus Jr. singled to center (2-2 pitch), Votto scored and tied the game at one. With two on and two down, Eugenio Suarez flied out to Bryant in right (2-1 pitch) to end the inning … 68 pitches for Hendricks after four innings, 39 for strikes.
The Cubs managed a Kris Bryant two-out single to center in the fourth, but Tommy La Stella lined out to center to end the inning.
The game went to the fifth tied at one.
Kyle Hendricks plunked Michael Lorenzen with a 0-1 pitch with one down in the fifth. Jason Bourgeois singled to left. Hendricks struck out Jay Bruce swinging for the second out. Maddon elected to intentionally walk Joey Votto to load the bases.
Brandon Phillips lashed a 2-1 pitch from Hendricks into left. Lorenzen and Bourgeois scored, 3-1 Reds. Hendricks struck out Frazier swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.
Starlin Castro led off the fifth with a double down the left field line. Chris Denorfia batted for Hendricks. Lorenzen walked Denorfia and put two on with no outs. Addison Russell pulled a 0-2 pitch into the left field corner. DeJesus Jr. bobbled the ball. Both Castro and Denorfia scored on a double by Russell and tied the game at three. Fowler flied out to deep center. Russell did not tag.
Kyle Schwarber hit a seeing-eye single to center. Russell scored, 4-3 Cubs. Coghlan flied out to center. Anthony Rizzo was hit by Lorenzen’s first pitch. Bryan Price decided that was enough and went to his pen for Ryan Mattheus.
Kris Bryant hit a grounder back up the middle that Phillips could not field cleanly but he kept it from rolling into the outfield. Schwarber did not break stride and scored when the ball squirted away from Phillips. Rizzo tried to advance to third and was thrown out to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 5-3 lead after five innings.
Justin Grimm started the sixth and had nothing. Joe Maddon did not have a short-enough leash and the Reds took the lead before Grimm could record an out.
Grimm walked Ivan DeJesus Jr. to start the inning. Eugenio Suarez went opposite field and tied the game with a booming two-run homer to right. Tucker Barnhart singled to right (0-2 pitch). Adam Duvall made his Reds debut and gave his new team the lead. Duvall crushed a 1-2 pitch from Grimm, the ball sailed over the left field wall and out of Wrigley … the Reds took a 7-5 lead on a pair of two-run homers. Bourgeois flied out to right and Maddon went to his pen for lefty Clayton Richard.
Richard retired Bruce (flyout to center) and Votto (grounder to short) to finally end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Collin Balester in the sixth.
The Reds led 7-5 after six innings.
After Fernando Rodney and Tommy Hunter kept the Reds off the board in the seventh and eighth innings, the Cubs put the tying runs on base in the eighth against J.J. Hoover. Chris Coghlan led off the eighth with a double. Rizzo struck out swinging but Kris Bryant walked.
Bryan Price went to his pen for Aroldis Chapman.
Tommy La Stella could not check his swing on a 1-2 pitch and was called out. Maddon called for a double steal with Castro at the plate. Barnhart threw out Bryant at second to end the inning.
The Reds had a 7-5 lead after eight innings.
Travis Wood started the ninth by issuing back-to-back walks to Bruce and Votto. Phillips flied out to center and Wood caught Frazier looking for the second out. Wood walked DeJesus Jr. and Maddon went to the pen. James Russell replaced Wood and Suarez appeared to ground out to second to end the inning. Castro stopped the ball, but left it on the ground. Castro then made a high throw to Rizzo, Bruce scored … 8-5 Reds. With the bases still loaded, Barnhart singled to center. Votto and pinch-runner Ryan LaMarre scored, 10-5 Reds. Aroldis Chapman hit for himself and rolled out to Russell … but Castro did not cover the bag right away, then did not catch the baseball. Suarez scored, 11-5 Reds. With runners on the corners and two down, Bourgeois doubled to left. Barnhart and Chapman scored, 13-5 Reds. Jay Bruce grounded out to Castro to finally end the inning.
Bryan Price left Chapman in for the ninth. After Castro struck out swinging, Matt Szczur lined out to left. Addison Russell cranked a solo shot into the bleachers in left center … 13-6 Reds. Fowler was called out on strikes to end the game.
Dan Haren faces Anthony DeSclafani on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT) in game two of three with the Reds.