Game One Hundred Fifty-Seven – Cubs 4, Reds 1
WP – Dan Haren (10-9, 3-2) LP – Josh Smith (0-3) Save – Travis Wood (3)
Dan Haren tossed 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball as Cubs’ pitchers allowed just three hits and an unearned run. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning with Tommy La Stella, Miguel Montero and Javier Baez driving in the runs. And the Cubs took game one from the Reds on Tuesday night in the Queen City.
Dan Haren turned in a good outing against the Reds. Haren threw strikes and recorded routine out after routine out. The Reds made very little hard contact. Haren had good command Tuesday night, pitched ahead in the count and did not walk a batter.
Dan Haren was lifted with one out in the eighth after he surrendered a double to Tucker Barnhart. Carl Edwards Jr. picked up the last two outs in the eighth and closed the book on Haren.
In 7 1/3 scoreless innings, Haren gave up three hits and no walks while striking out six. Haren made 100 pitches, 69 for strikes.
Carl Edwards Jr. did not allow a hit in his inning of work but was charged with the Reds only run of the night. Austin Jackson misplayed a routine fly into a three-base error in the ninth and Jason Bourgeois scored on a grounder to first off the bat of Ivan DeJesus Jr. Edwards Jr. walked Joey Votto with one out in the ninth.
Travis Wood made two pitches, recorded two outs and recorded his third save of the season.
The Cubs offense jumped on Josh Smith in the first inning after rain delayed the start of the game for two hours and 31 minutes. Tommy La Stella (1-for-2 with a HBP and a sac fly RBI) drove in Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a run scored) with a sac fly to center. Miguel Montero (2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI and a run scored) doubled in Kyle Schwarber (2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored) and Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a walk, a HBP and a run scored). Javier Baez (1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI) plated Montero with a single to right.
Three of the Cubs four runs on the night scored on two-out hits.
The Cubs ended up with eight hits and six walks. Kyle Schwarber was on base four times in five at bats. Dexter Fowler scored for the 100th time this season and Miguel Montero passed the 500 RBI (501) mark for his career with the first inning double.
Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch for the 30th time on the year in the first inning. Rizzo joined Don Baylor (1986) as the only two players in the history of the game with 30 or more home runs and 30 or more hit by pitches in the same season … a 30-30 Club.
The Cubs were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. Chris Coghlan (0-for-4 with three strikeouts) had a rough night and left six runners on base in four at bats.
With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 92-65 on the season.
After rain delayed the start of the game for two hours and 31 minutes, the Cubs jumped on Josh Smith in the first inning. Dexter Fowler singled to center (2-2 pitch) and jogged to second when Kyle Schwarber took ball four. Kris Bryant expanded his strike zone and went down swinging. Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch for the 30th time on the season and loaded the bases with one out.
Tommy La Stella lined a 3-2 pitch into center field. The ball took off on Jason Bourgeois. He made a leaping catch before slipping and falling on the wet grass. Fowler tagged from third and scored, 1-0 Cubs.
Miguel Montero laced the first pitch from Josh Smith into the right field corner. Schwarber and Rizzo scored on Montero’s double, 3-0 Cubs. Montero surpassed 500 career RBI with the two-run double. Javier Baez punched a 1-1 pitch into right center. Montero hustled home, 4-0 Cubs. Baez went to second when Jay Bruce overran the ball and he went to third when Bruce threw it away. Haren grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. Josh Smith threw 24 pitches, 13 for strikes, in the first inning.
The Cubs scored four runs on three hits with a walk and a hit by pitch in the first inning.
Dan Haren completed an economical first inning … three up, three down in the first on 12 pitches, seven for strikes.
The Cubs had a 4-0 lead after one complete.
The Cubs were not able to add to the lead. The offense had plenty of opportunities to tack on against Josh Smith and the Reds pen. The Cubs were 2-for-9 with RISP after eight innings and left 12 men on base. Dan Haren did his part, and then some. Haren took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning.
Haren started the eighth by retiring Eugenio Suarez on a fly out to center (2-2 pitch). Tucker Barnhart drove a 0-1 pitch down the left field line. Barnhart motored into second with a double and Joe Maddon went to his pen for Carl Edwards Jr.
Edwards Jr. struck out Adam Duvall swinging and pinch-hitter Brayan Pena lined out to La Stella at second base to end the inning.
The game went to the ninth with the Cubs leading 4-0.
Aroldis Chapman made his way in from the pen for the ninth. Montero worked a one out walk and went to second when Baez grounded out to third base. Maddon let Carl Edwards Jr. bat for himself. After taking three straight out of the zone, Chapman struck him out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning
Edwards Jr. appeared to retire Bourgeois on a routine fly to right for the first out in the ninth. Austin Jackson lost the ball in the lights, the ball hit off his glove and Bourgeois ended up at third base on E9. Ivan DeJesus Jr. grounded a 2-2 pitch to Rizzo. Bourgeois scored as Rizzo flipped to Edwards Jr. covering first for the out … 4-1 Cubs. Joey Votto walked on four pitches and Maddon went and got Edwards Jr.
Travis Wood made two pitches and recorded two outs. Skip Schumaker rolled a 1-0 pitch to Addison Russell at short, 6-4-3 game ending double play.
Jon Lester takes on Anthony DeSclafani on Wednesday night (6:10pm CDT) in game two with the Reds.