Game One Hundred Thirty-One – Cubs 5, Reds 4
WP – Fernando Rodney (1-0, 6-5) LP – Burke Badenhop (1-4, BS 2) Save – Hector Rondon (25)
Kyle Schwarber stepped in with two outs, Dexter Fowler on first base and the Cubs down 4-3 in the seventh inning. Schwarber annihilated a 3-2 pitch from Reds’ reliever Burke Badenhop. The ball ended up in the left center field bleachers in a hurry after traveling 432 feet. And the Cubs beat the Reds on Tuesday night at the old ballyard.
The Cubs played from behind all night and did not take their first lead until the seventh inning. The Cubs rallied three different times and scored all five runs Tuesday night on two-out hits.
Kyle Schwarber (2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored) had his best game at the plate in a couple of weeks. Schwarber not only hit the game winner, but he was on base and scored twice on a pair of Kris Bryant (3-for-4 with two RBI) singles. Miguel Montero (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI) tied the game at three with a two-out single in the sixth.
The Cubs offense did just enough Tuesday night against a starting pitcher in Anthony DeSclafani that they struggled against in three other games this season. The Cubs scored five runs on nine hits with three walks.
Javier Baez (0-for-4 with a strikeout) played second and shortstop in his return to the big leagues. Baez hit a sac fly to right in the eighth that put Montero at third with one out. Baez appeared a lot more in control than he did a year ago. Austin Jackson (0-for-2) made his Cubs’ debut. Jackson hit for Fernando Rodney in the seventh and finished the game in right field.
Dan Haren had a solid start. Haren made two mistakes that accounted for both of the runs he gave up Tuesday. Joey Votto hit a solo homer in the first inning. And Anthony DeSclafani drove in the go ahead run with a single in the fifth. Haren allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Haren threw 73 pitches, 44 for strikes, in five innings.
Clayton Richard served up back-to-back doubles to Jay Bruce and Joey Votto to start the sixth. After the Reds added to their lead, Joe Maddon replaced Richard before he had a chance to record an out.
Justin Grimm cleaned up Richard’s mess with help from a game-changing play by Anthony Rizzo.
With Votto on second and no outs in the sixth, Brandon Phillips hit a smash toward first. Rizzo fielded and threw across the diamond to nail Votto at third for the out.
Fernando Rodney gave up a Wrigley Field, wind-blown homer to Eugenio Suarez to start the seventh. Suarez thought he hit a routine fly and slammed his bat down as he jogged to first base. Rodney was sharp and retired the next three batters he faced.
Pedro Strop pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning … and Hector Rondon set the Reds down in order in the ninth.
With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 75-56 on the season.
Dan Haren struck out the first two batters he faced Tuesday night. Both Jason Bourgeois and Jay Bruce went down swinging. Joey Votto drove Haren’s first pitch into the bleachers in left center. And the no-doubter gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. Brandon Phillips flied out to Coghlan in right to end the inning. Haren made 15 pitches, 10 for strikes, in the first inning.
The Cubs went down in order against Anthony DeSclafani in the first inning (11 pitches, nine strikes).
After one, the Reds led 1-0.
With the Reds still leading 1-0, Haren caught Jay Bruce looking for the first out in the fourth. Joey Votto walked and went to second on a single to left from Brandon Phillips. Haren was able to wiggle out of the jam. Frazier flied out to center (2-1 pitch) and Ivan DeJesus Jr. dribbled a 2-1 pitch in front of the plate. Montero threw him out at first to end the inning … 60 pitches for Haren after four innings, 36 for strikes.
Kyle Schwarber walked to start the fourth. Coghlan hit a bouncer to the hole at second. Schwarber advanced to second as Phillips threw out Coghlan. Rizzo popped out to third for the second out.
Kris Bryant blooped a 2-1 pitch to right. The ball fell in and with two down, Schwarber scored from second and tied the game at one. Montero struck out swinging to end the inning. DeSclafani needed 63 pitches, 46 for strikes, to complete four innings.
At the end of four, the game was tied at one.
Dan Haren retired Suarez on a flyout to right to start the fifth. Tucker Barnhart doubled to left center (2-2 pitch). Fowler was playing rather shallow but the ball appeared to sail on him. Anthony DeSclafani singled to left and gave the Reds a 2-1 lead. Jason Bourgeois grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
The Cubs went down in order in the fifth. And the Reds led 2-1 after five innings.
The Reds tacked on in the sixth. Clayton Richard replaced Haren and gave up back-to-back doubles to Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. Bruce scored on the Votto double to left and gave the Reds a 3-1 lead. Joe Maddon made the slow walk and switched out Richard for Justin Grimm.
Anthony Rizzo changed the game when Phillips hit a sharp one-hopper (1-1 pitch) his way. Rizzo fielded the ball cleanly and threw a strike to Bryant at third. Bryant applied the tag on Votto for the first out. Phillips stole second with Frazier at the plate. Grimm caught Frazier looking at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Phillips swiped third with DeJesus Jr. at the dish. Grimm struck out DeJesus Jr. swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.
After Fowler lined out to right (2-0 pitch) to start the sixth, Kyle Schwarber smoked a 3-2 pitch back up the middle and into center. DeSclafani had to duck to get out of the way of the ball. Chris Coghlan put together an excellent nine-pitch at bat that ended with a walk. With runners on first and second and one down, Rizzo popped up a 3-2 pitch (infield fly) that Frazier caught near the mound for the second out.
Kris Bryant singled to left (3-1 pitch). Schwarber scored and cut the Reds lead to 3-2. Bryan Price decided that was enough for Anthony DeSclafani and brought in Sam LeCure to face Montero.
Miguel Montero drove a 1-2 pitch past a diving Suarez and into left center. Coghlan scored and tied the game at three. Bryant went to third. With runners on the corners, Javier Baez rolled a 0-2 pitch up the first baseline to end the inning.
The game was tied at three after six innings.
Fernando Rodney started the seventh and Eugenio Suarez gave the Reds the lead with a wind-blown solo homer to left. Suarez thought he hit a routine fly, he slammed his bat in disgust. Rodney struck out Barnhart (looking) and pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker (swinging). Bourgeois grounded out to Rizzo to end the inning.
Burke Badenhop took over in the seventh with the Reds leading 4-3. Tommy La Stella flied out to left and Austin Jackson grounded out to short. Dexter Fowler singled to right.
Kyle Schwarber launched a 3-2 pitch to left center. The ball traveled 432 feet into the bleachers and the Cubs took a 5-4 lead.
Chris Coghlan hit a 3-1 pitch down the left field line. The ball hopped into the stands for a ground rule double. Anthony Rizzo walked and Price finally pulled Badenhop. Jumbo Diaz took over and Bryant just missed a three-run homer to left. Bryant appeared to hit Diaz’s first pitch off the end of the bat. And DeJesus Jr. caught the ball on the track to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 5-4 lead after seven innings.
Pedro Strop pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Hector Rondon made his way to the mound for the ninth with the Cubs up 5-4 after not cashing in Montero’s leadoff double and sac fly from Baez in the eighth.
Hector Rondon hit 100pmh on the radar gun in the ninth, recorded three outs on 12 pitches (Frazier grounder to short, DeJesus Jr. swinging strikeout and Suarez swinging strikeout) to the end the ballgame.
Jason Hammel faces Raisel Iglesias in the finale of the three-game series with the Reds on Wednesday afternoon (1:20pm CDT).