Game Seven – Cubs 5, Reds 3
WP – Adam Warren (1-0) LP – Tony Cingrani (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (2)
The Cubs completed the comeback win in dramatic fashion on Monday night at Wrigley. After being no-hit for the first 6 2/3 innings of the game, Jason Heyward delivered a two-out, two-run single on a 0-2 pitch in the seventh and cut the deficit to 3-2.
Addison Russell stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth with one out, Ben Zobrist on second and Jorge Soler on first. Bryan Price replaced lefty Tony Cingrani with right-hander Jumbo Diaz with Russell due up.
Addison Russell jumped on the first pitch and pulled the 95 mph fastball into the bleachers in left center. The Cubs took a 5-3 lead and Russell’s three-run blast rocked Wrigley Field.
Hector Rondon struck out the side in the ninth, all three looking, to end the game.
The Cubs won the first game of a season at Wrigley Field since 2010. Monday’s home opener will not soon be forgotten.
The Cubs offense could not get anything going against Brandon Finnegan. The Cubs had good at-bats and squared up several balls, but nothing to show for it through six innings.
David Ross (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) broke up Finnegan’s no-hit bid with a two out single in the seventh. Matt Szczur hit for Trevor Cahill and walked. Bryan Price made the slow walk and took out Brandon Finnegan. Caleb Gotham walked Dexter Fowler (0-for-3 with a walk) to load the bases for Jason Heyward. Price went back to his pen for lefty Tony Cingrani.
Jason Heyward (1-for-4 with two RBI) quickly fell behind 0-2 before he lashed a single into right. Ross and Szczur scored and made it a one-run game. Kris Bryant (0-for-4) grounded out to short to end the inning.
Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a walk) led off the eighth and grounded out to short. Ben Zobrist (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) walked. Jorge Soler (0-for-3 with a HBP and a run scored) put together an excellent at bat. Soler did not chase, worked a full count and was hit by a 3-2 pitch in the dirt that skipped up and hit him. Jumbo Diaz replaced Cingrani with two on and one down.
Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) received a curtain call after he rounded the bases following the majestic three-run homer.
The Cubs scored five runs on three hits, seven walks and a HBP.
Jon Lester technically turned in a quality start Monday night. His outing was anything but that in the Cubs home opener. Lester really struggled with his command in the first inning and could not find a rhythm whatsoever. Lester pitched behind in the count with very few quality strikes. Monday was the exact opposite of the way he pitched in Anaheim.
Lester gave up a run in a 24-pitch first inning, served up a home run to Billy Hamilton and let Brandon Finnegan beat him on a 0-2 pitch. Lester intentionally walked Adam Duvall in the fourth to face Finnegan with runners on the corners and two outs. Finnegan singled to left center and if it wasn’t for Fowler taking an excellent route to the ball, Finnegan would have plated two with his base knock.
Jon Lester left after six innings. Lester allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts on 100 pitches, 64 strikes.
Trevor Cahill replaced Lester for the seventh, allowed a hit and struck out a batter.
Adam Warren picked up the win with a scoreless eighth. And Hector Rondon made quick work of the Reds in the ninth, three strikeouts, all looking on 12 pitches.
With Monday’s win the Cubs improved to 6-1 on the young season.
Tuesday is a day off for the Cubs. John Lackey faces Alfredo Simon on Wednesday night (7:05pm CDT) when the three-game series with the Reds resumes.