Game Seventy-Seven – Cubs 9, Reds 2
WP – Kyle Hendricks (6-6) LP – Cody Reed (0-2) Save – None
Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run inside-the-park home run. Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. went yard in the fourth inning. The Cubs scored multiple runs in four innings with seven different players driving in runs. Kyle Hendricks had an excellent outing, pitching into the seventh inning, as the Cubs completed the three-game sweep of the Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
An energetic young Cubs lineup jumped on Reds’ rookie southpaw Cody Reed and scored seven of the nine runs in the first four innings. While the offense was busy lighting up the scoreboard, Kyle Hendricks, with help from the defense, limited the Reds to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Kyle Hendricks pounded the strike zone and worked extremely well with Willson Contreras. Hendricks had a rough patch in the fourth in which he gave up two runs on several hard hit balls. Hendricks dialed back in and gave his team exactly what it needed.
Kyle Hendricks pitched into the seventh inning and allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Hendricks made a career-high 117 pitches, 80 for strikes, in 6 2/3 innings. Hendricks also picked up his first RBI of the season. Hendricks dropped down a perfect bunt in the seventh inning that allowed Matt Szczur to score on a safety squeeze.
The Cubs scored nine runs on 12 hits, five for extra bases. Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. hit home runs. Seven different Cubs drove in runs and each player in Joe Maddon’s starting lineup either scored a run or had a RBI on Wednesday afternoon. Javier Baez had three hits. Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant set the tone at the top of the lineup by reaching base a combined five times while scoring four runs.
The Cubs pummeled the Reds in a game that reliever Jumbo Diaz threw at and hit Kris Bryant. The Reds showed exactly how classless and clueless they are by hitting Kris Bryant. The Cubs did not respond, but chances are Bryant’s teammates will not forget what happened Wednesday.
The Cubs did not look like a team Wednesday afternoon that played 15 innings the night before. And it was the oldest player in the starting lineup that set the tone for the entire game.
Ben Zobrist (2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored) bunted Cody Reed’s first pitch of the game up the third baseline. Kris Bryant (2-for-4 with a HBP and a run scored) followed with a single to right center. Zobrist hustled to third and put runners on the corners with no outs.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI) drove a 1-0 pitch to deep left center. Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall went after the ball. Both players thought they had a play. Duvall crossed in front of Hamilton and appeared to tip the ball just enough that Hamilton could not catch it. The ball hit Hamilton in the face and bounced back to left field. Zobrist and Bryant scored easily … and Rizzo rumbled around the bases and scored. Rizzo’s first inside-the-park home run gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Billy Hamilton had to leave the game with a contusion on the left side of the face. Hamilton was being checked for a possible concussion.
The Cubs added on in the third inning and it was Ben Zobrist that started the scoring. Zobrist led off the third with a single to center. After Bryant and Rizzo struck out swinging, Willson Contreras (1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI) doubled to left center. Zobrist scored, 4-0 Cubs.
Javier Baez (3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a RBI) followed with a single to center, Contreras scored and the Cubs took a 5-0 lead.
The Cubs defense stepped up in the bottom of the third and kept the Reds from chipping in to the five-run hole. Kyle Hendricks retired Cody Reed and Tyler Holt for the first two outs. Hendricks walked Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips singled to left. Jay Bruce smoked a 1-2 pitch into right. Ben Zobrist charged and threw a strike to the plate. Contreras tagged out Votto to end the inning.
Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a home run and two walks) led off the fourth with a solo homer to left center, 6-0 Cubs.
Albert Almora Jr. (1-for-3 with a home run and a walk) stepped in with one down and drove a 1-1 pitch from Reed into the stands in right center. Almora Jr. circled the bases, really fast, after hitting the first home run of his big league career.
Kyle Hendricks took the hill for the bottom of the fourth with a 7-0 lead. Hendricks gave up more hard contact and a couple of runs before finding his rhythm again. Adam Duvall led off the fourth with a solo home run. A single by Jose Peraza and a ground rule double by Tucker Barnhart put runners on second and third with one out. Zack Cozart hit for Cody Reed and grounded out to Russell. Peraza scored the Reds second and final run on the afternoon.
The Cubs scored the last two runs on the afternoon in the seventh inning.
Javier Baez doubled to right center with one out. Matt Szczur (1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI) followed with a single to center. Baez scored, 8-2 Cubs. A walk by Addison Russell and a passed ball with Hendricks at the plate put runners on second and third with one out. Bryan Price brought his infield in. Maddon called for the safety squeeze. Hendricks and Szczur executed perfectly, 9-2 Cubs.
Kyle Hendricks turned the game over to Justin Grimm with two outs and nobody on in the seventh. Grimm struggled with his command and walked Joey Votto. Almora Jr. bailed Grimm out of trouble with a diving catch in right center to end the inning.
Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Grimm in the bottom of the eighth after a double (Jay Bruce) and a walk (Adam Duvall) put runners on first and second with no outs. Edwards Jr. was rather impressive for the second straight game. Edwards Jr. retired Suarez on a fly out to right. Ramon Cabrera hit for Jumbo Diaz and struck out swinging.
Willson Contreras threw out Adam Duvall trying to steal second with his team down by seven runs to end the inning.
Carl Edwards Jr. retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning to end the game.
Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr., Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo stood out defensively as the Cubs completed the sweep of the Redlegs.
With Wednesday win, the Cubs improved to 51-26 on the season.
The Cubs kick off a four-game series against the Mets on Thursday night (6:10pm CDT). John Lackey faces Steven Matz in the opener at Citi Field.