Game Eighty-Two – Cubs 10, Reds 4
WP – Kyle Hendricks (7-6) LP – Cody Reed (0-3) Save – None
Addison Russell delivered a two-out RBI single in the first and smacked a two-run homer in the sixth. Jason Heyward doubled in two runs with two down in the first inning hitting out of the sixth spot in the lineup. Kris Bryant launched a two-run homer in the second and Willson Contreras smacked a solo homer in the second.
Kyle Hendricks held the Reds to one run in 5 1/3 innings and the Cubs got back in the win column with a victory over the Reds on Independence Day at Wrigley Field.
The young Cubs’ lineup took care of business against the Reds on the Fourth of July. The Cubs hit three home runs and put multiple runs on the scoreboard in four of the first six innings. The only negative for the Cubs on Monday, in a game they really needed, was Kris Bryant leaving the game in the fifth with a bruise on his lower left leg. Bryant is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday afternoon.
Addison Russell (2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI) had a big day at the plate and celebrated his two-year anniversary with the Cubs by driving in three runs.
The Cubs put three runs on the board against lefty Cody Reed in the first inning again. The Cubs scored eight of the 10 runs on the afternoon off the rookie southpaw.
Kris Bryant (1-for-1 with a home run, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI) worked a one-out walk in the first and trotted to second when Willson Contreras (2-for-4 with a home run, a HBP and two runs scored) was hit by a pitch with two down.
Addison Russell ripped a 1-0 pitch into left. Bryant scored, 1-0 Cubs. With runners on first and second, Jason Heyward (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI) came through with a double to left center. Contreras and Russell scored, 3-0 Cubs. Jeimer Candelario (0-for-3 with two walks) was intentionally walked. Kyle Hendricks (1-for-3) struck out swinging to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks had another excellent outing against the Reds and pitched a 1-2-3 second inning. The Cubs went back to work against Reed in the second and played a little longball.
Javier Baez (1-for-6 with a run scored) hit leadoff Monday and reached with one out in the second on an error by Brandon Phillips. Kris Bryant stepped in and made it 5-0.
Kris Bryant launched his league leading 24th homer of the season, a two-run shot. Bryant’s 50th career home run gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead.
Willson Contreras put the Cubs up by six with a solo homer to left after Rizzo grounded out to second base. Russell lined out to left field to end the inning. After two complete, the Cubs had a 6-0 lead.
Kyle Hendricks gave up a two-out double to Zack Cozart in the third, the Reds first hit. Hendricks ended the inning when Suarez popped out to short.
The Cubs tacked on the fourth with help from the Reds defense. Baez singled, Bryant walked on four pitches and Rizzo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Contreras hit a bouncer to third. Baez was thrown out at the plate for the second out. Russell put the ball in play. Russell smoked a 1-0 pitch toward third that Eugenio Suarez could not handle. The ball ate him up, rolled under his legs and into shallow left. Baez and Bryant scored, 8-1 Cubs. With runners on second and third with two down, Heyward grounded out to short to end the inning.
Addison Russell capped the Cubs scoring with a two-run homer to left. The ball ended up in the basket and the Cubs took a 10-1 lead.
Kyle Hendricks kept the Reds off balance for his 5 1/3 innings. Hendricks was charged with one run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Hendricks and Contreras appeared to be on the same page. Maddon shortened up Hendricks a little on Monday after he threw a career-high 117 pitches last Wednesday against the Reds. Hendricks made 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Carl Edwards Jr. picked up the last two outs in the sixth. Travis Wood allowed three runs in his inning of work on two home runs. Zack Cozart (two-run homer) and Eugenio Suarez (solo homer) went back-to-back in the sixth.
Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon got their work in and combined on two-scoreless innings to close out the Cubs’ victory on Independence Day.
With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 52-30 on the season.
John Lackey takes on lefty Brandon Finnegan on Tuesday afternoon (1:20pm CDT) in the middle game with the Reds.