Ivy’s Roundup: Let’s Just Call This a Sweep

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The Chicago Cubs are treading water until some guys come back from the disabled list or more reinforcements arrive from the farm system.  I think they’re doing okay.  How about you?

Here we go…

Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ballpark

4/24: W

Cubs 7, Reds 3

W: Motte (1-0) L: Badenhop (0-1) 

The Cubs lost the last two games vs. the Pirates; it was the first time that they lost back to back games this season. They could have lost Friday’s game but just like they have done so before, the Cubs found a way to win. And they did so in style as both teams wore replicas of their 1990 uniforms for the game. They escaped a bases-loaded jam before taking advantage of one of their own. It was a 3-3 game in the top of the 11th inning when Reds’ reliever Burke Badenhop gave up three straight singles with only one out. Anthony Rizzo started the Cubs rally with a single to center field, Kris Bryant followed with a single up the middle before Herrera, who entered the game defensively in the 9th inning, came through with an RBI single to right field. David Ross drove in two more runs with a double that skipped all the way to the right-field wall and pinch-hitter Travis Wood also got in on the fun and drove in another run on a comebacker off of Badenhop’s glove, who was forced to throw to first base. Jason Motte got the win when he escaped a bases loaded jam in the 10th when he got Jay Bruce to foul out, keeping it tied at 3 and Hector Rondon retired the side in order in the 11th.

Jon Lester actually pitched a good game although he started out shaky. He allowed three runs in six innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters. The Reds’ Billy Hamilton gave Lester and the Cubs a hard time and they couldn’t slow him down, he singled twice, stole three bases and scored two runs. Other than that, the Reds were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Reds’ starter Mike Leake gave up three runs in seven innings, striking out a season-high nine batters. Chris Coghlan continued his dominance over Mike Leake with a solo homer in the 7th. that tied the game at 3. He is a 9-for-11 career hitter against Leake with three doubles and two homers.

 

4/25: Postponed due to rain

The teams waited 4 hours and 13 minutes before the game was called off. No makeup date has been scheduled at this time.  We got some fun Twitter though:


4/26: W

Cubs 5, Reds 2

W: Arrieta (3-1) L: DeSclafani (2-1) SV: Rondon (4)

Miguel Montero and Addison Russell came through for the Cubs and helped them get the, short but sweet, two game series win vs. the Reds on Sunday. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead with one out in the 2nd inning against Anthony DeSclafani when Montero hit his third homer of the season. The Cubs added four more runs (unearned) in the top of the 4th inning following third baseman Todd Frazier‘s fielding error. Montero hit an RBI single to left that scored Anthony Rizzo. Later, the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs and Addison Russell delivered. He had a 1-2 count when he hit a three-run double through the gap in right-center field to give the Cubs a 5-0 lead. Arrieta pitched six innings and gave up four hits, including Todd Frazier’s solo homer, and struck out six. Hector Rondon gave up a hit in the 9th but earned his fourth save in five chances.

So I could show you some offensive highlights, including Montero’s 100th career homer, but let’s just show you this guy playing sweet defense instead:

Next up for the Cubs:

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a six-game home stand against red-hot Pittsburgh and then Milwaukee. Jason Hammel will face Vance Worley and Addison Russell will make his debut at home. Vance Worley is 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five starts against the Cubs. The Pirates started their winning streak by taking the final two games of their four-game series vs. the Cubs and are coming off a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. Jason Hammel will be looking to beat the Pirates this time around; he earned the loss against this same team in his last start where he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. Hammel is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA at Wrigley Field.

While the St. Louis Cardinals have to battle through injuries to key players, the Cubs and Pirates will be using this series to secure second place and the top wild card for themselves.  They may even be able to tie the Cards for first, depending on which team sweeps the other…

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field

 

Monday, April 27, 7:05 PM CDT
Vance Worley, RHP vs. Jason Hammel, RHP

Tuesday, April 28, 7:05 PM CDT
Jeff Locke, LHP vs. Travis Wood, LHP

Wednesday, April 29, 7:05 PM CDT
Gerrit Cole, RHP vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP

 

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Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!

-Ivy

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