After the Cubs were down by three in the first inning, they held the Reds scoreless the rest of the way and rallied for the win in extras.
The Cubs were hoping to get the momentum of the second half back on their side after a sweep of the Pirates and a loss to the Reds. This one proved to be an interesting matchup as an unfamiliar face in Alec Mills took the mound for the Cubs. Mills was brought up from Triple-A to fill the spot of Cole Hammels, who is currently on the injured list. Mills’s numbers in Triple-A this year have been good. On the Reds side, Anthony DeSclafani took the bump sporting a 5-4 record with a 4.29 ERA.
The top of the first inning was shaky for newcomer Alec Mills. He gave up three runs on three hits to make it 3-0 Reds. Mills hit two batters in that inning, and both of those runners (Puig and Dietrich) came in to score. Eugenio Suarez, who has officially written his names in the stars as a “Cubs killer,” hit a solo home run with two outs in the inning.
In the bottom of the second, the Cubs got right back into this one. Robel Garcia hit a two-run homer, knocking in Anthony Rizzo and cutting the deficit to two.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Cubs tied the game in dramatic fashion on a two-out solo blast by Kris Bryant.
Alec Mills settled down after his first-inning blunders and pitched a great game. He was able to shut out the Reds the rest of the way, going six innings and allowing only those three earned runs that came in the opening frame. After the Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, the bullpen was able to keep the Reds lineup at bay.
In the bottom of the tenth with a 1-1 count to Kyle Schwarber, Reds closer Rasiel Iglesias threw a fastball mid-thigh right into Schwarber’s happy zone. Schwarber got just enough on it to the opposite field for a Wrigley Field walk-off home run that just snuck into the basket. FLY THE W!
PLAYER OF THE GAME
After going 0-4 and not hitting a ball out of the infield, Kyle Shcwarber was able to put it all together when it mattered and propel the Cubs to victory. Shwarber has been putting together much better plate appearances in the second half.
This should be a great matchup as Reds will send All-Star pitcher Sonny Gray (5-5, 3.42 ERA) to the mound. He will face off against Cubs starter Yu Darvish (2-4, 4.72 ERA). Darvish has been putting it together as of late, so look for him to continue to spot his fastball early in counts to set up his slider. It should be an exciting matinee matchup at the Friendly Confines.
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