The Chicago Cubs got to sleep in their own beds once again as the Cincinnati Reds entered the Friendly Confines this week. Here are the results from this series:
- Tuesday, September 8th: Cubs 3, Reds 0
- Wednesday, September 9th: Reds 3, Cubs 0
- Thursday, September 10th: Cubs 8, Reds 5
Run Of The Mill Tuesday Night
Alec Mills showed up when the Cubs desperately needed to continue down a good path after a horrid Saturday through Sunday.
The right-hander struck out six and allowed only four hits in a victory on Tuesday night.
The Cubs needed a clutch two-out hit and I will give you one guess who delivered. Yep, David Bote.
Bote roped a two-out triple in the 2nd inning to set the tone for the rest of the game, giving the Cubs an early 2–0 lead.
El Mago also delivered a run scoring triple of his own the next inning.
The bullpen helped close out a nice, series opening victory with three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit.
Some nights you just need to tip your cap to the opponent, Wednesday night was certainly one of those nights.
Two Cy Young front runners battled at the Confines of Wrigley Field. Trevor Bauer came out victorious against Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs.
Bauer silenced the Cubs to just three hits over 7.2 innings. Darvish had one big mistake, allowing a three-run home run to Mike Moustakas. Other than that, Darvish struck out nine while allowing only two hits.
That's it. That was the game. A good ol' fashioned pitcher's duel folks.
Hit Parade At Wrigley
The bats woke up on a rainy, Thursday evening at Wrigley. The Cubs had 13 hits, including a five-run inning on the way to a 8–5 victory.
Ian Happ drove in two runs and Nico Hoerner, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Carmeron Maybin each had two hits of their own.
Nico put the Cubs on the board with a bases-loaded, double.
This was huge because, as most of you know, the Cubs have forgotten how to hit with the bases loaded this season.
Willson Contreras had a big night as well, adding four hits of his own.
The Cubs bullpen continued their success with 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball from Kyle Ryan, Ryan Tepera, Jason Adam, and Rowan Wick.
This was a much needed win to cap off a series victory. The Cubs will need to continue to ride the momentum from Thursday's game into a hopeful sweep of the Brewers up in Milwaukee this weekend.
What's On Tap Next?
The Cubs head to Wrigley North to take on the Brewers. Below are the tentative pitching matchups:
- Friday, September 11th: Jon Lester vs. Brandon Woodruff
- Saturday, September 12th: Kyle Hendricks vs. Brett Anderson
- Sunday, September 13th: Alec Mills vs. Adrian Houser
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