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Rizzo Leads The Charge In Cubs 15-5 Win

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Rizzo Leads The Charge In Cubs 15-5 Win Over The Reds

The West Coast trip wasn’t what the Cubs had hoped for as they lucked out and ended up going .500 over the six games between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs were in luck because they were scheduled to play the Cincinnati Reds which begins a 13-game stretch against last place teams at the perfect time. The Cubs are in an NL central race with division rivals Brewers and Cardinals and need to extend their lead. Monday night, Anthony Rizzo led the charge as the Cubs put up fifteen runs to beat the Reds 15-5.

Game Recap

The Chicago Cubs offense started the night off in the first when Anthony Rizzo hit 2-run single to Reds Adam Duvall, which scored Jon Jay. The Reds would score two in the next half inning to tie things up. The first run came on a throwing error by starting pitcher Jose Quintana.

Bottom of the fourth, Asher Wojciechowski was tagged for another five runs and left after 3.2 innings. To start the scoring off, Jason Heward scored on a Jon Jay triple. Jay didn’t spend much time on base as Tommy La Stella singled him in. Bryzzo got to work the very next at-bat. Bryant with a 2-run home run, Rizzo then launched a solo shot of his own onto Sheffield Avenue. The seventh back-to-back home runs, and third in the last four games between them two.

Quintana exited five innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned), 4 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 4 Reds batters.

Mike Montgomery, who came in for Quintana, even joined in on the hitting surge. In the bottom of the seventh, Mongomery’s hit his first career double down the line scoring Kyle Schwarber and Heyward. The Cubs would add another 4 runs thanks to RBI sac fly from La Stella and RBI singles from Rizzo and Schwarber.

Montgomery didn’t fare as well during the 8th as he did during the previous innings. He gave up Scooter Gennett’s 20th home run of the season, scoring Eugenio Suarez. Then, Billy Hamilton drives in Tucker Barnhart to bring the Reds within 10 at the end of the 8th inning. Justin Grimm entered for the last out of the inning.

Grimm gets three straight outs after giving up a single to Joey Votto and then walking Adam Duvall.

Quintana earned his 7th win of the season while Rizzo goes 3 for 5 with a single and 5 runs batted in, while Jon Jay falls a home run short of getting the cycle.


Stat of The Day

Kris Bryant has stepped up lately; especially in the absence of Willson Contreras. Bryant’s 11-game hitting streak is a major reason the remain 1.5 game up on the second place St. Louis Cardinals. His season batting average has gone from .274 to .296 during the hitting streak.

Trolling Season

Chicago White Sox broadcast Hawk Harrelson is planning on retiring at the end of the season. Recently, he went on Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score and criticized Wrigley Field.

Harrelson said, “It’s just time for that ballpark to be replaced. It’s just that simple. I’m only saying stuff that everybody knows who goes there. But nobody wanted to say it, so I decided yeah (to say it). I’ll never step another foot inside Wrigley Field.”

Cubs fans and media have expressed their opinions on social media about Harrelson’s comments (mostly negative).

Cubs social media team answered back tonight in the perfect way.

During the bottom of the fourth inning, Anthony Rizzo launched a solo home run with two outs to put the Cubs up 7-2. Shortly after, Cubs Twitter not only shared the play but trolled Hawk Harrelson.

Looks like the Cubs might have got the last laugh in this battle.