Chicago Cubs hold off sliding Cincinnati Reds for 7-5 win

18 May, 2017, 09:52 | Author: Glen Fletcher
  • Associated Press
The Cardinals Kolten Wong left congratulates Matt Carpenter right after he hit a two-run home run

Maddon became the eighth active manager with at least 1,000 wins. Cubs rookie Ian Happ will be in center field with only seven career minor league starts there at the crucial defensive position.

"It's awkward, yeah", Maddon said. "It was a good effort at the end, but we made some mistakes on the front end of that game that cost us early". Kris Bryant is back in the lineup after a three-game absence with a stomach illness.

I'm all for big odds and playing udnerdogs, but the last time we saw Garrett on the road, he was giving up nine runs and eight hits in 3.1 innings against the Brewers.

"It was one of those days, man", Arroyo said.

Let's hope the wind isn't blowing out again tonight. The Cubs scored seven runs in Wednesday's win and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games.

Schwarber's continued trouble in the leadoff spot and the shaky performance so far by the rotation had created some angst for a fan base expecting more of the same after Chicago's historic crown past year, but no one seemed a bit anxious around the team.

Cozart went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Duvall was 2-for-4 with one run batted in. Reds reliever Blake Wood then loaded the bases and walked Happ to bring home Schwarber for a 7-3 advantage.

Chicago right-handed reliever Pedro Strop was greeted by Eugenio Suarez's two-out double down the left field line to bring home Joey Votto and Duvall and make it 7-5.

"We just couldn't contain them at any point in that ballgame", Reds manager Bryan Price said. The Cubs are 21-6 in their last 28 Thursday games, 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 19-8 in Lesters last 27 starts. Jay and Zobrist have been dealing with back issues. Left-hander Amir Garrett (3-2, 4.25 ERA) comes up from Louisville to make his seventh start for the Reds. Price is optimistic RHP Tim Adleman (neck strain) will be able to make his next start Saturday against the Rockies.

MIAMI - Lance McCullers paid tribute to the late Jose Fernandez and pitched like him, allowing no earned runs for the third start in a row, and Houston beat Miami to complete a three-game sweep.

Also Tuesday, outfielder Jason Heyward tested his hand injury with live batting practice on the field.

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches his two-run single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Scott Feldman during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Chicago. "His back is still not 100 percent".

Scott Feldman takes the ball for the Reds tonight, as the Reds go to break a 4-game losing streak. Hendricks (2-2, 3.40 ERA) is 1-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his last four starts.

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