On the day that the Cincinnati Reds organization honored the 1990 World Series team that featured former Chicago Cubs skipper Lou Piniella, the game scheduled between these two N.L. Central rivals was postponed due to rain according to the team’s official Twitter handle.
First pitch for today’s afternoon contest was originally scheduled for 12:10 pm central time, but was expected to start no later than 3:00 pm. That didn’t happen, so Jake Arrieta and Anthony DeSclafani will get extra rest after missing what could have been one heck of a game with these two on the mound.
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In case you missed it, the Cubs had both Anthony Rizzo and Chris Coghlan go deep during last night’s game to tie things up on two separate occasions. Rizzo’s two-run blast came in the fourth inning to right-center field while Coghlan hammered a pitch to left – both of which were off Reds’ starter Mike Leake.
Outfielder Dexter Fowler got himself on base with a leadoff double in fourth putting himself in scoring position before Rizzo went yard on Leake for his second home run of the season. After Jon Lester put together a decent outing for the Cubs, Joe Maddon turned to Chicago’s shaky bullpen in hopes of keeping things under control.
Middle reliever Jason Motte worked himself out of a bases-loaded jam late in the game to give his team another shot at driving in some runs. Struggling infielder Jonathan Herrera came through with a huge go-ahead RBI single to make it 4-3 in the top of the 11th, and veteran catcher David Ross drove in another two on a double to right-center field, making it 6-3.
Southpaw pitcher Travis Wood was credited with a pinch-hit RBI as Chicago had run through their extra bats. It was enough to get the job done as Hector Rondon was able to slam the door on this dangerous Reds team, giving the Cubs a 7-3 victory.
Speaking of Wood, he’ll pick up the start tomorrow against former Cub in Jason Marquis. Wood (1-1, 3.24 ERA) had his best outing of the early season against the Reds back on Apr. 15 which featured seven shutout innings and seven strikeouts.
He held Cincinnati to just three hits that game.
Marquis (1-1, 7.20 ERA) on the other hand, will be looking for revenge as he was handed the loss the same day. Chicago forced him out of the game after just four innings, tagging him for four earned runs on seven hits including one home run. He’s coming off his first victory of the year against the Milwaukee Brewers.