Montero, bullpen lock down win for Cubs
On a night that looked to be pitcher friendly when it started, the tide turned quickly asMiguel Montero
hit a bomb into the newly opened right-field bleachers to give theChicago Cubs
and early 3-0 lead that they never relinquished en route to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
With the wind blowing in hard most of the day, the weather appeared to favor the pitchers, but that turned out to not be the case. Reds starter Michael Lorenzen (1-2, 4.01) tried to atone for the home run with a triple of his own off of Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada to cut it to 3-2, but one run was as close as it would ever be.
Dexter Fowler hit a solo homer in the third into the well of the right-field bleachers to extend it to 4-2 as the teams disregarded the windy conditions, although the wind did die down as the game went on and the rain moved in.
The Reds (27-32) would creep back to one once more as Chris Dominguez hit a solid shot to left field to make it 4-3 and end the night for Wada who wouldn’t figure in the decision. Kris Bryant would add another on a sharp double down the left field line to extend it to 5-3. Burke Badenhop then appeared to get the last out of the inning as he forced a
Badenhop then appeared to get the last out of the inning as he forced a slow chopper in front of the plate, but Brayan Pena misplayed it for his first error of the season which led to the Cubs sixth run of the game.
Travis Wood (3-2, 4.82) picked up the win, but it was a solid effort from the bullpen all-around. Five Cubs relievers held the Reds scoreless after the starter Wada departed to help close out the victory, with Hector Rondon assuming closing duties for his 11th save.