With the wind blowing out, the Chicago Cubs took advantage as the offense finally came to life in the 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
When the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field, you never know what to expect. For the Chicago Cubs, that meant a first-inning run. The good news is the Cubs offense came to play as well. The Cubs scored three times in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 9-5 victory on Tuesday night. It was a battle of veterans as John Lackey and Bronson Arroyo squared off.
Lackey (4-3, 4.37) survived some early struggles but managed to hang on for 5 1/3 innings allowing just three runs as he picked up the win. The Cubs (19-19) were able to hold the Reds (19-19) to just one run in each inning except the seventh.
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Zack Cozart started things off quickly with a solo home run in the first inning to stake the Reds to a 1-0 lead. But for all the luck that the Reds have had in Arroyo’s (3-3, 6.31) starts, that wasn’t there tonight. The Cubs got a RBI single from Jeimer Candelario, which was then followed by a ground rule double into the ivy that would score two more.
After Tucker Barnhardt cut it to 3-2 with a solo home run in the second, Kyle Schwarber one-upped him with a home run of his own. A 462-foot blast into the right field seats. The Cubs would also get home runs from Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo as they went on to win, 9-5.
The offensive output was encouraging, even with the with blowing out. The Cubs came up with several clutch hits–something they have been unable to do this season.
The win ties the Cubs with the Reds in the standings with two more to go in the series. Tomorrow, the Cubs will welcome back a face that should be familiar to fans. Scott Feldman (2-3, 3.59) will face off against Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.40) in tomorrow’s game.