Chicago Cubs News: Power surge continues in 15-5 rout of Reds

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Anthony Rizzo
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Anthony Rizzo /

The Chicago Cubs backed Jose Quintana with a 15-run night as they hit three home runs on their way to a 15-5 rout of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Chicago Cubs were getting consistent production from Willson Contreras before he went down with the injury. So they knew that someone would need to step up in his place. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have done just that. Rizzo knocked in five runs while Bryant drove in two as both homered in the 15-run night. Jose Quintana wasn’t sharp but did survive five innings allowing just two runs (one earned).

Our Daniel Shephard took a look at the inconsistencies on the offense, and Tuesday will be a good look at how far the Cubs have come. After dropping 15 on the Reds, which offense will show up tonight? The one that hit three home runs? Or will the Cubs bats fail to show and manage a few hits and just a few runs against a Reds teams they should continue to pound?

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is having one of his toughest seasons yet. After helping lead the Cubs to their first World Series in 108 years, there are some that still think the Cubs use of his–especially in the playoffs–might have “broken” Chapman. Could this be true? Or is Chapman simply having a bad season?

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Cubs win opener over Reds with 15-run night’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Offensive inconsistency a concern for Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Chapman’s struggles continue for the Yankees’ – Cubbies Crib

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‘Is 116 within reach for the Dodgers?’ – ESPN

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