Another day, another W for the Cubbies. After a hard fought victory Monday night, the off day on Tuesday looks to have helped, as the guys picked up a huge win last night, 9-2 over division rival Cincinnati.
Lackey opened up the game by giving up a run on a sacrifice fly in the top half of the first, but it all started for Chicago offensively with a 5 run home half. As Alfredo Simon, the Reds’ starter struggled, the first of those five would come on a bases loaded walk to Kris Bryant, scoring Fowler. Then we got a couple RBI singles, a sac fly from Soler, and, to cap it off, an RBI single off the bat of John Lackey.
Lackey would settle in well with the 4 run cushion, pitching 6 and 2/3, allowing 2 earned runs, and striking out 7. All in all, a good comeback start for Lackey, who had some issues in his season debut against Arizona.
The Cubs would tack on 4 more runs over the remainder of the game; 2 in the 3rd, and 2 in the 4th.
Heyward plated 2 on an RBI single in the 3rd, and, in the 4th, Kris Bryant hit a monster solo shot to left for a nice bit of icing on the cake.
Defensively, the infield was able to turn 3 double plays in this one. The guys out of the pen did their job, allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, and preserving another Cubs W. Great win, and now we’re on to the final game of the series at 8:05 this evening at Wrigley.