The first doubleheader of 2018 for the Cubs! They’ve had plenty in Spring Training with split squads going on at the same time, but they played two on Saturday where Ernie Banks would say “Let’s Play Two!” The Cubs ended up splitting the doubleheader, falling 5-4 in extras in game one but then dominating in game two with a 10-0 win.
Cubs 4, Reds 5
Ian Happ: 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Kris Bryant: 3 for 6
Albert Almora: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 BB
Kyle Hendricks: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
How it Happened
After the Reds struck first in the first inning, Kris Bryant tied the game up in the third with a double to deep right center scoring Albert Almora, making it 1-1. The Reds once again added just one run in the fourth, leading 2-1. Kyle Hendricks tied it once again with an RBI double to deep center, making it 2-2. Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez tacked on runs in the sixth inning giving the Reds a 4-2 advantage, but the Cubs had yet another answer. Ian Happ homered, and Anthony Rizzo doubled in the eighth inning to tie the game up 4-4. The score would stay there until the eleventh inning when Justin Wilson issued a bases-loaded walk that allowed the Reds to win 5-4.
One Great Moment
At a time of struggle for Ian Happ recently, he really shined in the first game on Saturday with a three-for-four day from the plate. It was such a great game, Happ finished with multiple extra-base hits and a home run that’s “One Great Moment” worthy.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 19, 2018
Cubs 10, Reds 0
Jason Heyward: 2 for 4, 1 R, 4 RBI
Ian Happ: 1 for 3, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Anthony Rizzo: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 2 for 4, 3 R, 2 BB
Jose Quintana: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, Win
How it Happened
Unlike most times when the Cubs dominate an opponent this season, they spread out the scoring over all nine innings. It all started in the third when Kris Bryant grounded into a fielder’s choice where Ben Zobrist was able to score, making it 1-0 Cubs. Then in the fourth inning, Ian Happ added to what was already a monster day, with a one-run shot into right that put the Cubs on top 2-0. The majority of the offensive damage came in the fifth inning when Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double into deep right and Jason Heyward tripled into right, that scored five runs in total making it a 7-0 Cubs lead.
Later in the seventh, Jason Heyward hit a sac-fly to center that was deep enough for Willson Contreras to score, increasing the Cubs lead to 8-0. Anthony Rizzo hit a very similar play in the eighth inning that scored Ben Zobrist now, making the score 9-0. Finally, to wrap up the offensive destruction, Albert Almora doubled to deep center scoring Heyward, getting the Cubs to 10-0. Cubs pitching held the Reds to only three hits, as they bounced back in a big way in the final game on Saturday.
One Great Moment
There was a lot going on in the second game of the day with the Cubs winning 10-zero. Only one moment stood out the most and it was Ian Happ’s home run in the fourth inning. He had already homered in the game earlier on Saturday, but this one was very special. It was number 14,000 in Chicago Cubs history. Ian Happ got both homers needed to reach the mark in one day. Talk about “One Great Moment” worthy.
— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2018
After splitting the doubleheader, the Cubs now stand at 24-19 and fourth place in the NL Central. They are just 2.5 games back of the first place Brewers.
Yu Darvish is slated for the series finale on Sunday at 12:10 PM CT on ABC 7 and 670 The Score.