The Cubs won the series in Cincinnati 3 games to 1 over the weekend and capped it off with a 6-1 win on Sunday.
Kyle Schwarber: 2 for 4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Javy Baez: 3 for 4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Albert Almora: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Yu Darvish: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, W
How it Happened
The Cubs had this one in the bag from minute one, excluding the first-inning RBI single from the Reds in what was there only scoring play of the day. Yu Darvish was lights out after and the offense caught fire. In the second after Ian Happ was dealt a leadoff walk, Kyle Schwarber crushed a baseball into right field good for two runs, putting the Cubs up 2-1. That wasn’t the only firepower for the offense that inning, Javy Baez in the very next at-bat cranked one out to left to tack on one more run, making it 3-1 Cubs. Schwarber and Baez homered back-to-back in the second inning which started the trend of great games for both.
Ben Zobrist joined the club in the fifth inning, with a one-run blast of his own off Reds starter Tyler Mahle that put the Cubs on top 4-1. Then in the seventh inning, Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo added insurance runs to the Cubs lead, ensuring they would win. Almora sacrificed to deep right that scored Tommy La Stella, and Rizzo singled to right scoring Ben Zobrist making it now 6-1. Great relief pitching would allow only two hits over three innings, as the Cubs won 6-1 and took the series 3 to 1.
One Great Moment
Under the spotlight for great defensive plays, Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber have pretty much hogged the Cubs defensive highlight reel with phenomenal catches and throws in the outfield. We see these types of play from Javy Baez, but those two have stolen the spotlight recently. However, in the fifth inning with one out, Baez scooped up a grounder on the slide applying his glove to second for one out and then tossed the baseball to Anthony Rizzo for the second out, completing the marvelous double play. This play is easily “One Great Moment” worthy.
Yer a wizard, Javy. pic.twitter.com/GuJxoBeEDC
— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2018
The Cubs improve to 25-19 this season and third place in the NL Central. They are now 1.5 games out of first place with the Brewers loss.
Tyler Chatwood seeks to keep the Cubs momentum rolling with the start against Cleveland on Tuesday at 6:05 PM CT on WGN, ESPN, and 670 The Score. The Cubs have Monday off for a travel day.