The Cubs lost a flat out ugly game to the Reds on Sunday with more pitching woes, 8-6.
Albert Almora: 3 for 5, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Javy Baez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Anthony Rizzo: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Jason Heyward: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
How it Happened
The Cubs had all the momentum in this one with a very good chance at winning, until the seventh. After scoreless baseball through four innings, the Cubs offense broke out in the fifth. With two outs, Jason Heyward hit a 2-run double, Javy Baez hit a 1-run double, and Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-run homer and suddenly the Cubs led 5-0 in control. The Reds homered off Mike Montgomery in the bottom of the inning for just his second hit allowed at the time, but the Cubs still led 5-1. Albert Almora added to the lead with a 1-run homer of his own that put the Cubs up 6-1 in the seventh, increasing the lead back to five runs. Then the trouble came.
Mike Montgomery gave up three runs and Pedro Strop gave up four runs, combining for seven earned runs allowed in the bottom of the 7th, that ultimately doomed the Cubs down 8-6 after a 6-1 lead. The Cubs offense couldn’t make up for the pitching woes, as the Reds would end up completely the ugly sweep of the Cubs with an 8-6 win.
The Cubs fall to 42-33 this season, still 2.0 games behind Milwaukee after the Brewers loss.
Duane Underwood makes his Major League debut on Monday against the Dodgers in the series opener. Underwood’s goal is to stay in the game long enough the Cubs don’t have to turn to relievers early and two snap the four-game skid. Game time is set for 10:00 PM Eastern on ESPN.