Cubs @ Reds: Hendricks vs Reed (Game 77)

How about a grand salami with a side of extra innings?

CHC (50-26): RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 2.76)
CIN (29-49): LHP Cody Reed (0-1, 6.75)
First pitch: 11:35amCST

Hendricks, who managed to stay out of last night’s game, had a no-decision in Miami on Friday (5 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 4 BB). That game also featured a first-inning error by Russell, which lead to Bour’s grand slam. Hendricks has missed the Reds so far this year. They are 12-47 (.255) against him. Votto is 3-5 with 2 HR.

This is the rookie Reed’s third start. He was acquired in the Cueto deal last year--along with Lamb and Finnegan. Reed lost to the Padres his last time out (5 IP, 5 ER, 6 K, 2 BB). He also gave up 4 ER in 7 innings in Houston for his MLB debut. None of the Cubs have faced him.

Lackey (7-4, 3.29) versus Matz (7-3, 3.29) in New York tomorrow at 6:10pmCST.

Go Cubs!


After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow. Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum. At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team. kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

oh yeah...thanks joe/billy. poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

almora's 1st HR!

I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

Interesting choices when guys get healthy. LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit. Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 38 min 47 sec ago (view)

    Lots of games where they failed to add on.

    Lots of games Strop has single handedly blown, too.


  • Charlie 1 hour 9 min ago (view)

    There are so many candidates. The early season losing streak comes painfully to mind.


  • Charlie 1 hour 9 min ago (view)

    JHey's swing looks like it slipped into groundout mode. That Nico lineout was heartbreaking. :(


  • Charlie 1 hour 10 min ago (view)

    Threw Vanmeter a curve and changeup that both looked great on TV, though Vanmeter didn't offer.


  • Mike Wellman 2 hours 54 min ago (view)

    First thing I'll point to, depending on the final order of finish, is the fact that, for the second year in a row we took the lead off of Hader in the 8th inning of a key late-season game @ Milwaukee & couldn't keep it. The second thing will be the game we led 5-0 after 7 & managed to lose. Nats next face Marlins. Cards come to town licking their chops/beaks to finish us off...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    They’re toast. Can’t finish games, can’t finish series, and it looks very much like they won’t finish this season.


  • Hagsag 7 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The Cubbies are in a tough situation. If they make the playoffs, they will have earned it!. Enjoy the ride folks.


  • Eric S 13 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Reds win season series 11-8 - possibly the first thing you point to should the Cubs miss the post season


  • Eric S 13 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Long looking swing for JHey ... and Nico - oof


  • Eric S 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Heard Len say Descalso’s name and about had a heart attack. Then heard him say “pinch runner” and settled down a bit


  • Charlie 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Contreras's receiving didn't do Norwood any favors in that Vanmeter at-bat. And Norwood needed some favors.


  • Eric S 14 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Gotta do better than three hits in nine innings in a start by Mahle - this one is on the bats


  • crunch 14 hours 6 min ago (view)

    4th pitcher of the inning coming in...neat


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  • crunch 14 hours 19 min ago (view)

    i'm all about kemp protecting a lead in the last few innings or getting to play after some pinch running, but that dude's bat is getting way too much work.  now that getting him starts isn't a priority he's still getting a lot of early shots off the bench at the plate.

    i hope to not see him next season.


  • Eric S 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Until Russell gets off the concussion protocol and/or Baez returns, Kemp may be the best option at second for defense, but Bote certainly better there defensively than Happ or Zobrist