Cubs vs. Reds: Darvish vs. Gray (Game 96)
CHC (51-44): RHP Yu Darvish (2-4, 4.72 ERA)
CIN (43-49): RHP Sonny Gray (5-5, 3.42 ERA)
First pitch 1:20pmCDT
Yu Darvish and the Cubs go for the series win in an afternoon finale. Darvish went six scoreless against the Pirates on Friday and remains winless at Wrigley. Derek Dietrich is 4-9 off of him and has tagged him for two homeruns. Jose Iglesias and Nick Senzel are 3-6 and 3-7 respectively.
Sonny Gray takes the mound for the Reds, coming off a 7-inning, 1-run performance in Denver that yielded him a no-decision. He earned a win against the Cubs on 6-28 with 6.1 innings pitched, two earned runs, and six strikeouts. Almora is 3-4 off of him with a homerun. Russell is 2-6 with a homer. Nobody else has more than one hit off of him.
Following a Thursday off-day, the Cubs will take on the Padres in a weekend set. It doesn't feel like it yet, but we are heading into peak hot-stove season. Teams have only until the end of the month to trade for players that will be eligible to appear on post-season rosters. The Cubs recently landed a defensive-minded third catcher, Martin Maldonado, opening up pinch-hit opportunities for Caratini or even potential OF starts for Contreras. There's not much else in the rumor mill with a Cubs' label on it.
crunch 32 min 4 sec ago (view)
2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...
Eric S 1 hour 18 min ago (view)
Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 14 min ago (view)
With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!
Who would have thought?
Jackstraw 2 hours 15 min ago (view)
Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series. Left lots of ducks on the pond. Could take some of the pressure off the pen.
Jackstraw 2 hours 16 min ago (view)
You could hit your thumb with a hammer. Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza. Just sayin.
Eric S 2 hours 20 min ago (view)
I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day
crunch 2 hours 21 min ago (view)
cubs win! about time.
Eric S 2 hours 30 min ago (view)
Cubs have to scratch mightily to get two runs against the mighty second half buccos
crunch 3 hours 1 min ago (view)
K, diving catch by happ for an out, HBP to load the bases, ground out
PIT has loaded the bases 3 times in this game.
crunch 3 hours 10 min ago (view)
...and we're doing more 0 out, men on base stuff...
2 on, 0 outs...up to 103 pitches and lester's day is done.
bullpen time. oh. boy. neat.
crunch 3 hours 23 min ago (view)
bryant has not forgotten how to hit homers.
crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)
2 on, 0 out, and also gets out of that.
btw, bryant has forgotten how to play 3rd base the past 2 innings...da hell...
crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)
no one scores! hell yeah. phew.
crunch 3 hours 46 min ago (view)
walking the pitcher to load the bases with 0 outs.
this cubbery is thicker than the humidity.
Jackstraw 4 hours 13 min ago (view)
I knew this was going to be a tough series with the Pirates starting Cy Young last night and Walter Johnson today. Only weird thing is Cy was sporting a 4.59 ERA going into last night and Johnson came into today with a 4.15.
crunch 4 hours 32 min ago (view)
heyward(CF) / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / russell / happ(LF) / lucroy / lester
lester and lucroy...