Hannah Owens – 23 Sports

The Chicago Cubs hosted the Cincinnati Reds this past week, following a drought of scoring the past 17 innings. The Cubs started out somewhat shaky, though their pitching was not terrible. However, by the fifth inning the Reds led 3-0. 

Then, miraculously, the Cubs began to play. Following a record five-run inning in the bottom of the fourth, the biggest of the Cubs’ 2020 season, they found themselves with the lead 5-3. Although the game was delayed an hour and 15 minutes, the Cubbies found themselves on their way to an 8-5 victory over the Reds, taking the series, in a game that lasted four hours and seven minutes. 

Reds pitcher Sonny Gray started off really well, completely controlling the Cubs offense, where he actually allowed three hits and a walk, but also struck out four. However, bottom of the fourth, the Cubs had some sort of burst when Wilson Contreras, Cameron Maybin and David Bote loaded the bases.

Nico Hoerner up to bat and with a well hit double, the Cubs were back in the game, down 3-2. Ian Happ followed next and with a good at bat, plus an extra hustle from Hoerner at second base, got the Cubs up 4-3. By the end of the fourth, they were up 5-3.

The Chicago Cubs added two runs to the board in the fifth inning and held strong the rest of the game. Jeremy Jeffress came in as a relief pitcher at the top of the ninth and just posting nine pitches total, ensured the Cubs won at 8-5. This finished out a three-game series with the Reds that the Cubs took 2-1.

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