The Chicago Cubs swung their way to victory to top the struggling Cincinnati Reds 7-2 in 15 innings. This game was long and consisted of some unusual baseball.
Both teams used all 24 available players in hopes to come out victorious, but it seems as if both teams controlled their fate early in the game. Let’s take a look at some game notes from this interesting game via MLB.com
Rondon struggles: While Rondon has been a reliable closer for the Cubs all year, that was not the case Tuesday. Rondon hurt himself by hitting Phillips and then left a fastball over the plate to Jay Bruce, who singled, and then again to Suarez.
What could've been: The Reds had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 13th when Joey Votto came to the plate with runners on first and second and just one out. Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Zack Cozart had singled off of Trevor Cahill, forcing Maddon to bring in Joel Peralta to face Votto. Votto got a pitch to his liking and hit a line drive that appeared destined for right field. Instead of a potential game-winner for the Reds, the play turned into a game-saver for the Cubs as Zobrist made a leaping snare of the ball. He threw to Baez covering the bag at second base to easily double up De Jesus Jr. and end the inning.
Maddon Magic: All 24 position players on both teams were used, and Maddon also utilized three of his relievers --Travis Wood, Spencer Patton and Pedro Strop -- in left field to help Chicago win for the eighth time in nine games against the Reds this season. Patton (1-0) earned the win.
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Shutdown performance: The Reds' bullpen has been much maligned this season, but it produced a performance worthy of high praise until the 15th inning. The quartet of Iglesias, Cingrani, Smith and Wood didn't allow a hit while tossing eight shutout innings in relief of Lamb.
The Cubs were given the lead on an RBI single by third baseman Kris Bryant. Javier Baez then added much needed insurance runs as he crushed a grand slam over the center field wall. This seemed to be enough as the Cubs were able to hold onto the win.
The Cubs look for the sweep on June 29 as they take on the Reds at 11:35am CT.