CHICAGO – The boys worked with a squat bench on Saturday afternoon, as an additional pitcher was needed to help the team's worn out bullpen. One of the options available was David Bote, and he did not disappoint the crowd of Wrigley Field when manager Joe Maddon called his name.
CHICAGO – The boys were working with a squat bench on Saturday afternoon, as an additional pitcher was needed to help the team's worn-out area. One of the available options was David Bote, and he did not disappoint the crowd at Wrigley Field when manager Joe Maddon called his name.
In the eighth inning, Bote came off the bench and delivered a double for the Cubs. Help make it 8-6 against the Reds and overcome a shaky start from Yu Darvish. The win even drew the series with Cincinnati, who was a thorn in the eye of Chicago earlier this season.
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The decisive rally started with a one-time run in the eighth race of Albert Almora Jr and continued with a colorful single by Addison Russell against Reds Reliever Jared Hughes. Thus, the stage was prepared for messenger, who broke through a 6: 6 dead end by a blow in the left midfield hit the wall.
Kyle Schwarber added a sacrificial fly and offered Tyler Chatwood catching up, a double cuff, his third rescue career and the first ever at the Cubs.
In the second inning, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart lifted Darvish's 1-0 scoreline to the left, where he entered the basket for a homerun. According to Statcast, the shot had an expected strike average of .260, but the Friendly Confines was a particularly friendly Saturday afternoon.
Another example in this direction was Chicago's third home game run of the day – kicked off by Jason Heyward in the fifth. Similar to Barnhart's explosion, Heyward's Off Tyler Mahle came up with an expected average of .210, but that number hardly mattered when baseball found the basket.
Overall, Mahle allowed six runs with nine hits, including a solo homer by Albert Almora Jr. in the second and a two-run shot by Addison Russell during a four-run fourth. In the outbreak, Anthony Rizzo pitched right in the middle of the field to the base of the wall to score a double with two runs, which gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead to squeeze out of Darvish as much as possible due to the condition the tired bullpen of the team. The result was that Darvish reached the seventh inning for the first time in a Cubs uniform, but the Reds made a comeback against the right-handed.
Yasiel Puig drove home against Waveland Ave. beyond the left tribune. Nick Senzel was sixth in an RBI single. Then in the eighth, Derek Dietrich pulled the game into a 6: 6 draw with a margin into midfield. Darvish said goodbye after six rounds with 12 hits in over seven pictures.
Jordan Bastian covers the cubs for MLB.com. Previously, he covered the Indians from 2011 to 18 and the Blue Jays from 2006 to 10. Read his blog Major League Bastian and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian .