By far one of the weirdest games I have ever watched. In a 15th inning affair, the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.
Ben Zobrist led off the game with a solo to left field giving the Cubs an early lead. The game would remain the same until Lester drove in Matt Szczur with a single to center giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Jon Lester was on top of his game tonight, but Billy Hamilton hit a solo shot to left field making it a 2-1 game. Lester went 7.2 innings allowing one run, three hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.
Hector Rondon blew the save when Suarez hit a two-out single to left field a banged up Brandon Phillips scored on a close play at the plate.
In the bottom of the 13th things started to get weird. Travis Wood came in to replace Chris Coghlan in left field as the Cubs had no position players on the bench and Joel Peralta replaced Trevor Cahill on the mound. A fantastic play by Zobrist caused the game to go the 14th.
In the bottom of the 14th things got weird again. Spencer Patton came into pitch for Joel Peralta. After a Brandon Phillips fly out, Travis Wood came in from left field to pitch moving Patton to left field. Wood got Jay Bruce to ground out then Wood went back to left field and Patton came back to pitch. Duvall then grounded out to end the inning.
After getting no-hit by the Reds pitching staff the last 9 innings of the game, the Cubs offense exploded for 5 runs in the top of the inning thanks to a Kris Bryant RBI single, and a Javier Baez grand slam.
Finally, in the 15th inning Pedro Strop came in to play left field and Travis Wood came in from left field again to close the game and give the Cubs their 50th win of the year.
Up Next: Both teams play tomorrow at 11:35 AM on WGN
Fun Fact: Travis Wood was the first Cubs pitcher to play left field since Sean Marshall did it back in 2009 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Final Thoughts: Today proved how weird baseball can be at times. Three different pitchers played left field today for the Cubs, yes you read that correctly THREE. The Cubs were couldn’t get a hit from the worst bullpen in the MLB for 8 innings then score 5 runs cause that’s just how baseball works.