Cubs Hold Off Sliding Reds for 7-5 Win

The Joey Votto Infield Popup Game Cubs 7 Reds 5

Scott Feldman was charged with seven runs - five earned - in just 2 2/3 innings while taking a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. Have a trophy Zack, and here's to you keeping up this hot streak.

Entering play on Thursday afternoon against the defending World Series Champion Cubs, the Reds will be sporting a 19-20 record while dropping the first two games of their series against Chicago.

The Reds, as they did last night, got things started early.

For the second night in a row, the Cubs treated a Reds starter like a.... well, Reds starter. It's been a touch varied from The Cerebral Assassin of late, which is certainly not a problem for anyone as he gets back to his best.

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, while Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber each had two RBIs.

The Cubs' offensive success did not stop after Tuesday. Thankfully, Jay immediately signaled that he was okay and was able to stay in the game. It happened just after Cueto's high, inside pitch flew wildly past Posey, allowing another Dodgers run home for a 3-0 lead. Except for Ian Happ, the Cubs don't have that many other cards left to play in the middle of May. Cubs lead, 5-1.

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Feldman was then pulled, leaving with a runner on first for right-handed reliever Austin Brice, who closed the inning on Schwarber's groundout to second.

The Cubs weren't done in the bottom of the 3rd.

Hendricks is the first starter to right himself and hit the kind of commanding stride the team has desperately needed.

Addison Russell has gotten off to a slow start this year. Hendricks drove in Zobrist with a well-placed sacrifice bunt, and Jon Jay added an RBI single. Cubs 7, Reds 2. Chicago also is now the third choice to win the National League pennant, at plus-275, behind the Nationals and Dodgers, who are both at plus-250.

The Reds had the top of the order up in the top of the 9th but were unable to get anything going. Adam Duvall singles to left field. Since 2014, he is the third Cub to hit at least two homers in his first three games, joining Javier Baez and Jorge Soler. He will look to become the only player to do it in 6 straight games tomorrow.

Garrett has also managed 28 strikeouts against 14 walks over the course of 36 innings of work in all. The Reds misplayed at least 4 balls in the 2nd and 3rd inning that could have really limited some of the damage in the early portion of this game. Joey Votto pops out to shallow infield to Kris Bryant. "I'm sure they'll make that quick fix".

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