Cubs 3, Reds 0: Rizzo Powers Cubs in Shutout

Coming off a second consecutive failed ninth-inning rally, at least the Cubs knew that they wouldn’t face a third thanks to the new 7-inning doubleheader format. The Cubs never trailed in this one, getting six shut-out innings from Yu Darvish and just enough offense for the win. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a workman’s seventh for the save.

The Good

Speaking of Darvish, he was really good in this one. In what had the feel of a must-win game (aren’t they all these days?), the Cubs needed a big game from their ace, and they got it. His line on the day was 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 SO. He wasn’t as dominant as he has been in some starts this year, but his 104-pitch outing dropping his ERA on the season to a ridiculous 1.47. Where would the Cubs be this season without Yu?

The Better

As good as Darvish was, Anthony Rizzo was the real star. The Cubs offense has been inconsistent at best (and that’s being kind). They didn’t get much today, but Rizzo’s two home runs felt like the Sandberg game based on how things have been going lately. Two home runs out of one of their stars is precisely what they need, but to do so against Trevor Bauer, who has been one of the best in the business this season, it was really outstanding. 

The Ugly

Javier Baez showed signs in the Tigers series that he was coming out of his slump, but today was just ugly. In his two strikeouts, he looked lost. It goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: the Cubs need Baez to turn it around if they have any prayer at success in October.

What’s Next

Alec Mills takes the rubber for the Cubs in Game 2 of the doubleheader. He will be apposed by Tejay Antone. Winning Game 1 takes some fo the pressure off. A doubleheader sweep is always tough to swallow, but here’s hoping the Cubs bust out the brooms in the nightcap. 

Featured Photo:  Rob Leiter/Getty Images



Benjamin J. Denen

Benjamin was born in Rockford, Illinois. He is a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, an author, a musician, a speaker, a son of God, a lover of all things Chicago sports, a pizza consumption virtuoso, an intellectual, and a self-proclaimed comedian (yet to be confirmed). All of these things, simple as they may be, make up the person that he has grown to be. He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Commercial Music. After touring the world as a professional musician, Benjamin decided it was time to focus on on composing music for film/tv and truly diving into writing. The Keeper of Edelyndia is Benjamin's first novel, but he now has three (almost five) completed and is looking forward to releasing those soon as well. In addition to being a novelist, he has a handful of non-fiction books in the works and contributes to youth ministry blogs, as well as his own.

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