2017 Cubs victories revisited, August 14: Cubs 15, Reds 5

The Cubs just love hitting Reds pitching.

For the second straight day, the Cubs scored 15+ runs. This win brought the Cubs to 62-55 and they led the N.L. Central by 1½ games.

Pretty much all of us said, or thought, that when the Cincinnati Reds came to town the Cubs had to warm up the big bats and begin demolishing Reds pitching the way they’ve done over the last two years. And with this beginning a stretch of 13 games against last-place teams, it was really a time to assert leadership in a division that was there for the taking.

Man, did they, with authority and, for lack of a better term, “swagger.” The Cubs smashed three home runs in a 17-hit attack that crushed the Reds 15-5, a game that felt very much like a 2016 Cubs win.

It began early. Jon Jay singled leading off the bottom of the first and one out later, Kris Bryant doubled. Anthony Rizzo singled them both in for a 2-0 lead… a lead that Jose Quintana coughed right up in the top of the second. It might have been worse except for this terrific throw and tag …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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