2017 Cubs victories revisited, May 16: Cubs 9, Reds 5

The Cubs brought out the big bats in this win, and Joe Maddon reached a milestone.

The Cubs dropped two of three in St. Louis to fall under .500. This win brought them back to the even point at 19-19. It also moved them back into third place in the N.L. Central, still trailing closely at 2½ games out.

Tuesday evening’s weather was quite the contrast to the last Wrigley Field game before that — Sunday, May 7 against the Yankees, when temperatures were in the low 40s with a strong wind blowing off Lake Michigan.

For this game beginning a 10-game homestand, temperature at game time was 87 with a 20 mile-per-hour wind gusting toward center field, hinting that multiple home runs might leave the yard.

Hitters did not disappoint. Seven home runs departed the premises Tuesday night. Fortunately, four of those blasts were hit by Cubs batters, leading the team to a 9-5 win over the Reds, an excellent start to an important sequence of games at Wrigley.

It didn’t start off that way. Zack Cozart hit John Lackey’s fifth pitch of the game into the left-field bleachers, yet another first-inning run off Cubs pitching. That one didn’t …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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