Coming off an explosive night for the Chicago Cubs offense, the Cubs looked to continue their splurge in game two against the Cincinnati Reds.
For Friday’s afternoon matchup, Alec Mills made his first major league start. In Triple A, Mills had a 5-12 record and an ERA of 4.84. The Cubs were hopeful that they could provide Mills with some run support in his first start. As for the Reds, Matt Harvey took the mound. Harvey is 6-7 on the year and has a 4.91 ERA. Before the game there was talk that the Milwaukee Brewers had a waiver claim on Harvey. Despite that claim, Harvey remained a Red and did go on to pitch against the Cubs.
Mills threw fifteen pitches in the first inning and struck out the first two batters faced.
The top of the second started off strange. Mason Williams hit a ball which looked like a home run but hit a weird bounce on the basket, Joe Maddon chose to review. Umpires revealed it was a ground rule double. The next batter, Phillip Ervin, doubled, scoring Williams, making it a one nothing Reds lead.
The Cubs offense would not get to Harvey until the sixth inning. Willson Contreras led off the inning with a single to left. One batter later, Albert Almora Jr. singled, advancing Contreras to second. Newly acquired Cub, Daniel Murphy singled, making it bases loaded with one out for Javier Baez. He came through. A base hit tied the game, 1-1. That was the only run the Cubs could get out of that inning.
Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the eighth inning, mashed his first home run as a Cub into the bleachers. Wrigley went crazy, as he gave the Cubs the lead. That home run couldn’t have came at a better time, and the fans demanded a curtain call.
Things looked good heading into the ninth inning with Pedro Strop on the mound to close things out. Eugenio Suarez was the first batter to greet Strop. Suarez took Strop deep and tied the game at 2-2.
Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom half of the ninth with a leadoff walk. But the Cubs, unfortunately could not get Rizzo around. They would head to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, David Bote stepped up to the plate. Many can assume what happened next. David Bote absolutely crushed a walk off home run to win the game and sent the fans home happy. Bote has been so clutch for the team this year, and is continuing to make a name for himself.
It was a solid first start from Mills. His final line was 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 8 SO’s. Many people didn’t expect Mills to pitch this good today, he did exactly what the Cubs needed him to do. Harvey’s line looked like 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 6 SO’s.
Looking forward to Saturday afternoon’s contest, it will be Jose Quintana vs Luis Castillo. Quintana is 10-9 with a 4.36 ERA. Castillo is 7-10 and has an ERA of 4.86. The game time remains the same, 1:20 P.M. This game will be broadcasted on ABC 7.
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