A win! A win! Thank jeebus.
Also, that was career win 1,000 for Cubs manager Joe Maddon (not all in the last two and a half years with the Cubs, as that would be a record). Congrats!
It was not a kind and gentle evening to pitch at Wrigley Field, and fortunately for the Cubs, it was less kind and gentle to the Reds’ pitchers.
Eh, I guess that’s an unfair way of saying that, as though it was mere happenstance that the Cubs knocked Reds pitching around, and Cubs pitching was slightly more effective against the Reds. The Cubs have been doing this kind of thing to the Reds for several years now.
John Lackey wasn’t perfect tonight, but, given the stiff breeze blowing straight out, I thought he pitched reasonably well (and ditto the bullpen). The Cubs, for their part, took advantage of a soft-tossing Bronson Arroyo and a soft Reds bullpen.
The Cubs continued their insane streak of only hitting solo homers by the way, with all four in this one of the solo variety, despite having baserunners all night. I have to go back and confirm my numbers when I’m not hurrying to get the EBS out, but I believe it’s 18 of the last 21 Cubs homers have been solo shots. That’s just bonkers. And completely flukey.
In any case, those four homers were the difference in the game. Cubs win! Cubs win! You can sleep tonight without a foreboding sense of sports-related dread!