A return home was a cure to what ailed the Cubs. Er, well, maybe it was just facing the Reds.
In either event, the bats – and 11 walks, lol – combined to generate the Cubs’ most runs since a 15-run outburst back on July 22. Big nights from Seiya Suzuki, Nico Hoerner, and Nick Madrigal, among others.
Wade Miley’s return was pretty darn successful, actually. The runs he gave up in the first were the combined effects of walks that probably shouldn’t have been walks, and a triple that was just a bloop that took a weird bounce. Even the homer he gave up later was a Wrigley Field special to the alley in left. In the meantime, Miley struck out five and managed to go 4.0 innings despite throwing 30 pitches in the first. I was impressed.
The story of the night, though, has to be Hayden Wesneski’s big league debut. He piggybacked Miley for the final five innings, keeping the Reds scoreless and looking OUTSTANDING in the process.
We’ll have so much more to say about the night, but dang if he didn’t have several plus pitches working. And that slider was a freaking frisbee.