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Yu’s Still Aces Cubs – 0; Reds – 3

Yu Darvish struggled through a 3 run first inning and that was enough. Put this one to bed and get ’em next time.

The Good

Of course Darvish was still awesome. He threw 98 pitches in his 6 innings on the mound. He struck out 9. 65 of his 98 pitches were strikes. Darvish didn’t give up a hit after the Moustakas home run.

Trevor Bauer was otherworldly. He had the Cubs hitters off-balance all day. 7 2/3 innings. 10Ks. The Cubs only managed to scatter 3 hits, one of which was immediately wiped out on a double play (on a Jason Heyward 105MPH EV liner to Joey Votto).

Craig Kimbrel looked pretty good. Except for his last outing against the Reds, he’s been pretty good for almost a month. He struck out 2 Reds. He gave up a hit to Shogo Akiyama, who was then picked off first.

Javy Baez and Vic Carratini wore number 21 to honor Roberto Clemente on his day.

The Bad

Darvish’s first inning. He walked two guys, first time he’s done that in forever (I don’t really feel like looking that up). He walked another Red at some point, which was the first time he walked 3 guys in a game since May 20, 2019. The Moustakas home run, into the wind, was only the 4th Darvish has given up all year.

Ian Happ went 0-4 with 3 Ks. That’s 6 strikeouts in 2 games for him.

The Ugly

The offenses combined for 7 hits.

The whole game was just frustrating. From Darvish’s walks in the first to Bauer baffling the Cubs hitters, it was just really frustrating. And, granted, I didn’t pay attention to every pitch but, man, that strike zone looked really ugly.

The Cubs were 3-3 in challenges today. The umpiring, man.

When this game ended, the Braves were beating the Marlins 29-9. Milwaukee beat the Tigers tonight, 19-0.

Tomorrow is Sonny Gray, coming off an awful start in which he gave up 6 runs in just 2/3rd of an inning against The Cardinals back on September 1, against Adbert Alzolay.

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