The Cubs and Reds squared off for game 2 of a 4-game series and guaranteed themselves a series tie, beating the Reds 8-5.
After last night’s bullpen debacle and Alec Mills starting, one would have
reasonably been concerned of having to get extremely deep in this thin-ass bullpen. However, Alec would like to tell you he can complete 6 innings from time to time. The Cubs strung together runs in the final seven innings of the game to secure the victory.
The Cubs Offense: The Cubs offense had several good performers. Javier Baez led the effort with 2 home runs, 1 double, and 1 sweet slide into home. David Bote logged his first home run of the season. LOCAL GUY Jason Kipnis had 2 hits, including one sun-assisted triple. Kipnis was even the Cubs WPA leader at 17.3. Nico drove in a couple runs, as well.
Alec Mills: Mills was about as good as you’d expect your fifth starter to
be. He gave 6 solid innings. He kept the hard contact to a minimum, 5 hard hit balls. He kept the ball on the ground, inducing 10 ground outs of his 18 outs. Just keep putting together outings like that, and the Cubs will be fine while waiting for Quintana.
The Cubs Bullpen: While it was not the debacle from Monday night, 3 runs in 3 innings is not ideal. Tepera allowed a pretty fluky home run to Galvis. An exit velocity of 97.1 and launch angle of 40 degrees has a batting average of 0.049 over the last 2 years (18-19). Still, putting the game back to a potential save opportunity is not a whole lot of fun.
I do not really have anything. I will watch Off the Mound to build up
something hateworthy before next time.
If you want to bitch about Nicky Two-Bags reminding the Cubs how good he was
with them last year, have fun.