The Cubs were hoping to get back on a winning track against the Reds at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. A late inning offensive outburst and another terrific rookie debut led Chicago to the win.
Wade Miley came back from the 60-day IL to make the start. A walk followed by a Nick Madrigal throwing error put the first two men on base. Kyle Farmer then hit a slicing line drive to right field that skidded by Seiya Suzuki for a two-run triple.
Ian Happ got one of those runs back in the bottom of the frame when he hit a solo home run off of Boston College legend Justin Dunn. Miley settled down after the 1st inning and the only thing he allowed after that was a solo shot to Farmer in the 3rd.
Suzuki ended Dunn’s night in the 5th inning with a game-tying two-run homer to left. The Cubs busted the game open on Cincinnati’s beleaguered bullpen starting with a two-run bases loaded single from Madrigal in the 6th.
Christopher Morel knocked in a pair of runs in the 7th and Suzuki drew a bases loaded walk for a 8-3 lead.
Hayden Wesneski had a spectacular major league debut coming on in relief in the 5th inning.
Nico Hoerner tripled in the bottom of the 8th and came in to score on a Rafael Ortega sacrifice fly. Wesneski pitched all the way into the 9th inning to close out his first-career victory. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
The offense jumped all over a shaky Reds bullpen and Wesneski was outstanding in relief.
Eye on the Future
- Nico had been cold lately so it was nice to see him reach base three times.
- Madrigal also got on base three times and had the winning hit.
- Wesneski just shoved on the mound Tuesday: 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 8 K, and 1 BB.
- Miley did not show much rust: 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 6 K, and 2 BB.
Not even the most optimistic people were expecting to see what we did from Hayden Wesneski. His unique delivery and nasty slider could make him a very good major-league pitcher. Hopefully, we get to see a lot more of him over the next month.