Cubs Slide–Loss on Wednesday is their 6th in 8 Games. Starters Taxing Bullpen
The Cubs rallied to tie the Reds with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Then in the top of the ninth the Cubs surrendered three runs to Cincinnati to fall 7-4. Things were looking great for Chicago’s playoff chances. After a bad west coast trip and some shoddy play at home Chicago has fallen to 76-57 with 30 games left and has a six game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the final playoff spot. Good thing for Chicago that the Dodgers have played well in their series with San Francisco or the Cubs lead would be shorter. The Chicago pitching has to raise some concern. They have allowed 24 runs in three games to the Reds. They get an off day on Thursday then welcome Arizona into town on Friday.
Jason Hammel: The Cubs starter on Wednesday had another short stint on the mound. In five innings he allowed four earned runs and seven hits as he escaped with a no decision. Last Friday night in LA Hammel worked just five innings in a loss. He had trouble with his command walking three.
Dan Haren: The veteran taxed the Cubs bullpen on Tuesday pitching just five innings before getting yanked out of the game and he received a no decision for his efforts.
Kyle Hendricks: There was no off day for Chicago following the conclusion of their west coast trip on Sunday night baseball. So they returned to work on Monday with Kyle Hendricks taking the hill for the Cubs. This began the trend of starters taxing the bullpen. Hendricks lasted just five innings allowing three earned runs and walking three. Cincinnati then went on to push across ten runs on the Chicago bullpen.
The Bronx Bombers Put up Double Digits for the 3rd Time in 6 Games.
It was another run outburst for the New York Yankees as they pushed across 13 runs in their victory on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Back on August 30th the Yankees scored 20 runs on the Braves. Two days earlier on the Braves, New York had scored 15 runs. They get an off day on Thursday before hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Stephen Drew: After a huge two RBI double which was key to the win on Tuesday, Drew had a three hit and three RBI game on Wednesday. He hit his 17th homer of the year.
Alex Rodriguez: The DH was mired in a huge slump in August. On Wednesday ARod contributed with a hit and two RBIs.
Carlos Beltran: The veteran right fielder added a home run and two RBIs in the victory.
Didi Gregorius: The Yankees shortstop has shown great improvement at the plate in recent months. His batting average is up to .272 after two hits with a solo home run on Wednesday.
Gregory Bird: The first baseman now has his average up to .254 with a two hit game and two RBIs in the victory. Bird had his third homer of the season.