The Reds finally won a road series this season as they were able to score 4 runs in the top of the eighth inning to top the Cubs 6-4 on Saturday afternoon in Wrigley Field in Chicago with the help of wildness by the Cubs bullpen.
They trailed 4-2 heading into the top of the eighth. Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol who was the at one time the closer for them but his wildness and his walking batters ratio was the final draw for the Cubs manager as he was pulled from that role and now he switches on and off on being the closer.Well on this day his wildness was back in action as he walked the first two batters in the inning, Cozart and Votto then he hit Brandon Phillips on a 1-2 pitch to load the bases. He then got pulled and the Wrigley faithful let him hear it as he was booed going into the dugout. Jay Bruce hit a RBI single to center that wasn’t hit hard that made it 4-3.
Todd Frazier drove in the tying run with a sac-fly. Xavier Paul was intentionally walked to load bases again well that plan backfired for the Cubs. Pinch hitter Jack Hannahan walked to force in the go ahead run for the Reds. Devin Mesacrco sac-fly brought home Bruce for an insurance run that made it 6-4.
Logan Ondrusek pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn the win. Aroldis Chapman who on Friday had a tough time, but bounce back great today to earn his seventh save of the year as he only threw 16 pitches in the inning compared to 32 on Friday.
Reds Rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani didn’t have the best start like his previous three starts but was able to hang in there by allowing 4 runs on three hits, no walks and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings.