Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field.
The effort was extraordinary. The execution here was anything but.
No one runs like Billy Hamilton runs.
Matt Garza appreciated his time in Chicago, but he has a new mission now.
This helps make room for right-hander Jason Hammel.
He may be finishing in Chicago as unassumingly as he arrived.
Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered on Friday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to their fourth straight win, 7-4 over the Chicago Cubs.
Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and the Cincinnati Reds held off the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Friday.
Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on Cesar Izturis’ two-out single in the 13th inning Monday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory that gave the Chicago Cubs their fourth straights loss.
Brett Jackson hit his first career home run to help Brooks Raley earn his first major league win, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce added solo shots, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game weekend series.
Chris Sale, who had allowed eight runs in 7 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, is moving to the rotation following two seasons in the bullpen.
At least Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo and Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol have plenty of time to work out the kinks. Arroyo was hit hard and Marmol also struggled during Chicago’s 8-6 exhibition victory over Cincinnati on Monday.
Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning that lifted the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
Starlin Castro homered, scored four runs and drove in three while extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games and leading the Chicago Cubs to a 12-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series on Monday.
Tony Campana drove in a pair of runs with an inside-the-park homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Friday for their sixth consecutive victory.
Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning to lead the slumping Chicago Cubs past the Cincinnati Reds. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Cubs.
The struggling Chicago Cubs might be exactly who the Cincinnati Reds want to see right now, and Cubs’ current losing streak might be in danger of growing.
The rain-soaked weekend that ended the Chicago Cubs’ most recent homestand with a game cut short and a game postponed before it started, may turn out to benefit the Cubs.
At three games under the .500-mark, the Chicago Cubs are just four games back from the top of the NL Central. And there’s legitimate reason to think Cubs can stay competitive in their division.