Cubs Power Past Reds 15–5

Chicago Tribune

The Cubs started a seven game homestand with a bang. Home runs by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo powered the Cubs offense past the Reds on Monday night.

Jose Quintana posted another quality start, going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs. Quintana threw 54 strikes on 104 pitches. He struggled with his command most of the night. He also plunked two batters. The important part is that he is keeping the Cubs in the game when he needs too. Quintana will need to minimize the mistakes to give the Cubs another potent arm down the stretch.

Mike Montgomery took over in the 6th inning and allowed three runs over the course of 2 and 2/3 innings pitched. Justin Grimm came on in relief to close out the game and save some of the bigger bullpen arms.

The Cubs took an early two run lead in the first on an Anthony Rizzo two run single. Jon Jay had nearly hit for the cycle posting up a single, double and triple. His triple started off the five run fourth inning for the Cubs scoring Jason Heyward. Tommy LaStella who filled in for Ben Zorbrist who was scratched before the game, scored Jon Jay on a single. Kris Bryant followed with a two run homer. Not being outdone, Anthony Rizzo followed with a moonshot home run.

Mike Montgomery added t0 the scoring in the 7th inning with a bases loaded two run double. Tommy LaStella would add another RBI as Reds right fielder Patrick Kivlehan misjudged a popfly near the wall. Rizzo would follow with a one run RBI single. Kyle Schwarber snapped out of his Arizona funk with reaching base 4 times and adding an RBI in the 7th inning as well. In the 8th inning the Reds put in second baseman Scooter Gennett to pitch and Javy Baez took him deep to add on with a two run home run.

The Cubs will take on the Reds again tomorrow night as Kyle Hendricks will take the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm CST.