Streak: L L
CIN 6 – CHC 5
Cubs have a closer problem.
They need one and there’s not one on this roster.
Which means the unpleasantness we watched Friday will continue to resurface until this front office figures out a way to add a bona fide closer.
Nothing demoralizes a team like a blown lead in the 9th.
The Cubs save percentage is a godawful 47.4%.
It’s an issue.
One Eugenio Suarez exposed in the 9th with his go-ahead 2-run HR off Steve Cishek.
It’s the second late-inning, gut-punch home loss this week (Monday).
CISHEK: (1-2, 3.34, BS 2)
4/6 in save chances.
HENDRICKS: (ND, 3.34)
6.0 IP — 3 ER, 6 H — 1 BB, 9 K
Retired his first 10 batters.
Quality outing in 4 of last 5 starts.
SCHWARBER: (1-4, HR, RBI)
Hit leadoff for the 9th time this season.
And for the 50th time in his career.
First career leadoff home run:
449-ft bomb to the back row of the RF bleachers.
BRYANT: (2-5, HR, 2 RBI)
Has hit safely in 6 of last 10 games.
During that span has 4 multi-hit games.
RIZZO: (2-4, HR, RBI)
Homered for a third straight game.
6-game hitting streak:
12-for-25 (.480 avg.)
CONTRERAS: (1-1, RBI)
Pinch hit for Montgomery in the 8th.
Singled in the go-ahead run on an 0-2 pitch.
ALMORA JR: (0-4)
Hitless last 2 games (0-8).
Outstanding sliding grab in CF to steal a hit from Derek Dietrich.
These are not the same old dog-breath Reds.
They can pitch and they can hit.
Not a lot of depth.
But they can ball.
And they’ve taken 3 of 4 from the Cubs.
NEXT – Sat. vs. CIN, 1:20 p.m. CT
Tyler Mahle (1-5, 3.51)
Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.06)