Monday, June 27, 2016

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (11) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8) - 6/27/2016

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (11) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8) - Date: 6/27/2016 Kris Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter in April, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem that's had some historic moments in Cincinnati. Arrieta (12-2) threw his second career no-hitter on April 21 during a 16-0 win over the Reds. Bryant led the way with a pair of homers in that game, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high six RBIs. Arrieta struggled in his return to Cincinnati, giving up a season-high five runs in five innings, but Bryant drove in six runs again to help the right-hander pull through. Bryant's 16 tota l bases were a Cubs record, and his five hits marked a career high. Bryant doubled home a run in the first, hit a solo homer in the third and added a three-run shot deep into the upper deck in left field in the fourth off Dan Straily (4-5). His solo shot in the eighth came off Ross Ohlendorf, who also gave up a homer to Anthony Rizzo. Arrieta hit an opposite-field drive - his fourth career home run - in the fifth inning off Michael Lorenzen for an 8-3 lead. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner became the league's first 12-game winner despite his worst pitching performance of the season. Arrieta walked a season-high five batters in five innings, and four of them scored. Sports Handicapper Leads. The five runs allowed were his most since he gave up six during a 7-2 loss at Great American Ball Park on Aug. 28, 2014. Adam Duvall had a two-run double in the first inning, Jay Bruce singled home a run, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer off Arrieta. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Cubs have the best record in the majors at 49-26 despite their slump last week, set up by a lack of clutch hitting and poor relief pitching. freepick. The bullpen gave up three runs and four hits Monday, including Votto's second homer in the ninth inning. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Cubs improved to 7-1 against the Reds this season and have won 10 of their last 11 vs. their NL Central rivals. TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: OF Jorge Soler took batting practice as part of a pregame workout. He went on the 15-day disabled list June 7 with a strained left hamstring. Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup, getting a day off. ... RHP Caleb Cotham threw 20 pitches to Reds hitters before the game without any problems. He expects to start a rehab assignment soon. Cotham has been on the DL since May 31 with a sore shoulder. ... RHP Homer Bailey pitched one inning for Triple-A Louisville in his first rehab start, giving up three hits - including two homers - while throwing 25 pitches. UP NEXTCubs: LHP John Lester (9-3, 2.10 ERA) tries to become the second Cubs starter with 10 wins. He's 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six career starts against the Reds, including two this season. Reds: LHP John Lamb (1-4, 4.78 ERA) makes his second career appearance against the Cubs. Last Thursday, he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss to San Diego.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay