It was the Ben Zobrist show tonight as he reminded everyone exactly what his bat is capable of. Could he be a hero in the playoffs for the Cubs? No doubt about it. He cracked two home runs tonight in the Cubs 7-3 win against the Reds (Box Score).
Zobrist got the scoring started off tonight for the Cubs (102-57) with a solo home run, his 16th, in the top of the fifth inning to break up a no-hitter. He capped off the Cubs scoring in the top of the eighth inning with a line drive shot to right field for his second home run. Anthony Rizzo scored on the play after he’d driven in two runs on a single just prior to Zobrist’s at-bat.
Jake Buchanan was making his first start – and second appearance – for the Cubs since being called up on September 1, when rosters expanded to a limit of 40 players. He allowed two hits – two – over five innings of really solid, and quite frankly a little unexpected, baseball. Kudos to Jake.
The bullpen did a solid job. Carl Edwards allowed a home run to Joey Votto but that’s going to happen. Otherwise, the Cubs pitching staff did an excellent job in a bullpen game. Very good win by the boys in blue tonight.
Stats that matter
- The other Jake, just being Jake – 5.0IP, 0R, 1BB, 2Ks
- Ben – 3-for-4, 3R, 3RBI, 2B, 2HR
This was a very nice game when you consider the position the Cubs are in. A bullpen game where the bullpen pitched incredibly. The offense played well with eight hits, four walks and seven runs. It was a perfect example of what a game should look like when the game is more of a preparation than an actual game where the outcome matters.
The Cubs will play the Reds on Saturday at 3:10 PM CT and Jon Lester (19-4, 2.28 ERA) will be on the hill.