Cubs Crush Reds 20-9: Swanson’s Power Surge and Historic Offensive Display
Swanson’s Two-Homer Night
Dansby Swanson was the offensive hero for the Cubs, homering twice and driving in five runs. His three-run blast in the first inning set the tone, and he added a two-run shot in the fourth, contributing to Chicago’s 13-2 lead.
Cubs’ Offensive Explosion
The Cubs’ performance at the plate reached new heights for the season, as they recorded an impressive 21 hits and runs combined, showcasing their offensive prowess. The offensive display included home runs from several players, including Mike Tauchman, Cody Bellinger, Nico Hoerner, Patrick Wisdom, and Miguel Amaya, each contributing to the long-ball tally. The seven homers matched a modern franchise record for the team, last accomplished in 1977.
Reds’ Pitching Struggles
Ben Lively (4-7) had a night to forget, charged with a career-high 13 runs and 13 hits in four innings. The Reds’ pitcher Ben Lively had a challenging outing, allowing 13 runs. This unfortunate feat marked the first time a Reds pitcher had given up so many runs in a single game since the distant year of 1915.
Steele’s Winning Effort
Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (12-3) earned the win, pitching six innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits. Despite the runs allowed, Steele’s performance was enough to secure the victory in a high-scoring affair.
Reds’ Late Rally
For the Reds, Tyler Stephenson made his mark with a two-run home run, while Matt McLain had a productive night at the plate, recording three hits and driving in two runs. Christian Encarnacion-Strand added a two-run single in the Reds’ four-run ninth inning, but it was too little, too late.
Trade Activity and Roster Moves
Both teams were active in recent trades, with the Cubs reacquiring Jeimer Candelario, who went 4 for 5 in his return. The Reds added Sam Moll, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his debut.
A Historic Night
The game was notable for its offensive fireworks and historic pitching struggles. The Cubs’ 20 runs marked a significant bounce-back after a 6-5 loss in the series opener. The game also lasted only 2 hours and 54 minutes, a quick pace considering the high score.
Drew Smyly (8-7, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Cubs, while Brandon Williamson (3-2, 4.48 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds in the next game of the series, a matchup of left-handers.