Chicago Cubs hold off sliding Cincinnati Reds for 7-5 win


In keeping with tradition, Kunovic said he's written twice as many futures tickets on the Cubs as the next closest team, the Indians.

The rookie outfielder, called up from Triple-A Iowa for his major league debut Saturday in St. Louis, has filled in admirably with Jason Heyward on the disabled list due to a sprained finger.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday the team doesn't know how far Garrity fell, but it wasn't from the upper deck. "Right around this time previous year we were 25-6, and I was getting asked nonsarcastic questions about how we were going to manage the push for the greatest record of all time versus resting guys for the playoffs, and I called B.S. on that, and now I'm getting asked if we're going to send everyday guys down to Triple A ... or if we're going to consider selling".

Candelario hit.143 with two RBIs in six games with Chicago. And manager Joe Maddon doesn't really think about the point where he would start doing things differently.

3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Feldman falls to 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA through nine starts. Garrett pitched six effective innings in a 14-2 win against San Francisco in his previous start for Cincinnati on May 6.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (right elbow surgery) "has been throwing off a mound aggressively", manager Bryan Price said.

"When you have young guys in this position, the big picture would be that you would not want to influence or dent their confidence in any way or have them lose faith in you". This time it was Scott Feldman (or if you prefer the Professor Frink pronunciation: Scott FELDMANHOOOYEGLEYBANWITHTHEBADBREAKINGSTUFFTHATGOESHOYVEN!) whom the Cubs treated like a whoopee cushion and put a touchdown on in just eight outs.

Lester has five no-decisions this season. He allowed five hits and three walks and also hit a batter.

Before the Cubs beat the Reds on Tuesday to even their record at 19-19, a 2-4 road trip had dropped them below.500 this late in the season for the first time since 2014.

But using a fastball that rarely reached 87 miles per hour, a changeup 7 or 8 miles per hour slower and a healthy fear of the middle of the strike zone, last year's major-league ERA leader (2.13) turned in a second consecutive quality start in adverse conditions (also last week at Coors Field).

Happ, the Cubs first-round draft pick in 2015, had a pretty good big league debut, going 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning home run against the Cardinals.

The netting at Wrigley Field is clear again.

Kyle Schwarber, who hit a home run on Tuesday against the Reds, has had a slow start to the 2017 season. The lights for the first couple of letters were out for the whole game. If the offense can keep rolling, the Cubs could have a very successful home stand.

The Reds return home after the Thursday series finale.