Under normal circumstances, a few wins over the hapless Reds wouldn’t be anything to celebrate. But the World Series champs coming home on the heels of a 2-7 run isn’t really normal. So hanging several crooked numbers and beating their divisional opponents over the course of three beautiful days at Wrigley was incredibly enjoyable. For Cubs fans, anyway.
If nothing else, it was nice to have a few stress-free days, the product of early offensive explosions that saw the Cubs string together hits and drive plenty of balls into the bleachers. Thursday’s finale was over nearly as soon as it started, with the Reds falling victim to Amir Garrett’s wildness and Javy Baez’s bases-loaded magic. The entertaining Cubs infielder came into the game 2-for-13 lifetime with the bases loaded. Guess what both hits were? Yep, grand slams.
So when he stepped to the plate with the bags juiced, one run already in, and a struggling pitcher who was just hoping to locate after issuing three walks in the inning, you know Baez was looking to grip it and rip it. Garrett’s churning slider just hung there up and in and practically begged to be destroyed. And destroy it, Javy did.
Kris Bryant added a beautiful …
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