Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cubs to take on Reds on the road

Cubs to take on Reds on the road

Anthony Santander etched his way into Camden Yards' history when he hit the 100th home run, and 45th by an Oriole, to land on Eutaw Street since the stadium opened on April 6, 1992.

Chicago's offense secured eight hits on Saturday.

The Reds play nine straight home games heading into the All-Star break, representing a chance to get into the NL Central race or remain stagnant near the bottom of the division.

With their starters not firing on all cylinders this year, the Cubs are sitting a somewhat disappointing 44-38, though they do hold a half-game lead over the second-place Brewers in the NL Central. Sonny Gray (4-5) threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts to pick up the win. Hamels was 11-1 in 17 career starts against Cincinnati. He threw six innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in an 8-3 Cubs victory. The outfielder caught Curt Casali's blooper into shallow right before throwing a strike to first base to double off Derek Dietrich, who initially reached after he was hit by a pitch for a major league-leading 16th time this season. Tyler Chatwood and prospect Adbert Alzolay have each started games of late, though neither righty has soaked up many innings in those showings.

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While Heyward and Baez provided the fireworks with their bats on Saturday, Reds slugger Yasiel Puig set off some more with his response to being hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop in the eighth inning.

The Reds are 14-20 against opponents from the NL Central. The homer was the 13th of the season for Heyward, who is 13-for-28 with three homers, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in his past eight games.

Amid all the drama, the Chicago Cubs managed to pull out one they really needed.

Hamels apparently felt something in his left side and removed himself from the game. The Cubs would go on to lose the game 6-3.

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