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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Cubs Are Ian Happ y To Avoid A Sweep

Ian Happ played in Great American Ball Park before.

As a member of the University of Cincinnati baseball team, Happ, played in a game against the University of Louisville.  In his third game back to the venue as member of the Chicago Cubs, Happ homered twice off Tim Adleman in a 6-2 Cubs win.

Happ, who broke up Scott Feldman’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning Friday night, his his 11th and 12th home runs of the season and drove in four to stake Jake Arrieta to a 4-0 lead  The Cubs avoided the first Reds’ sweep or a series between the teams since the Reds took three straight in Wrigley Field August 12-14, 2013.  The Reds haven’t swept the Cubs in Cincinnati since 1996.

“Happ had it going today. A couple pitches were where he could handle them and he got me,” Adleman said, “I thought I had good stuff today. I feel good.  Just a couple pitches the home runs to Happ and the double by Baez were mistakes.”

He dumped a broken bat single into leftfield to drive in a run in the sixth inning. Happ’s four RBI matched a career-high.

The Reds had a Joey Votto single as its total offense through six innings against Arrieta, who walked two.

 ‘They were just better today. Arrieta was really good. He didn’t give us much.  We only hit a couple balls on the barrel," Bryan Price said.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 19th home run of the season off Austin Brice with two outs in the seventh inning.

Adleman pitched well enough He allowed six hits and walked one. It was unfortunate that his lone walk to Contreras was in front of Happ's first home run.

“I thought Tim had good stuff," Price said.  "They fouled off some tough pitches and when they got a pitch they could handle, they didn’t miss it.  That Happ kid had a nice day.”

The Reds had a Joey Votto single as its total offense through seven innings against Arrieta, who walked two.  Arrieta threw a no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on April 21,2016.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 19th home run of the season off Austin Brice with two outs in the seventh inning.

The Reds benefitted from a double replay review in the eighth inning.  Contreras reached base on an error by Eugenio Suarez at thirdbase.  Happ, the next batter, hit a slow ground ball that Suarez had to charge and barehand to nip Happ at first.  Contreras tried to beat Suarez to third. Votto’s return throw to the back peddling Suarez was in time but Contreras slid wide to avoid the tag and was ruled safe by umpire Angel Hernandez.  The Cubs asked for a review of the play at first.  The Reds questioned the play at third.  The Reds won both in 2:14.  The call at first was confirmed.  The call at third was overturned. 

Addison Russell’s single would have scored Contreras.  Javier Baez doubled to plate Russell.

Justin Grimm replaced Arrieta in the eighth, one of three pitchers the Cubs used to navigate the rocky waters of the eighth inning.

A bases loaded single by Votto broke the shutout.  It was Votto’s 1,499th career hit which tied Ted Kluzewski for 10th place on the Reds’ All-Time list.

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