What a roller coaster.
After Jon Lester gave up nine runs in the top of the second inning, the Cubs stormed all the way back with the help of the most powerful inning in franchise history. But the comeback was to no avail as the Reds outlasted the Cubs in a 13-10 slugfest in front of 38,675 at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon.
Ian Happ hit a solo homer in the second before the Cubs mashed four taters in the fourth inning, tying the franchise record for homers in an inning:
4th 4-HR inning in #Cubs history— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 17, 2017
May 12, 1930 (7th inning)
April 27, 2000 (1st inning)
June 21, 2008 (4th inning)
Today (4th inning)
Back in 2008, it was Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Aramis Ramirez and Edmonds (again) homering in the fourth inning against the White Sox.
Thursday, it was Kris Bryant going yard first followed by Alex Avila, Happ and Javy Baez going back-to-back-to-back:
It was the first time the Cubs had hit three straight homers since Derrek Lee, Sammy Sosa and Michael Barrett turned the trick against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 15, 2004.
Kyle Schwarber later got in on the yabo parade with an opposite field shot of his own in the fifth inning:
The Air and Schwarber Show.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 17, 2017
Cubs trail by two in the 5th. pic.twitter.com/dBLe1XT8fv
Here's an entire montage of dingers and planes as the Chicago Air & Water Show prepares for the weekend:
Planes, dingers and comebacks.— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) August 17, 2017
Just your typical Chicago afternoon. pic.twitter.com/7TgFMvqnmQ
After Schwarber's homer, Anthony Rizzo doubled home Bryant and Avila doubled home Rizzo to tie the game at nine.
tfw when it's a tie ballgame pic.twitter.com/aT0vofj4fs— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) August 17, 2017
From there, the Reds scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh and added solo tallies against the Cubs bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings. The Cubs did not have another comeback left in them, though Joe Maddon was more than pleased with the effort from his players.
Maddon said when he went out to remove Lester from the game in the second inning, he told all the infielders he needed each one of them to hit a homer. The quartet combined for four homers, but Happ hit two and Rizzo hit none and the homers were "not transferrable" Maddon joked.
It's the first time the Cubs have lost with back-to-back-to-back homers since 1999 and also the first time they were defeated when hitting six homers since 1979:
Today is #Cubs last loss with...— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 17, 2017
-back-to-back-to-back HR since 6/18/1999
-4-HR inning since 5/12/1930
-6 HR since 5/17/1979 (23-22 v PHI)