CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit three-run homers in the sixth inning as the Cincinnati Reds finally broke through against the Cubs' dominant pitching, beating the Cubs, 13-5, on Saturday night.
A victory would have given the Cubs (13-5) their best start since 1907, the year they won the first of their back-to-back World Series titles. A four-homer splurge ended the Cubs' domination of its NL Central rival.
This series opened with Jake Arrieta's second career no-hitter in a 16-0 win Thursday night. Jon Lester kept it going, throttling the Reds in an 8-1 victory the following night. John Lackey couldn't hold a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Saturday night.
Suarez's homer off Lackey (3-1) put the Reds up 5-3 and started a seven-run inning. Duvall connected off Trevor Cahill, and Scott Schebler followed with a solo homer. The Reds hadn't hit three homers in an inning since 2012.
Joey Votto later hit a two-run shot on a night when the Reds gave away Votto superhero bobbleheads.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.
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The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason.
After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member:
Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization."
All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.