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42-32, 2nd in NL Cent

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs admit they have to play better baseball but gave credit to the Reds for taking the first three games of the series this weekend. Cincinnati is now 28-30 under interim manager Jim Riggleman, after starting the season 3-15. Joe Maddon was asked about losing 3 straight to a last place team: “We went 0-6 on a road trip last year. It's called baseball. It's under the category of baseball but while you're saying that don't denigrate Cincinnati. This is an improved ball club and their pitching is way improved.” The Cubs have scored a total of 7 runs in the first three games, in a ballpark they usually put up big numbers in.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny left Saturday's game with back tightness but doesn't believe it's anything serious. It tightened up on him gradually, leading his catcher to come out to the mound before manager Joe Maddon pulled him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras believes Saturday's home plate umpire, Greg Gibson, got personal with him which led to the ejection of bench coach Brandon Hyde while Contreras was at the plate: “It all happened because I asked for timeout and apparently I didn't thank him...I never argued a single ball or a strike. I kept my mouth shut. I wasn't arguing with him about anything else...He said something to me that I didn't think he needed to say. I'm here because I earned my spot here. I just didn't appreciate what he said..It was something that I felt was directed at me personally. I'm not going to repeat what he said because I'm being professional. He knows what he said to me.”

Rizzo says Cubs aren't 'clicking' at the moment (1:23)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the Cubs 11-2 loss to Cincinnati, the team's third consecutive defeat to the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Including one today, Cubs relievers have allowed 41.1 percent of inherited runners to score in June, sixth most in the NL. It comes one month after allowing just 19 percent, which was fourth best in the league at that time. Brian Duensing allowed Joey Votto to score today after a 2 out walk in the third inning and then allowed 5 more runs, which were charged to him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

One inning after the Cubs gave up six runs, bench coach Brandon Hyde was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Greg Gibson while Willson Contreras was in the batter's box. After the ejection, manager Joe Maddon had a lengthy conversation with Gibson but he remained in the game. It's unclear what started the argument.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Cubs reliever Brian Duensing in the third inning, part of a six run frame for Cincinnati. It was his first career home run and first grand slam by a Reds pitcher since Bob Purkey in 1959, also against the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss the Cubs second consecutive loss to the Reds on Friday. He went 0 for 4 with 3 k's.

Schwarber smashes 15th homer (0:24)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs righty Yu Darvish (triceps) is getting closer to returning after another bullpen session on Friday, according to manager Joe Maddon: "Yu did really well today. We'll wait until tomorrow then plan the next step. The next step could be he goes out and pitches a minor league situation. If he comes in and feels great (Saturday), we'll let you know where the next step is going to occur."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs activated Brian Duensing from the bereavement list on Thursday while optioning Justin Hancock to Triple A-Iowa.

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Anthony Rizzo, Cubs first baseman

David Kaplan and Eddie Olczyk talk with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo about hitting in Cincinnati, moving up in the box while batting and Tommy La Stella.

1:02

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Hendricks discuss his outing where he walked three in his final inning, including one with the bases loaded, in the Cubs 6-2 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday.

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Winker's grand slam rallies Reds past Cubs 6-2

Jesse Winker hit his first career grand slam during a big sixth-inning rally Thursday night, putting Matt Harvey in line for his second win for the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2 over the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs serve notice: They're the NL team to beat

With their athleticism and daring on the bases and in the field, the Cubs have a leg up on other contenders in the NL -- as the Dodgers found out.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Yu Darvish moved closer to a return from tendinitis in his right triceps after throwing a simulated game at Wrigley Field before Wednesday's game against the Dodgers. Both Maddon and Darvish said the outing went as well as could have been expected and he was able to work on all of his pitches. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday before a next step is established but it could be a rehab start, of which Darvish said he likely would only need one before he returns to the Chicago rotation.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the disabled list because of back tightness. Morrow hurt himself while taking off his pants which, on the surface, sounds kind of amusing but is the kind of frustrating back-related tweak that many of us can identify with. The move is retroactive to Sunday. Reliever Justin Hancock, added as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader, will remain on the big league roster.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.322nd
Quality Starts3814th
WHIP1.2814th
BAA.2213rd
Runs3538th
Batting Average.2575th
On Base Percentage.3391st
Slugging Percentage.41412th