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‘That’s entertainment,’ Joe Maddon says after Cubs top Reds 8-6 – Chicago Sun

The Cubs flipped the script in more ways than one Saturday.

In a game that featured six home runs and 25 hits, the Cubs employed a small-ball approach to generate the go-ahead run. The much-maligned bullpen, reeling from overuse, came through in a pinch.

And right-hander Yu Darvish, having been unable to pitch late into a game the last two seasons, found his way to the mound in the eighth inning of the Cubs’ wild 8-6 victory against the Reds.

“That’s entertainment, guys,” manager Joe Maddon said as he made his way to the postgame news conference. “They seem to all be like that, especially recently. The wind was a friend for both sides.”

Balls that at first appeared to be routine flyouts made their way into the outfield basket. Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward went deep for the Cubs, and the Reds had three homers of their own by Tucker Barnhart, Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig, whose fifth-inning blast crashed onto Waveland.

But homers only paint part of the picture. With the game tied at 6 in the eighth inning, Almora drew a one-out walk against Jared Hughes, Russell bunted a single down the third-base line and David Bote hit a clutch RBI double to left-center field. Kyle Schwarber drove in an insurance run — because you can never be too sure with this Cubs bullpen — with a sacrifice fly.

It certainly was a change of pace for a team that has hit 11 homers in its last four games to bring the season total to 80 in only 50 games.

“On days like today with the wind blowing out, it would have been easier to get it done like that,” Almora said of the homers. “But with a guy like Hughes, it’s not easy

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