It's true for most teams, and certainly for the Cubs: Playing against the Reds is fun.
That was the case Wednesday night in their 9-3 victory, proving to be their fifth straight victory.
Here are some of the highlights from the W:
Jason Heyward had himself a night, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, 2 RBIs and a walk. This one below allowed the Cubs to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The Cubs dominated throughout, but the night could have looked differently if the Reds were able to put something together in the third inning. With two on and All-Star Joey Votto at the dish, trouble was brewing. Luckily Javy Baez cares not for trouble, so he did this.
It helped Mike Montgomery throw six shutout innings, eventually earning a W for his efforts in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark.
Kyle Schwarber then decided he wanted to get in on the fun, launching an opposite-field three-run homer to give the Cubs a touchdown lead.
Ian Happ is trying to put us reporters out of business by giving him a mock interview in the dugout after the dinger.
The Reds caught fire late with three solo homers in the ninth, but it was far too little too late.
Cubs win. Blouses.
Even World Series MVP's have travel headaches.
Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist was a late scratch from Tuesday night's lineup because of a rental car mix-up in Nashville, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers and WSCR's Mark Grote.
Ian Happ will start in Ben Zobrist's place on Tuesday night as the latter player is experiencing travel issues... https://t.co/Z9AXFnwFB3— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 22, 2017
So Ian Happ had to fill in. When the Cubs' glue guy finally did show up, though, he made his presence felt immediately by smacking a pinch-hit, two-run double to give the North Siders an 8-6 lead:
Zobrist finished with three RBIs off the bench, but this story is truly great because of the Twitter reaction it inspired:
Ben Zobrist at the airport. pic.twitter.com/efwbC8ia8A— Videogamelover58 (@Videogamesteve5) August 22, 2017
Hello boys, I'm baaaaaaack pic.twitter.com/INsqTxPGYO— Dubya (@Cobbles69) August 23, 2017
So think about that next time you're on the cusp of complaining about traffic, Metra or the CTA.