The Chicago Cubs are leading 2-1 over the Cincinnati Reds in the middle of the fifth inning on Wednesday night thanks to a pair of solo home runs and some solid pitching. Bryan LaHair went deep in the second inning and Ian Stewart followed him up in the fourth inning with a solo shot of his own, contributing both of Chicago's runs.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has given up just one run through four innings, and he actually didn't give up a walk or hit until the fourth inning. The Reds managed to get two runners on with one out in that inning, but Samardzija forced Jay Bruce into a double play, although Cincinnati managed to score a run on the play.
LaHair continues to be a surprising success for Chicago, as he's currently hitting near .400 with six homers and 15 RBI through 21 games. Even when he slows down a bit, you have to imagine that the Cubs have themselves a pretty solid starting first baseman.
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