CINCINNATI — With the Cubs comfortably ahead, Joe Maddon added to his lore as a manager who’s not afraid to go against tradition and have some fun, too.
Maddon had left-handed Anthony Rizzo play third base in the ninth inning — filling in while Kris Bryant went for precautionary X-rays on his hand — as Chicago finished off a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
The National League MVP wasn’t aware that Rizzo had taken his spot in the ninth, and he knew he wouldn’t hear the end of it from his lefty fill-in.
Javier Baez fell behind 0-2 against left-hander Wandy Peralta (3-4), worked the count full, fouled off a pitch and then singled to right for a pair of runs that tied it 6-6, his bat shattering on impact.
Cubs: C Willson Contreras ran before the game and felt good, but manager Joe Maddon doesn’t want to push him too fast as he recovers from a strained right hamstring that landed him on the DL on Aug. 11.
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