CHICAGO - Rich Hill is carrying a strong finish to last season into a new year and showing the potential to be a consistent winner for the Chicago Cubs.
“Knowing you belong here is a thing you have to have,” Hill said Saturday after his sharp pitching and some small-ball offense helped the Cubs end a four-game losing streak by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-0.
Pitching on seven days' rest, Hill limited the Reds to three singles over seven innings on a cold and windy day at Wrigley Field. In his first outing this season, Hill allowed only one hit and one run in seven innings against the Brewers.
“I was making them cause the action, making them swing the bat. That's as simple as I can make it,” Hill added.