Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs for the Cubs, as they beat the Reds 5-4 in 13 innings on Tuesday evening. Schwarber grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and grew up rooting for the same Reds he beat up on tonight.

The Reds got off to a quick start in the first inning. Brandon Phillips leadoff the bottom of the first inning with a single. Joey Votto then drilled a line drive right at the Cubs CF Dexter Fowler, who dropped the ball. Todd Frazier hit a sac fly, and the Reds took a 1-0 lead. The Reds added another run in the second inning on a Skip Schumaker RBI groundout.

Rasiel Iglesias had a solid bounce-back from his disastrous start right before the All-Star break. Iglesias allowed just two runs over 5.2 innings, while striking out eight Cubs batters.

The Cubs tied the game off Iglesias in the sixth inning. Chris Coughlin hit a ball to the top of the wall that was grabbed by a fan. It was originally called a triple. Bryan Price went out to challenge the call, because he thought it wasn’t a home run. The umpires then after a lengthy review decided it was actually a home run, and the game was tied at two. It was ruled an “umpires review” and not a challenge by Price.

The Reds got back-to-back singles in the 7th inning, and after Joey Votto stole second base, Todd Frazier channeled his inner Vladimr Guerrero by hitting a pitch that nearly hit the dirt for a 2-RBI single, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead.


J.J. Hoover, who was filling in for Aroldis Chapman, couldn’t hold the two run lead in the 9th inning. Hoover allowed a game tying two run bomb to Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber.

The game went into extra innings. Both teams bullpens held their opponent scoreless until the 13th inning. That’s when Middletown native Kyle Schwarber hit his second home run of the night, giving the Cubs a 5-4 lead. The Reds went down in order in the bottom of the 13th. The Reds are now 3-8 against the Cubs this season. Long gone are the days of beating up on the Cubs.

Final/13 innings R H E
Cincinnati Reds (41-49) 4 13 0
Chicago Cubs (49-42) 5 12 1
W: Motte (7-1) L: Adcock (1-2) S: Grimm (2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Kyle Schwarber’s solo home run off Nate Adcock in the top of the 13th inning, giving the Cubs a 5-4 lead. That home run decreased the Reds chances of winning by 40.0% (from 55.2% to 15.2%).

Player of the Game

Rasiel Iglesias: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 K

Iglesias pitched pretty well. Iglesias allowed two runs in 5.2 innings, but the second run was off a pretty cheap home run. Iglesias couldn’t recover from that, and was pulled after walking two batters. Iglesias certainly showed a lot promise tonight. That is important since Iglesias figures to be a major part of the Reds rotation for the next several seasons.


Joey Votto has been smoking pitches lately. Votto drilled a pitch in the first inning that was hit so hard that Dexter Fowler dropped it. Votto then drilled another pitcher off the wall in the third inning, but was held to a single. Votto added another single in 7th inning, after he fouled off several pitches against LHP Travis Wood (left-handed batters have a .617 OPS against Travis Wood this season).

Brandon Phillips had a 2-hit night in the leadoff spot. Brayan Pena also added 3 hits.

Jumbo Diaz looked good in relief. Diaz got out of Iglesias jam in the sixth inning, and then also got through the seventh inning without allowing a run. Diaz struck out 1, allowed 1 hit, and didn’t walk a batter.

Ryan Mattheus also pitched a scoreless 8th inning (1 H, 0 BB, 1 K).

Dylan Axelrod gave the Reds two scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 3.


J.J. Hoover had been really good of late, and really all season (allowed just 1 run in his previous 23 appearances, 3 in his last 37). He was not good tonight though. Hoover allowed a game tying 2-run bomb to Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the 9th. It was an absolute bomb too on a pitch right down the middle of the plate. Hoover was filling in for Chapman because he pitched three innings over the last two days.

The Reds are supposedly in a self-proclaimed “youth movement,” as described by manager Bryan Price. Tonight, Price started 37 year old Marlon Byrd in CF, and 35 year old Skip Schumaker in LF. Neither of whom will be playing for the Reds next season. Good times.

Both Joey Votto and Todd Frazier were both picked off first base tonight. So, that’s not a good thing.

Not so random thoughts…………..

I’m all for the Reds having a full on bonfire-style fire sale. I wrote that the Reds should Blow It Up, and I’m also that guy that many of you think is nuts for saying The Reds should trade Todd Frazier. There is one player that I don’t understand why the Reds are looking to trade, based on the Reds saying they believe they can compete in 2016/2017 by not trading Todd Frazier.

If the Reds think they can compete in 2016 and 2017, why on earth would they trade a very productive outfielder who is only owed $12.5 million in 2016, and has a team option of $13.5 million in 2017 (for comparison, Brandon Phillips is owed $13 million and $14 million in 2016 and 2017). I just want the Reds to commit one way or the other. If they are going to rebuild, I am all for it. But if you are going to do that, you should be trading Todd Frazier too.

Up Next:

The Reds and Cubs will play two tomorrow. Mike Leake will likely be making his final start at Great American Ballpark in a Reds uniform in the first game. The second game will feature Tony Cingrani making his first start of the season.

Cubs at Reds (Split Doubleheader)
Wednesday, 12:35 & 6:10
TV: FSN-Ohio (6:10 only)
Game 1: Mike Leake (19 GS, 3.96 ERA, 4.10 FIP) vs Kyle Hendricks (18 GS, 3.44 ERA, 3.23 FIP)
Game 2: Tony Cingrani (0 GS, 3.47 ERA, 3.83 FIP) vs Dallas Beeler (1 GS, 3.60 ERA, 1.86 FIP)

All photographs used are courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Kareem Elgazzar, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats and Info, and Baseball-Reference (including Baseball-Reference Play Index).

37 Responses

  1. RedAlert

    Nick , nice recap ! I don’t think Price even has a clue what the word “youth” means or stands for – I don’t dislike him at all , but I do not want him managing the Reds next year – he is not the answer- has seemingly learned absolutely nothing in his almost 2 years on the job – couple him with Walt Van Jocketty, and you get what you have here – “what we got here is a failure to communicate ” – there is some kind of disconnect going on in this organization – bottom line is on Castellini – he hired AND EXTENDED a now inept GM – and in turn put a manager in place that is way in over his head – it’s not gonna change until the owner decides – and apparently he’s not at that point yet – sad state of affairs right now with this team and organization – – it’s embarrassing

    • Tom Gray

      Price simply cannot manage in MLB. I don’t dislike him but he is not a manager. That was obvious last year and reinforced this year.

      The Reds have had other guys who couldn’t manage the team. Mayo Smith. Don Heffner. Vern Rapp. Russ Nixon. Dave Miley. And a few others I’d have to look up.

      Fred Hutchinson, Sparky Anderson, Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson, Jack McKeon, and Dusty Baker are/were MLB caliber managers. Sparky was HOF caliber.

      Find another one like them.

      • pinson343

        That list that starts with Fred Hutchinson is a nice list. Didn’t like Dusty as much as the others, but for sure he was better than the guys on the 1st list.

        You forgot Jerry Narron for the losers list. John McNamara is tough one to call, too bad about 1981.

    • RFM

      The test of the managing the ‘youth movement’ is what happens after trades – at the moment Marlon Byrd and Skip Schumaker are still here. Hopefully they’re both traded by July 31st, at which point the ‘youth movement’ Price has talked about elsewhere on the field (SP, C, SS, CF), can expand to LF. At the moment they should be doing anything they can to promote Byrd and Schumaker’s trade value – trying to move them for prospects is very much in line with the goals of a youth movement. The youth movement won’t be noticeably hindered by a final few days of Byrd and Schumaker.

  2. B-town Fan

    This game is one of the reasons you don’t pitch Chapman 2 innings in a game, unless it’s a post season game. Price probably had been looking for a good time pitch him more than 1 inning for a while and then did on Sunday, and payed for it tonight, because he wasn’t available.

    • Redsfan48

      I don’t think it was the issue of Chapman pitching 2 innings Sunday that made him unavailable today, but more that he threw 44 pitches on Sunday. I’m all for Chapman pitching 2 innings when possible, but they shouldn’t let him throw more than 30 pitches in those outings, that way he’s more likely to be available the next 2 days.

      • Nick Kirby

        Chapman probably could have pitched, but the Reds are trading him, so they are taking it easy.

      • lwblogger2

        Rumor has it that Chapman wasn’t supposed to be available on Monday but pretty much demanded the ball in the 9th inning. I’m willing to bet that he either was told he wasn’t going yesterday or he told the staff that he was gassed and needed the night off. It wasn’t the 3 IP but probably more the number of pitches over the last couple days. Chapman is horribly mismanaged but I don’t really think him not going last night was mismanagement on the Reds’ part.

    • CP

      I agree that is why managers behave the way they do.

      However, games you lose in the 8th, count the same as games you lose in the 9th. The games you lose in the 9th just stick out more.

  3. pinson343

    The 7 innings by the bullpen on Sunday, 4 more on Monday, came back to bite the Reds. Nice job by Axelrod last night, he’s better than a lot of guys who have pitched in the bullpen this year.

    • pinson343

      And a double header tomorrow. Leake and Cingrani need to go at least 7.

      • msanmoore

        I’m thinking it will take a minor miracle for Tony to pitch 7. 6 might even be a stretch as he’s gone no more than 5 in his rehab starts. But there is always hope he gets efficient and the Cubs get sloppy.

      • lwblogger2

        I think 5 innings is what we’ll see out of Cingrani and that’s if he is effective.

  4. pinson343

    Hoover’s HR pitch to Schwarber was a flat out mistake. He was going to give up that 1st HR of the season at some point.

    Schwarber stands well off the plate with that open stance, just inviting a pitch on the inside corner. And yet the double off Iglesias and the HR off Adcock were on pitches where the target was low and inside in the strike zone, right in his wheelhouse.

    • WVRedlegs

      Schwarber had some difficulty with the low outside pitch at the knees, yet they hardly pitched him there. Huge mistakes.
      As a ballplayer, you got to love that Schwarber guy. As a Cub, not so much. Schwarber will mash it more than Kris Bryant will, and that is a very scary thought.
      Schwarber, Bryant, Rizzo, Soler, and Russell. Holy Cow!

      • lwblogger2

        Yes… He’s got a lot of work to do behind the plate though. Of course that bat plays anywhere. The guy can flat out hit.

  5. pinson343

    BHam was given a rest last night. But as far as youth goes, right, why not start DeJesus instead of Schumaker ?

    • doctor

      agreed, dont understand that. If Price thought BHam needed a rest and wanted to maintain batter matchups, then Dejesus(or Bourgeois) could played Monday vs Cubs(R vs LP) and Billy last night. Makes no sense to play Skip much anymore except to pinch hit.

    • Redsfan48

      DeJesus injured his leg (I think hamstring) on Sunday, he probably wasn’t 100% so they wouldn’t have started him.

    • lwblogger2

      DeJesus is banged up and also there is a chance that the Reds are trying to give Schumaker some time because they are trying to move him. That’s pure speculation on my part though.

  6. doctor

    Today was 1st time that I did not like watching Kyle Schwarber hit. Been watching him prior 3 years crush the B10 for the Indiana Hoosiers. Now seeing him hit bombs for the Cubs is a bummer.

  7. big5ed

    Count me as a guy who thought THom was over the top about Kyle Schwarber. I get it; he’s a fine boy; good local family, etc. Good for him.

    But hearing it 38 times from THom in 2 hours . . .

    FBI statistics show that 3/5 of the persons who strangle their significant others did so after listening to Tim McCarver do a baseball game. That is what THom reminded me of last night: i had Mrs. Big Ed leave the house after THom went into it for the 23rd time.

    • msanmoore

      Smart move on your part. +10 for thinking of your marriage and how Thom could wreck it.

      • big5ed

        Actually, she left on her own, when I stuck my head through the door and said, “Here’s Johnny!!”

      • msanmoore

        Extra +5 for the Jack Nicholson reference.

  8. Redsfan48

    I’m glad to see Jumbo Diaz back and pitching well again. He definitely has the stuff to be a good Major League reliever, but I think he lost his confidence after a few rough outings at the beginning of the year. After pitching well at Louisville, I think he regained that confidence, and has looked very good in the 3 outings he has had so far.

  9. Chad Jones

    Agree with most posters on Price. I don’t have a problem with the guy, but he’s not the answer at manager. I can’t wait to see the lineups we trot out for the DH today. I’m also beginning to think the longer we wait the less we get in trades. I can really see Jocketty screwing this up and us not getting much return. Hate to be so negative, but I trust Walt zero in this scenario. As far as I know he has never been in charge of a “fire sale” as a GM.

    • Redsfan48

      Bryan Price does still have real value with this team, but it’s as the pitching coach, not as manager. I hope they offer him a pitching coach job if they remove him as manager, but he might not accept anyways. He did a great job developing the pitchers when he worked under Dusty Baker, and I’m sure he has something to do with the development of the young pitchers this year also.

  10. jamesgarrett

    Jumbo has a power arm and he will be all right.We need more guys with his stuff in the pen.Next years pen needs at least 5 or 6 guys that throw mid to upper 90’s.The Cards,Cubs and Bucs all have several power arms in the pen.

  11. lost11found

    I enjoyed watching Schwarber hit homeruns as a Hoosier, now that he’s a cub….not so much…

  12. BMBLUE

    Disagree that the reds cant trade bruce without trading Frazier. The reds cant blow it up while they have Joey Votto in his prime. Say for example they can get a top 5 minor league outfield prospect for Bruce (reasonable expectation). They you have 2 top outfield prospects in Winker/Prospect X with Yorman and Waldrop sprinkled in. 2016 probably won’t win the division, but they have enough talent in the lineup with Meso/Frazier/Votto/Phillips/Suarez to contend for a while care. Then, in 2017, you have all those guys back plus another year of seasoning for the pitchers and cornerstone outfielders, they should be able to compete for the division title in 17. Then, let Frazier and Phillips walk and the contracts come off the books. They’ll be fine.

  13. Daytonian

    Schwarber can hit and hit. But he can’t catch. He dropped the ball all night. WHY WAN’T BILLY IN THE LINE UP? Hamilton would’ve given him fits all night long. This was not the game to rest Billy. If Schwarber catches, Bill should play. It’s not that difficult.

    • CP

      You can’t steal first base.

      I got a feeling it has something to do with the .167/.222/.190 line Billy has put up during the month of July…

  14. Tom Reed

    That’s a game Schwarber should remember as a Reds fan playing for the Cubbies.