|Chicago Cubs (25-15)
|Cincinnati Reds (19-24)
|W: Amir Garrett (3-1) L: Brad Brach (3-1)|
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It went to extras, and at times it wasn’t fun as the Reds lineup was dominated at times by Yu Darvish, but at the end of the day it was a good one and Puig is all of our friend.
The Reds got things going early, taking a 1-0 lead after Nick Senzel walked, stole second base, and scored on a double by Eugenio Suarez. Down 3-1 it was another double, this time by Jose Iglesias that scored MAXIMUM DEREK (Dietrich) to make it a 3-2 game. Iglesias would strike again in the bottom of the 7th inning, this time homering – a solo shot, to get back the run he allowed (via an error) in the top of the inning. That cut the Cubs lead to 4-3.
After a Kyle Schwarber solo home run made it 5-3 Cubs, the Reds clawed back with a Joey Votto single that set up Eugenio Suarez for his 13th homer of the season, tying the game up at 5-5. Both teams would go without runs in the 9th inning. The Cubs also went scoreless in the 10th. That gave Cincinnati a chance to win it in the bottom of the 10th. And that’s just what they did. Joseph Daniel Votto walked and moved to 3rd base on a single by Suarez (I’m sensing a theme here). An intentional walk to Jesse Winker to set up a double play led to a bases loaded scenario for Yasiel Puig. After taking ball 1, he stepped out of the batters box for this thing of beauty:
Next pitch: Walk-off hit. pic.twitter.com/X6TeApqTDW
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) May 16, 2019
On the next pitch he absolutely obliterated the baseball off of the wall in right-center for a walk-off hit and a Reds win over the Cubs.
Nick Senzel had 2 hits and 2 steals in the game. Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias each added 2 hits. For Iglesias that pushed his average on the year up to .295 – best on the team. Eugenio Suarez went 3-5 and raised his OPS to .918 on the season.
Sonny Gray had a solid, but unspectacular start. He allowed 3 earned runs in 5.0 innings. He only gave up 5 hits, and walked no one, but 2 of those 5 hits were home runs. They accounted for all 3 runs that he allowed. He would strike out 7 batters, throwing 88 pitches in the game.
Robert Stephenson came on for the 6th inning and fired a hitless inning with a walk and he struck out 2 more batters. His ERA now sits at 2.79 on the year and he’s walked just 5 batters with 25 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.
Here’s something fun to think about: There’s a decent argument that Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, or Luis Castillo all have the best single pitch in baseball.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) May 16, 2019
Jared Hughes only faced 2 batters, but wound up being charged with an unearned run after a throwing error on Jose Iglesias led to the Cubs getting a runner to second on an infield grounder, who would later score. David Hernandez came on for the 8th inning and served up a long home run to Kyle Schwarber that extended the Cubs lead to 5-3.
Raisel Iglesias came on to try and send the game to the bottom of the 9th inning tied up and he did just that. He returned for the 10th and got 2 outs, but Amir Garrett came on for the final out of the inning, setting up the walk-off hit in the bottom of the frame by Yasiel Puig.
Notes Worth Noting
Joe Morgan joined Chris Welsh and Thom Brennaman in the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast booth for an inning during the game. He noted that he was doing great, health wise, aside from his knee. Otherwise he’d be “out running marathons”. Always great news to hear from Morgan on his health after things didn’t sound so great as recently as 2 years ago.
Eugenio Suarez’ home run in the 8th inning was his 6th home run in his last 11 games. He’s also doubled 4 times in that span. He’s swinging the bat quite well right now.
Jesse Winker was thrown out at home by, what has been estimated by Statcast as a nautical mile.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds
Thursday May 16th, 6:40pm
Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.50 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (4-1, 1.76 ERA)