Final R H E
Chicago Cubs (25-15)
5 9 0
Cincinnati Reds (19-24)
6 12 1
W: Amir Garrett (3-1) L: Brad Brach (3-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread | Statcast

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 Offense

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:

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.

The Pitching

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.

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)

25 Responses

  1. JB WV

    Clutch play by Garrett fielding that swinging bunt quickly and firing a seed to first. But what House was thinking sending Winker home earlier is beyond me. He was about halfway from third when the ball arrived. But a much needed win.

    • Brennan

      There was also that play where Votto almost got thrown out going from first to third on a hit to left field. The ball got there well before he did. I’m not sure if that was House too or if Votto made that decision but either way it was questionable.

      • ToBe Determined

        On a hit to left that should be on the base runner as the play is right in front of the runner were they can see it

      • lwblogger2

        What ToBeDetermined said… And if I’m watching the play, I’m not going unless it’s Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon out there. Ha.

  2. Chris Holbert

    Despite the still glaring weaknesses from the offense, it was a good win. One can only hope that it will trigger something to get some momentum. Gray remains winless but solid, and the bullpen again does the job. It will be interesting to see the lineup tomorrow, with the LH pitcher going.

  3. Reddawg12

    This might have been the biggest win of the season so far. Maybe this team has some fight in them after all. The Cubs are good.

    • RKReds

      Totally agree. With all these one run losses, I get the feeling that they are so close to being decent but something always goes wrong. Not tonight! Maybe the start of something….you can only hope.

  4. Doug Gray

    Once a month I’m clever. That was May’s contribution.

  5. Wutinthehail

    That bandwagon isn’t going to drive itself.

  6. TR

    A nice comeback and a much needed one-run win.

    • rex aultman

      I tried real hard to find another team to follow a few years back after many let downs…..turns out it is hard to do, I will remain a REDS fan for life I guess.

      I have been to a dozen MLB ball parks and have lived all over the country.

      It is not really a choice that I can make. They are the team I grew up with, they are the team that I am stuck with.

      • TR

        As a lifelong Reds fan who has become elderly, I’ve never felt stuck. I’ve tried to expand my daily baseball interest to include the other Ohio team but that’s never caught on. It’s Reds good or bad.

  7. Daytonian

    Real Cubs fans pay to park in a garage. They think it’s cheap.

  8. Scott Gennett

    Nice game and very much needed extra innings win. If only Puig could try to do not hit a HR every time he steps in at the plate, perhaps more hits and less Ks would happen.

  9. Don

    Nice game to have occur. Team fighting. Bell made good move with Garrett in 10th. Rasiel was out of gas. Good feelings as I start 9 hour drive to watch next three games live at GABP.
    They had 3 wins on my trip last year hoping for same this year.

    • Big Ed

      I get on Bell as much as anybody, but have no beefs with him last night. Iglesias needed to come out, and Bell made the right move, even if he knew that they would pinch-hit Contreras.

      I thought he might pinch-run for Votto after he got on in the 10th, but figured with 1 out that he couldn’t risk losing Votto’s bat. And I didn’t have any issue with his pinch-running Lorenzen for Votto at third, either, because the circumstances had changed enough to warrant it.

  10. Steven Ross

    Joe Morgan joined Chris Welsh and Thom Brennaman….when asked why Votto is struggling, Morgan said: he’s taking too many strikes. Needs to swing the bat. Then Thom asked him where should he bat in the lineup, he paused and said: 3rd. That’s where he’s had his best success.

    Can we please give Casali PT over Tucker now? This seems painfully obvious.

    • Reddawg12

      I agree that from the outside, based on the information we have, it’s hard to understand why Barnhart is given so much more playing time. It’s kind of funny because during all of the offseason talks about trading for Realmuto, I always thought of acquiring him as an extra luxury, not something the Reds really needed because the offense was already going to be so strong. Boy was I wrong.

    • steve stevens

      Many Votto critics argue exactly the same thing. He always has taken too many strikes down the middle and work the BB. That’s good for his obp but not for the team as he’s supposed to be the best hitter. Add that he’s not getting the benefit of the umps, swinging at worst pitches, slower swing missing fastballs and that’s the cause of the steep decline the last 2 seasons.

  11. Matt V

    Please let MAXIMUM DEREK catch on. I was at the game where he hit two three run blasts and definitely shouted that after each of his home runs.

    • lost11found

      I am Maximus Derikus Redicus. Player of second base, hitter of long balls, cast off of the fishes, and I will have my vengance in this inning or the next.

    • Matt V

      But then it’s not a reference to The Good Place anymore!

  12. lost11found

    Couldn’t see the game just app updates, but the only negative I could see was making Darvish look like a good pitcher again (11k, 5.2 innings).

    In spite of that, it looks like they scrambled and found a way to win in the end and that’s what counts. Needed some success in those tight games.

    Jose has been a nice signing. despite the error last night, he has been everything you could ask for in a veteran pre-camp signing as has Dietrich.

  13. SultanofSwaff

    Can’t say enough about Geno and Jose. With all due respect to Votto’s career, these two are giving the most professional at-bats night in night out. Iglesias is going to be one of those key veterans any playoff caliber team needs/trades for. He’s gonna be that guy for 4 more years in my estimation. If you believe the Reds competitive window is opening, it’s in everyone’s interest to explore a modest extension. 2 years plus a couple option years makes sense to me. I simply don’t see a place on the team for Peraza when Scooter returns. The backup SS could be Geno/Senzel/Farmer in some form or fashion.