|Cincinnati Reds (23-27)||6||11||0|
|Chicago Cubs (29-20)
|W: Hernandez (1-2) L: Cishek (1-2) SV: Iglesias (11)|
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The game didn’t look great early on for the Reds, but they battled back time and again to beat the baby bears in Chicago on Friday afternoon.
The Reds bats were quiet for the first three innings, but got going in the 4th. Singles by Joey Votto and Jesse Winker set up the first run of the game for Cincinnati when Yasiel Puig singled in Votto. It was Puig again in the 6th that put the Reds on the board, this time hitting a 431-foot homer that drove in Jesse Winker to make it a 4-3 game. The next inning saw Winker double in Joey Votto to tie the game up. The Cubs decided to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th, setting up a 9th inning of fun. Votto, who was in the middle of the offense all day long, walked to lead off the inning. David Bell pinch ran for him with Michael Lorenzen, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he used a sloth because Eugenio Suarez took the next pitch of the game 445 feet to dead center field to put the Reds up 6-5. That blast would be enough thanks to……
A leadoff home run by Kyle Schwarber got the Cubs out to a good start against Anthony DeSclafani, but he shut the bats down rather easily the rest of the next two innings. But then Chicago put on a brief episode of Home Run Derby as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back in the 3rd to put them up 4-0. DeSclafani wouldn’t make it out of the 4th inning, leaving the bases loaded with 2 outs for Wandy Peralta. The lefty came on to end the threat, and he’d toss a scoreless 5th inning, too. Matt Bowman, making his 2019 Major League debut, threw 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a strikeout. He gave way to Amir Garrett. The lefty got out of the 7th inning and returned for the 8th. He left 2 runners on and gave way to David Hernandez who gave up a single that brought in a run, which was charged to Garrett and gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead. That was all the Cubs got, but it put them in front. For about 3 entire minutes. With a 6-5 lead thanks to the Suarez homer, Raisel Iglesias came on for the bottom of the inning to try and close the game out. And he did just that by striking out the first batter of the inning, then getting a fly out by Schwarber and a pop up by Kris Bryant to complete the comeback from a 4-0 deficit.
Notes Worth Noting
Anthony DeSclafani has given up 37 home runs since the start of the 2018 season. He’s thrown 163.2 innings in that span. While he’s been outstanding in limiting the walks and in racking up strikeouts, he’s giving up home runs at a rate that would make Eric Milton blush and it’s killing his ERA.
Eugenio Suarez homered in the 9th inning to put the Reds ahead. It went 445 feet, which is the longest home run of the year for the Reds. It was also his 14th of the season. Last year when he hit 34 homers he only had 8 on May 24th, which also included a home run.
Amir Garrett is a gem. Not just for what he does on the mound, which is really, REALLY good.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 24, 2019
Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, and Yasiel Puig went 8-16 with a walk, a hit by pitch, 2 doubles, and 2 homers. More of that, please. Thanks.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
Saturday May 25th, 2:20pm
Tyler Mahle (1-5, 3.51 ERA) vs Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.06 ERA)