|Cincinnati Reds (24-28)||10||17||1|
|Chicago Cubs (30-21)
|W: Roark (4-3) L: Quintana (4-4)
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The Reds got started early, scoring twice in the 1st inning. And then they just kept playing add-on as they took the game, and the series from the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley. Fly that L, Chicago. Fly. That. L.
Nick Senzel was the spark plug in the game today for the Reds. He went 3-5 with a walk, a double, and he scored 4 runs. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Yasiel Puig, Jose Iglesias, and Curt Casali all had 2 hits on the day – with Casali adding a walk to his 2 hits and he had a 2-run homer off of backup catcher Victor Caratini in the 9th inning. For Eugenio Suarez he drove in 3 runs, in part, thanks to 2 sac flies.
The team had 17 hits on the day and walked 3 more times – putting them on base 20 times. The offense is coming around, and it’s looking good of late.
Another day with Tanner Roark on the mound, and another good start for Tanner Roark. He came out and shut out the Chicago Cubs for 5.0 innings. That in itself is good to see. The fact that he walked just 1 batter and struck out 9 made it even better. The 32-year-old righty now has 59 strikeouts on the season in 56.1 innings. Raise you hand if you saw that coming. Why is no one’s hand raised? I guess you’re all honest people. That’s appreciated. For his efforts, Roark watched his ERA on the season drop to 3.20 through 11 starts. With many underrated pick ups this offseason (Jose Iglesias, Derek Dietrich, Kyle Farmer, DEREK JOHNSON), Roark gets overlooked some, but he probably shouldn’t.
The bullpen took over in the 6th inning with a 7-0 lead. Michael Lorenzen allowed a solo home run to Willson Contreras, but that was all that the Cubs got off of the righty. Jared Hughes came on for the 7th and kept Chicago off of the board…. in that inning. He returned for the 8th and gave up an oppo-taco to Javier Baez that made it 8-2. Robert Stephenson came out for the 9th and worked around an error with 2 strikeouts to seal the win on Sunday, as well as seal the series victory.
Notes Worth Noting
The Cincinnati Reds have reportedly acquired Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So we're watching the Reds vs Cubs game with the subtitles on and whatever program fox sports uses to produce their subtitles doesn't recognize "Eugenio Suarez" when spoken on the broadcast and instead displays it as "Arnold Schwarzenegger"
— ? (@BravesGasm) May 26, 2019
Nick Senzel picked up his first outfield assist, gunning out Anthony Rizzo at home.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 26, 2019
Since starting 1-8, the Cincinnati Reds have gone 23-20.
The pitching staff has allowed 191 runs this season. Only two other teams have allowed fewer than 200 runs in baseball this year. Tampa Bay with an incredible 159 runs allowed, and Houston with 190 runs allowed.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds
Monday May 27th, 1:10pm and 7:10pm
Reds Starters: Luis Castillo (5-1, 2.38 ERA) and Sonny Gray (1-4, 3.78 ERA)
Pirates Starters: Nick Kingham (1-1, 8.76 ERA) and Mitch Keller (MLB Debut)