|Chicago Cubs (45-38)
|Cincinnati Reds (37-43)
|W: Quintana (5-7) L: Castillo (7-3)
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Well, the Reds did provide some excitement….. when Yasiel Puig yelled at Pedro Stroop after being hit by a pitch in the 8th inning. But a strong start by Luis Castillo was for naught.
Joey Votto continued to swing a hot bat. He and Eugenio Suarez both went 2-4 in the game, and Suarez had a double among his two hits. Jose Igleisas, Phillip Ervin, and Luis Castillo added a single to the ledger, but the Reds couldn’t push a run across on the day. Ho-hum. They just didn’t have it today.
Luis Castillo allowed a solo home run in the second inning to Jason Heyward. That was all he gave up in 7.0 innings – allowing 3 hits and walking 3 batters with 6 strikeouts. He was in control of most of the game. But then the bullpen came on, and that’s when things went south. And quickly.
David Hernandez came on to begin the 8th and allowed a leadoff single and a 1-out double to Kris Bryant. Zach Duke came on to face the left-handed Anthony Rizzo and proceeded to walk him on 4 pitches to load the bases. That’s when Jared Hughes came on to face Javier Baez, who gave up a grand slam that made it 5-0. Robert Stephenson came out for the 9th inning and was charged with an unearned run that made it 6-0.
Notes Worth Noting
Derek Dietrich was hit by yet another pitch today. That’s 16 on the season, which leads the league.
Luis Castillo’s ERA dropped to 2.47 on the season with this outing.
David Bell was ejected in the bottom of the 9th after a third Reds batter of the game was hit by a Cubs pitcher and no one was tossed. It was the 6th time this year he has been throw out of a game.
While Jason Linden always tells us that end points are arbitrary, and he even wrote about that exact thing this week, Joey Votto is hitting .371/.442/.562 since May 24th, a span of 120 plate appearances.
The Reds can still win the series by taking the game tomorrow against Jon Lester.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Sunday June 30th, 1:10pm
Jon Lester (7-5, 3.83 ERA) vs Anthony DeSclafani (4-4, 4.70 ERA)