|Chicago Cubs (45-39)
|Cincinnati Reds (38-43)
|W: DeSclafani (5-4) L: Lester (7-6) S: Iglesias (14)
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It was fun at times, stressful at times, infuriating at times, but the Reds held on for an 8-6 win over the Cubs and it gave them the series win.
The Reds didn’t waste any time on Sunday getting things started. After being shut out on Saturday, Nick Senzel led off with a walk, and Kyle Schwarber helped out by dropping a line drive off the bat of Joey Votto to put the first two runners on. After a third straight pro-longed at-bat, Eugenio Suarez unloaded on a 457-foot 3-run homer to put the Reds on the board and ahead. The offense went quiet after that until the 6th when Phillip Ervin singled in Yasiel Puig on a blooper into right field, making it 4-0.
The next time the Reds got on the board it was the same duo doing the damage. In the bottom of the 8th, clinging to a 4-3 lead, another RBI single to right field by Ervin brought in Puig. The inning wasn’t over, though. Kyle Farmer came on to pinch hit for Derek Dietrich after the Cubs brought in a lefty reliever, and Farmer came through with an RBI single to bring Ervin around from second to extend the lead to 6-3. Nick Senzel then came through with 2 more on another RBI single that made it 8-3.
Anthony DeSclafani may have had his best start in quite a long time as he fired six shutout innings against Chicago on Sunday. He allowed 5 hits and walked one batter. He also struck out seven, including the final batter he faced in the game, David Bote, on a 97 MPH fastball that stranded two runners on the bases to end the 6th.
The Reds turned to Michael Lorenzen to start the 7th inning, and things didn’t go well as the Cubs got right back into the game after an RBI single by Albert Almora was followed by a 2-run homer by Kyle Schwarber to cut into the Reds lead, making it 4-3. David Bell turned to Amir Garrett to finish out the inning and he did just that. The lefty came out to start the 8th, but walked the leadoff batter and was replaced by Raisel Iglesias. He worked around a walk of his own to maintain a 4-3 lead. With a 4-run bottom of the inning, he returned for the 9th with a big lead to work with. That’s a good thing because he allowed a 3-run homer to Jason Heyward before recording the final out of the game to seal an 8-6 win.
Notes Worth Noting
Eugenio Suarez’ 457-foot home run is the longest of the year for any Cincinnati Reds player at the Major League level.
Joey Votto is slumping. He’s now 0-4 in his last 1 game.
Nick Senzel went 2-4 with a walk, run scored, 2 runs batted in – and it should have been more. He was robbed of a 2-run homer by Jason Heyward, who had a heck of a series.
Jason Heyward is the best outfielder in the game ? pic.twitter.com/iF3NjN0kQC
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) June 30, 2019
The Reds are 5.5 games back of the Cubs.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
Monday July 1st, 7:10pm
Adrian Houser (2-2, 2.94 ERA) vs Tyler Mahle (2-8, 4.35 ERA)