In a game flush with drama, the Cincinnati Reds (43-49) fell victim to the walk-off against the Chicago Cubs (51-44) with a score of 4-3 in extra innings at Wrigley Field, Tuesday night.
Kyle Schwarber floated the game-winner just into the basket in left-center field off of Raisel Iglesias (2-8, 3.92 ERA) in the bottom of the tenth.
The Reds began the game well. Eugenio Suarez smashed yet another first-inning dinger to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Cubs starter Alec Mills (ND, 4.50 ERA) then proceeded to hit Yasiel Puig and Derek Dietrich, consecutively, and allow a RBI-single to Nick Senzel, as the Reds doubled their lead. The scoring would not stop there, however, as Jose Peraza uncorked a double to score Dietrich and extend the lead to three. Inches away from making it one more, Senzel was thrown out at home plate to end the first inning.
That would prove to be all the offense the Reds would muster.
Chicago began their comeback with a two-run home run by Robel Garcia off Anthony DeSclafani (ND, 4.29). That was the 18th homer allowed by Disco, in 2019. Most he’s allowed in a single season is 24 (2018). Kris Bryant sealed the comeback with a solo shot in the sixth inning.
Mills, his first Major League appearance of 2019, settled down and held the Reds scoreless for the final five innings that he remained in the game. The Reds threatened with two on and none out, in the sixth, but a quick GDP by Peraza and strikeout by DeSclafani wiped away any potential insurance-runs.
Missed opportunities, as they have all year, defined Tuesday night’s loss.
The Reds threatened in the top of the ninth as Scooter Gennett grounded a one-out single into right field and pinch-runner Michael Lorenzen stole second. Kyle Farmer then followed with a strikeout and Jesse Winker walked. After working the count full against Craig Kimbrel, Joey Votto hit an easy fly ball to center to effectively end the Reds chance to score.
Votto has stranded 12 runners in scoring position since the All-Star Break.
Cincinnati has a chance to take the series in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon with Sonny Gray (5-5, 3.42) on the mound against You Darvish (2-4, 4.72). First pitch is slated for 2:20 p.m.