|Cincinnati Reds (72-81)
|Chicago Cubs (82-70)
|W: Garrett (5-3) L: Norwood (0-1) SV: Iglesias (33)
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It was the Iglesias and Iglesias show late on Wednesday night in Chicago. Jose gave the Reds a lead in the 10th inning and Raisel came in for the bottom of the inning to close the game out and seal the win.
There wasn’t a lot of offense in this game as neither team scored in the first three innings. But in the top of the 4th inning the Reds got on the board with a 409-foot home run from Eugenio Suarez. His 48th homer of the season was a solo shot that put Cincinnati up 1-0. The Reds wouldn’t score again until the 7th inning. Jose Iglesias and Curt Casali both singled to lead off the inning, then Jose Peraza would walk later in the inning to load the bases. Alex Blandino untied the game with a sacrifice fly, making it a 2-1 game for the Reds.
The game went to extras and Cincinnati didn’t get things moving quickly. Well, sort of. Joey Votto flew out to left field on the first pitch he saw. Eugenio Suarez grounded out on a broken bat on the first pitch he saw. Two pitches, by two pitchers, and there were two outs. Aristides Aquino saw six pitches in his at-bat and came through on the final one with a single into left field. Josh VanMeter then drew a walk on four straight pitches. After taking strike one, Jose Iglesias doubled into right field to score Aquino and put the Reds up 3-2. Tucker Barnhart walked to load the bases, but Michael Lorenzen grounded into a force out to end the inning.
Jose Iglesias had three hits on the day. Eugenio Suarez added two hits. Curt Casali and Jose Peraza both reached base twice in the game.
Tyler Mahle was getting it done for the Reds on the night. He allowed one run on one hit across his 6.0 innings pitched. That run came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Kyle Schwarber plated a run with a sacrifice fly. Of course, that lone run probably shouldn’t have happened. While the hit was clean, Alex Blandino clearly missed the tag at second base despite the ball beating the runner to the bag by 10 feet. Mahle would walk two batters and pick up three strikeouts along the way.
Robert Stephenson took over in the 7th inning and gave up the game-tying home run that was challenged, but upheld. Stephenson returned to the mound for the 8th inning and worked around a 2-out double to keep the game tied up and send it to the 9th inning at 2-2.
Sal Romano came out to begin the 9th inning and got the only two hitters he faced out. With Kyle Schwarber coming up the Reds turned to lefty Amir Garrett to hopefully send the game into extras. And that’s exactly what he did, striking out Schwarber and showing some emotion when he did it. Schwarber wasn’t thrilled about it and told him to get back to the dugout – to which Garrett then sprinted to the dugout and upon reaching the top step put his hands up in the air.
After taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th the Reds turned the game over to Raisel Iglesias. He struck out Willson Contreras to begin the inning, but then saw Victor Caratini double with 1-out to put the tying run on second base. Iglesias came back to strike out Jason Heyward and then rookie Nico Hoerner lined out to Aristides Aquino to end the game.
Notes Worth Noting
Raisel Iglesias picked up his 33rd save of the year. That is a new career high for the Reds closer.
Jose Peraza walked twice. He only came to the plate twice. It’s his first time walking twice in a game since May 27th.
The pitching staff recorded12 ground outs and only had 4 fly outs.
The Reds win the season series 11-8 over the Cubs.
Cincinnati is off on Thursday. They’ll begin their final home stand on Friday against the Mets.
Eugenio Suarez did some more record setting, but we’ll have more of that early in the morning so be sure to tune your
radio dial computer to the pages of Redleg Nation.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
Friday September 20th, 7:10pm ET
Jacob deGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA)