The Chicago Cubs had more home runs, six, than the Cincinnati Reds had hits. With that information at hand, the final score reflects exactly what you would imagine, as the Cubs won 10-1 and series split with Cincinnati.
|Chicago Cubs (20-14)
|Cincinnati Reds (15-19)
|W: Quintana (1-0) L: Castillo (0-5)
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The Reds offense was quiet for the first five innings of the day, picking up just three hits and no runs. But Joey Votto got things moving in the bottom of the 6th inning with a lead off home run.
In the 7th inning Cincinnati got things going, down 6-1. Three walks loaded the bases for Nick Castellanos. The Reds right fielder, however, lined out to end the inning. The ball had a .720 expected batting average according to Statcast. But, as we’ve seen this year – things rarely go the Reds way when it comes to hitting. That was the last chance that Cincinnati had to get back in the game as the Cubs continued to play add on from there, while the Reds offense never got going.
The first three innings went well enough for Luis Castillo, but home runs got to him in both the 4th and 5th innings – giving up three of them, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Castillo was fine outside of that, but those home runs loomed large. He went five innings and racked up seven strikeouts along with a walk in allowing four earned – all on the three homers – before being replaced by Robert Stephenson to begin the 6th inning. Stephenson, like Castillo, ran into a home run bat (trademark pending) in the inning as Jason Heyward cracked his second long ball of the game to make it 5-0. The Reds got that run back in the bottom of the inning, but Stephenson gave up his second homer of the game to lead off the 7th – this one to Ian Happ – and the Cubs padded their lead to 6-1.
Joel Kuhnel took over in the 8th inning and tossed a perfect inning as he struck out two batters. José De León came out for the 9th inning and walked David Bote to lead off the inning before striking out both Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ. He was asked to intentionally walk Anthony Rizzo to face Javier Báez. That move didn’t pay off as he walked to load the bases and then Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam that hasn’t landed yet. That made it 10-1, which was the final.
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