Jonathan India drove in five runs, Wade Miley threw seven shutout innings, and Joey Votto picked up his 2000th hit of his career in a Cincinnati Reds blowout win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
|Chicago Cubs (52-69)
|Cincinnati Reds (65-55)
|W: Miley (10-4) L: Steele (2-2)
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The Cincinnati Reds offense just couldn’t come through with a hit with runners on in the first three innings of the game. They had plenty of chances, too. But that stopped in the 4th inning after Jonathan India crushed a 94 MPH fastball from Justin Steele into the upper deck for a 2-run homer to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. It was India’s 8th home run in his last 17 games.
In the next inning the Reds offense came through with a big hit with a runner on once again. Eugenio Suárez drew a 2-out walk in a downpour and Aristides Aquino followed up with an absolute laser that banged off of the upper deck in left field for a 2-run homer to extend the Cincinnati lead to 4-0. Statcast measured it at 442 feet and 114 MPH off of the bat.
Cincinnati wasn’t finished, though. In the 7th inning Nick Castellanos singled to lead off the inning. That brought up Joey Votto, who was one hit away from reaching 2000 for his career. With the crowd chanting and cheering for Votto he battled with Michael Rucker before he singled up the middle on the 9th pitch of the at-bat, picking up his 2000th hit and getting a standing ovation from the Cincinnati crowd.
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 17, 2021
Kyle Farmer followed up with an RBI double off of the wall in left field, missing a 3-run homer by two feet. With the score sitting at 5-0 and two men still on, Eugenio Suárez drew a walk to load the bases and that led to a Cubs pitching change.
The pitching change did nothing as Aristides Aquino walked on five pitches to make it a 6-0 score and the Reds were still sitting there with no outs. Tyler Naquin then drove in another run with a grounder just out of the reach of the shortstop. Tucker Barnhart recorded the first out of the inning with a laser into right field that was caught but goes down as a sacrifice fly to make it 8-0. That brought Jose Barrero to the plate as a pinch hitter for Wade Miley. Like Joey Votto earlier in the inning he saw nine pitches, but he walked on the 9th pitch he saw to load the bases. Jonathan India only saw one pitch but he made it count as he doubled and plated all three runs to make it 11-0. Nick Castellanos followed with a walk and once again the Cubs went to the bullpen.
Joey Votto came to the plate picked up hit #2001 and made it 12-0. At that point he was replaced by a pinch runner in Tyler Stephenson and left the game to a standing ovation from the home crowd. That was all the Reds would get in the inning, capping off an 8-run frame to bury the lovable losers as they are once again known as.
After watching the Cubs score five runs in the top of the 8th the Reds went back to work. Aristides Aquino singled to lead off the inning and Tucker Barnhart blasted a 1-out, 2-run homer to make it 14-5.
Wade Miley was doing Wade Miley things for the first six innings of the game. He was getting ground balls, throwing strikes, and keeping the Cubs off of the board. But the 7th inning didn’t start out well as he allowed a single to David Bote and then hit Robinson Chirinos to put two men on with no outs. Miley won the matchup of lefties against Jason Heyward with a strikeout. He followed up with a strikeout of Johneshwy Fargas. Sergio Alcantara saw three cutters in a row and grounded the final one to shortstop for a force out to end the inning and strand both runners. Seven innings of shutout baseball with seven strikeouts is just what the team needed and Miley provided it.
Heath Hembree took over for Wade Miley in the 8th inning looking to hold onto a 12-0 lead. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases for the Cubs. Hembree buckled down and struck out Patrick Wisdom after running the count full. He followed up by striking out David Bote, too. The shutout was not destined to happen on this night, though, as Robinson Chirinos singled into left and two runners crossed the plate to make it a 12-2 game. Jason Heyward followed with an RBI double to make it 12-3 and bring on a pitching change as Jeff Hoffman took over for Hembree who saw his ERA jump to 6.38 after the outing because Hoffman allowed both runners left on the bases to score by serving up a double to Ian Happ. A ground out would finally end the inning with the Cubs scoring five runs and cutting the Reds lead to a touchdown.
Jeff Hoffman returned for the 9th inning and had a 14-5 lead to protect. He was able to do just that, getting a fly out to center, a ground out to third, and a fly out to right as Cincinnati picked up their 65th win of the year and moved to 10 games over .500 on the season.
Notes worth noting
The Cincinnati Reds have scored at least 10 runs in seven different starts for Wade Miley this season. That ties the all-time Reds record that is also held by Jack Harper from 1904. This stat provided by the fat-fingered Joel Luckhaupt.
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