The Cincinnati Reds offense never got going on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs in a 2-1 game where Cincinnati managed just five hits on the night against Kyle Hendricks and three relievers.
|Chicago Cubs (53-69)
|Cincinnati Reds (65-56)
|W: Hendricks (14-5) L: Gutierrez (8-4) SV: Heuer (1)
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The Cincinnati Reds didn’t have a hit until the 5th inning when Tyler Naquin singled into center. They wouldn’t get on the scoreboard until the 6th inning when Nick Castellanos connected with an 89 MPH fastball from Kyle Hendricks and put it into the seats in right field for a solo homer to cut the Cubs lead in half, 2-1.
Cincinnati got the offense going again in the 7th. Kyle Farmer and Tyler Naquin led off the inning with singles before Shogo Akiyama struck out. Tucker Barnhart came to the plate but was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the top of the lineup. Rookie of the Year front runner Johnathan India struck out, setting up a situation for the Cubs to bring on lefty reliever Adam Morgan to face Joey Votto with two on and two out. It was Morgan that came out the winner as Votto grounded out up the middle to end the inning.
Trailing 2-1 the Reds began the 8th inning with the 3-4-5 of the order due up. Nick Castellanos got into one, but it went for a line out to the center fielder. Tyler Stephenson struck out and Mike Moustakas popped out for a very quick inning that sent the game into the 9th with the Cubs still up by a run.
After Tony Santillan shut the Cubs down in the top of the 9th the Reds still needed at least a run to tie things up. Kyle Farmer struck out to start the inning. Tyler Naquin grounded out to shortstop. That left things up to Shogo Akiyama to keep the game alive. He didn’t, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort as he hit the ball hard, but just like Castellanos in the previous inning he lined out to center.
Vladimir Gutierrez worked around a single in the 1st inning and two singles in the 2nd inning. But the Cubs came through with the big hit they had been looking for in the 3rd when Frank Schwindel followed a walk with an RBI double to put Chicago up 1-0. The Cubs padded their lead in the 6th when Ian Happ led off with a solo homer to right. A 1-out double in the 7th by Matt Duffy ended the night for Gutierrez as Cincinnati turned things over to Justin Wilson. He got out of the inning with a fly out and a hard ground out on a nice play by Mike Moustakas at third base. Gutierrez finished with seven strikeouts and just one walk in 6.1 innings – lowering his ERA to 3.87 on the season.
Luis Cessa came out to begin the 8th inning. He gave up back-to-back singles, though Patrick Wisdom’s should have been caught by fell just out of the reach of a diving Kyle Farmer on a ball that should have been called by Shogo Akiyama coming in on the play but instead he pulled up. Cessa locked the inning down, though, getting a strikeout and a double play to strand both runners and send the game to the bottom of the 8th with the Reds trailing 2-1.
Tony Santillan, just called up prior to the game, entered the game in the 9th inning to try and hold the game at 2-1. In what has to be one of the weirdest sequences you’ll ever see, Santillan struck Austin Romine out on three pitches and immediately followed by walking his brother Andrew Romine on four pitches. Matt Duffy then flew out on the first pitch he saw. Santillan would then catch Andrew Romine trying to steal second base, stepping off of the mound and tossing to Jonathan India who made the tag to send the game to the bottom of the 9th.
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