The Cincinnati Reds offense got a solo home run from Tyler Naquin in the second inning as they lost to the Chicago Cubs for the second consecutive day while scoring just one run.
|Chicago Cubs (54-69)
|Cincinnati Reds (65-57)
|W: Rodriguez (1-2) L: Mahle (10-4)
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Facing a 5-0 deficit before taking the plate in the 2nd inning, Tyler Naquin got the Reds on the board with his 15th homer of the season – a solo shot to the bullpen in center. In the 3rd inning Joey Votto hit a ground-rule double with one out. Nick Castellanos just missed a double of his own on a foul ball before he hit a soft line drive at second base where David Bote was easily able to step on the bag to double off Votto and end the inning.
In the 4th inning the Reds got a pair of 2-out baserunners after a Tyler Naquin single and Jose Barrero was hit by a pitch. They couldn’t cash in on either of those and the Cubs held onto a 5-1 lead. A pitching change in the 5th brought Manuel Rodriguez to the mound and he made quick work of the Reds, throwing just nine pitches while picking up two strikeouts. It was more of the same after that as the offense just couldn’t get going.
After the Cubs padded their lead with a run, the Reds entered the 9th inning needing a touchdown to tie the game up and the extra point to win it. After two strikeouts to begin the inning Jose Barrero doubled – his first big league extra-base hit – to cap off a day where he had two hits and was also hit by a pitch. But Joe Burrow didn’t come down the road and throw the touchdown pass that the Reds needed to keep the game going as Tucker Barnhart struck out to end the game.
Ian Happ continues to kill the Cincinnati Reds and in the 1st inning he crushed a 427-foot home run to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. In the next inning it was Michael Hermosillo who got in on the home run derby as he crushed a 2-run homer to make it 3-0. That wasn’t all the Cubs would get that inning as Mahle also gave up an RBI single to Rafael Ortega and an RBI double to Frank Schwindel and it was 5-0 before the Reds came to the plate in the 2nd.
Tyler Mahle locked in from there for the most part and fired off three scoreless innings in a row. Jeff Hoffman took over in the 6th and promptly gave up a solo home run that put Chicago up 6-1. It was the only run he would allow in 2.0 innings. Sean Doolittle threw a perfect inning with two strikeouts in the 8th. Justin Wilson took over in the 9th inning. It didn’t start out great as he walked the first two batters of the inning, but got help on a fantastic double play started by a glove flip from Jose Barrero to Jonathan India. Matt Duffy followed with an RBI bunt single to make it a 7-1 game as the old saying that walks will haunt once again proved to be right.
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