The Chicago Cubs scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning and they never looked back as they put up 11 runs on 15 hits in an 11-4 whooping of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
|Chicago Cubs (18-24)||11||15||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (12-30)||4||8||1|
|W: Stroman (2-4) L: Mahle (2-5) SV: Gsellman (1)
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With Chicago grabbing a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st, Cincinnati got things going in their half of the inning with four singles. The latter two, from Joey Votto and Tyler Stephenson, drove in a run each. That single by Stephenson was the last hit the team got off of Marcus Stroman before he exited after the 5th inning. The pitching change didn’t seem to matter much, first because it was 10-2 when Stroman was replaced in the 6th, but also because Cincinnati didn’t get hits in the 6th or 7th innings, either. Tyler Naquin finally came through with the first hit in 7 innings with a leadoff solo home run in the 8th to make it a 10-3 ballgame. Nick Senzel singled with one out in the bottom of the 9th and took second base on defensive indifference. He would come around to score on a Colin Moran single to make it an 11-4 game. That, however, was all Cincinnati would get on the night as they fell to the Cubs for the second night in a row.
Chicago got to Tyler Mahle early on Tuesday night. Back-to-back singles were followed by a sacrifice fly that put the Cubs up 1-0. Frank Schwindel homered later in the inning to make it a 3-0 game. In the 2nd inning Mahle worked around a single and a walk to keep the score at 3-2. He wasn’t so lucky in the 3rd when he allowed back-to-back singles before a 2-run triple by Alfonso Rivas as Chicago extended their lead to 5-2. After a scoreless 4th inning, Mahle headed back out for the 5th and gave up a leadoff home run to Schwindel before giving up another single and a walk – exiting the game after that as David Bell turned the game over to Luis Cessa.
Things didn’t get better for the Reds. With the shift on, P.J. Higgins laid down a bunt that was fielded by Joey Votto, but no one was covering 1st and that loaded the bases. Andrelton Simmons followed with a 2-run single and the Cubs went up 8-2. A ground out brought in the 9th run for Chicago. Rafael Ortega singled on a 102 MPH liner off of the glove of a diving Joey Votto to put runners on the corners. After a fielders choice plated another run the Cubs went up by a score of 10-2. Mercifully a ground ball ended the inning at that point as Chicago batted around on Tyler Mahle and Luis Cessa.
Joel Kuhnel pitched two shutout innings and picked up three strikeouts along the way. Jared Solomon pitched a perfect 8th inning. Then things got fun as infielder Matt Reynolds took the mound for the 9th inning. Of course the word fun may depend on your perspective. Reynolds got Alfonso Rivas to line up to start the inning, but then hit a batter, allowed a single, hit another batter, and then gave up a run on a sacrifice fly. That was all he’d give up, retiring Seiya Suzuki on a pop up to end the inning.
Key Moment of the Game
Tough to pinpoint an exact moment, but basically the entire 5th inning that took the game from 5-2 and within distance to 10-2 and the game being over for all intents and purposes.
Notes Worth Noting
Jake Fraley and Jose Barrero hit back-to-back home runs while on rehab in Louisville.
Robert Gsellman picked up a rare 3-inning save in the game.
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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday May 25th, 6:40pm ET
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