Needing a win to split the series the Cincinnati Reds split an atom and exploded for 20 runs as they took the Chicago Cubs to task in a 20-5 win. On a day with 20 runs you’d imagine several players stood out, and they did. Kyle Farmer went 4-4 with two home runs and drove in five, while Nick Senzel reached base six times for the first time in his career.
|Chicago Cubs (18-26)||5||8||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (14-30)||20||20||1|
|W: Greene (2-6) L: Steele (1-5)
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After trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, the Reds put two runs on the board on a Kyle Farmer 2-run homer. The next inning saw them score eight runs as they sent 11 batters to the plate. Matt Reynolds 2-run triple really put the game away, making it a 9-3 ballgame.
Cincinnati wasn’t done, though. After not scoring in the 4th, they would score a run in the 5th on Kyle Farmer’s second home run of the game, two more in both the 6th and 7th innings, and then against shortstop Andrelton Simmons in the 8th inning the Reds would put up five runs as the Cubs essentially conceded the game.
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The only Reds players who didn’t reach base at least twice were Alejo Lopez, who entered the game in the final inning, and Aristides Aquino who went 1-1 before he was pinch hit for in the 3rd inning.
Things didn’t go well for Hunter Greene early on and he was behind 3-0 after his first two innings pitched and had given up three extra-base hits. In the 3rd inning he was again facing a challenging situation, this time with a runner on and in an absolute downpour he couldn’t keep the baseball dry and went through multiple baseballs in a situations reminiscent of Lucas Sims from last year, but he eventually got a ball that worked and got the out he needed to strand the runner. After the offense went off in their half of the inning, Greene had a 10-3 lead to work with. He held it for the 4th inning, but in the 5th he would give up back-to-back homers to Willson Conteras and Ian Happ before retiring the next three hitters to end the inning and his outing.
The Cubs wouldn’t score again as Jeff Hoffman, Joel Kuhnel, and Jared Solomon held them to just one hit the rest of the way.
Key Moment of the Game
Matt Reynolds 2-run triple in the 3rd inning that put Cincinnati ahead 9-3.
Notes Worth Noting
There was a little more drama between the two teams as Rowan Wick and Joey Votto exchanged words after Wick struck him out to end the 7th inning. Willson Contreras was hit by a Joel Kuhnel pitch and had a long stare down and slow walk to first base, ultimately resulting in David Ross coming onto the field and being ejected.
The Reds scored 20 runs for the first time in a game since 1999. They did it twice that season.
Jeff Hoffman lowered his ERA to 1.52 on the season with a perfect inning of relief.
All six pitchers for the Cubs allowed at least one run, and only one of them didn’t allow more runs than innings covered in the game.
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