The Cincinnati Reds had 12 hits but couldn’t capitalize on many of their opportunities. The Cubs on the other hand cashed in repeatedly as they beat the Reds 8-3 at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night and evened up the series.
|Cincinnati Reds (26-48)||3||12||0|
|Chicago Cubs (29-46)
|W: Steele (3-5) L: Greene (3-9)|
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Trailing 1-0 in the 4th inning the Cincinnati offense finally got things going. Tommy Pham had a 1-out single and stole second base. Joey Votto would walk and then Kyle Farmer singled to load the bases. But things went south as Donovan Solano lined out to center and Pham was thrown out at the plate trying to tag up and score, ending the inning without any runs.
After Chicago scored two runs in each of the next two innings to jump ahead 5-0, the Reds got on the board when Joey Votto doubled in Brandon Drury and set up runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. David Ross made a pitching change at that point and Scott Effross came on and retired the next three batters and Cincinnati saw another big opportunity go by the wayside. Later on in the 8th it was another Votto double that got things going, and he’d come around to score on a 2-out double by Albert Almora Jr. to make it a 7-2 ballgame. Brandon Drury would tack on a run in the 9th on his 16th homer of the season to make it 8-3, but that was the end of the scoring on the day.
Free base runners will haunt and that’s exactly what happened against Hunter Greene on Wednesday night. In the 1st inning he grazed Willson Contreras with a pitch and he came around to score on the next play when Ian Happ doubled. The Reds challenged the play at the plate, but the call stood and the Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead. In the 4th inning he walked the first two batters of the inning and then gave up a 2-run double to Nico Hoerner as Chicago extended their lead to 3-0. Greene threw 30+ pitches in the inning and he didn’t come back out for the 5th.
Luis Cessa took over from there and he allowed a 2-run homer to Willson Contreras, making it 5-0 in the 5th. The next inning saw Ross Detwiler give up a 2-run homer of his own as the Cubs made it 7-1. Detwiler couldn’t make it out of the inning and Dauri Moreta came on to record the next four outs. Jeff Hoffman, who was activated earlier in the day, took over for the 8th inning and walked the first batter he saw. That runner would come around to score on a sacrifice fly to make it 8-2. That was more than enough for Chicago to hold on for an 8-3 win.
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