It was beautiful in Iowa on Thursday night for the Field of Dreams game. But unfortunately for the Reds they couldn’t get much offense going against the Cubs as Cincinnati lost 4-2 to Chicago as terrifying hologram Harry Caray looked on.
|Chicago Cubs (46-65)||4||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (44-67)
|W: Smyly (5-6) L: Lodolo (3-4) SV: Wick (7)
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After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the 1st inning, the Reds offense tried to get something going in the bottom half. Jonathan India was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Kyle Farmer singled with one out to put two men on base. Back-to-back fly outs would end the inning without Cincinnati getting a run across. The next inning saw Albert Almora Jr. walk and Aristides Aquino single to put two men on again, but the next three batters struck out and both guys were stranded. The team would strand two more runners in the 3rd inning.
When the 4th inning began Matt Reynolds took over at second base for Jonathan India. It was later announced that he left the game with a contusion on his left leg.
The offense didn’t do much until the bottom of the 7th. Jose Barrero led off the inning with a double and Jake Fraley followed with a walk. That brought Matt Reynolds to the plate and he doubled into the right-center gap to drive in two and cut the Cubs lead in half, making it a 4-2 ballgame. Chicago went to their bullpen to try and cut things off there. It worked as Brandon Hughes set the next three batters down in order. He returned for the 8th and the Reds went in order again. Rowan Wick came on for the 9th, but the results were the same as the Reds went down in order and fell to 44-67 on the season.
The 1st inning started out well enough as Nick Lodolo got the first two batters of the game to ground out. But then he hit Patrick Wisdom and things spiraled from there as the Cubs put together three consecutive RBI hits to grab a 3-0 lead. He would rebound in the 2nd inning by striking out the side.
Things got dicey again in the 3rd when he walked Willson Contreras and gave up a single to Patrick Wisdom, but as Contreras rounded second base he rolled his ankle and went to the ground where he was eventually tagged out. He would eventually walk off the field on his own and remain in the game. A walk followed to put two men on, but Lodolo worked his way out of the jam to keep the score 3-0. He wasn’t as lucky in the 4th as he gave up three singles, the last of which drove in a run to make it 4-0. In the 5th he would walk two batters and record two outs before being replaced by Buck Farmer who stranded both runners to hold the deficit at four runs. He’d come back out for the 6th and toss a shutout inning.
Joel Kuhnel threw a perfect 7th inning to keep the score at 4-0. Alexis Diaz had to work around a hit, but he struck out the next three batters to toss a shutout 8th inning. Hunter Strickland came out in the 9th inning and gave up a leadoff single and a 1-out walk, but got out of the inning unscathed and gave the offense one more opportunity to put together a comeback. They couldn’t get it done as they went in order in the bottom of the 9th.
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