The Chicago Cubs followed up their Field of Dreams game win on Thursday with another win on Saturday night. The Reds scored first but it was nearly all Cubs from there on out in a 7-2 victory that gives them a series win and an opportunity to sweep the 3-game set on Sunday afternoon.
|Chicago Cubs (47-65)||7||9||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (44-68)
|W: Newcomb (1-0) L: Ashcraft (5-3)
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Cincinnati wasted little time getting the offense going on Saturday. Jake Fraley led off with a double and he scored on a 1-out single by Kyle Farmer to put the Reds up 1-0 in the 1st. Not much happened after that until the 5th inning, when trailing 3-1 the offense put together another short rally that led to a run starting with Fraley singling to lead off the inning and scoring on another Farmer single two batters later, cutting into the Cubs lead.
From there Chicago would score four more runs and Cincinnati wouldn’t push another run across the plate as they fell 7-2 and saw the Cubs guarantee a winning series.
Graham Ashcraft kept the Cubs off of the board through the first three innings of the game, but things got away from him in the 4th when Jose Barrero’s throwing error put Seiya Suzuki on and then he’d score when the next batter, Franmil Reyes, homered, to put the Cubs up 2-1. In the 5th inning the first three Cubs got on, with Ian Happ’s single driving in a run to extend Chicago’s lead.
Ashcraft rebounded with a 1-2-3 6th inning and then he returned for the 7th with the Reds trailing 3-2. He would get Zach McKinstry to ground out to start the inning, but a walk to Nick Madrigal on four pitches followed and that was the last batter Ashcraft would face. Ian Gibaut entered the game and promptly allowed a single and a 2-run home run to Ian Happ, who continues to torment Cincinnati, as the Cubs made it 6-2.
After Luis Cessa tossed a shutout 8th inning, Ross Detwiler came out for the 9th and he gave up a solo home run to Willson Contreras that made it a 7-2 ballgame.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Sunday August 14th, 1:40pm
Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.36 ERA) vs Justin Dunn (0-1, 5.79 ERA)