The game started out well for the Cincinnati Reds, but things turned quickly in the 5th inning as the pitching staff continued to struggle throwing strikes and the Chicago Cubs took advantage. Before it was all over the Cubs walked 11 times en route to a 9-3 win that saw the Reds offense go quiet after a 3rd inning home run from Kyle Farmer.
|Cincinnati Reds (53-80)||3||4||0|
|Chicago Cubs (57-78)||9||9||1|
|W: Wesneski (1-0) L: Gibaut (1-1)
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Cincinnati got some help from the Cubs in the 1st inning. Jonathan India walked to start the game and then moved to second when Nick Madrigal threw the ball away trying to start a double play on an Albert Almora Jr. grounder. Kyle Farmer hit a bloop down the right field line to follow and Seiya Suzuki misplayed it as it had some sideways English on it and it bounced right by him, ultimately resulting in a 2-run triple thanks to the “well the fielder never actually touched the ball so it’s not an error” ruling.
Two innings later Kyle Farmer wasn’t leaving anything up to an official scorer as he took the 1st pitch he saw in the 3rd inning from Wade Miley and put it into the seats to make it a 3-1 game. That was the last hit that Cincinnati had until the top of the 9th inning when Spencer Steer line a 1-out double into the left field corner. Aristides Aquino followed up with an infield single to put two men on, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
Chicago allowed two runs in the top of the 1st, but they got one of them back when Ian Happ continued his demolition of Reds pitching with a solo home run. In the 4th inning Justin Dunn ran into some trouble as he walked back-to-back hitters, but he buckled down and got Yan Gomes to ground into a double play to end the threat.
Things didn’t go as well in the bottom of the 5th inning. Dunn walked Alfonso Rivas to start the inning and then with two outs it was Seiya Suzuki hitting a game-tying 2-run home run. That would be the final pitch by Dunn on the day, giving way to Ian Gibaut. He walked Ian Happ after entering the game but got a ground out to end the inning. Nico Hoerner would single to lead off the 6th inning against Gibaut and that hit would end his night as David Bell opted to go to Reiver Sanmartin. He walked the first batter he faced and then saw a sacrifice bunt move both runners up. After a fly out to Aristides Aquino it was another trip to the mound for Bell for a pitching change.
This time it was Fernando Cruz who came on and things got away from him a little bit as he walked the first batter he saw to load the bases. Nick Madrigal then followed up with a 2-run single that put the Cubs up 5-3. Another walk loaded the bases again, prompting a visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Whatever he said worked as Cruz struck out Ian Happ to end the inning.
Art Warren came out to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning and he immediately got himself into a jam by allowing a leadoff single and then hitting the next batter. Warren retired the next two batters, but then walked P.J. Higgins to load the bases. Christopher Morel then singled on the first pitch he saw on a blooper into shallow left to bring in two runs and make it a 7-3 game. He then walked the next batter to load the bases and that led to a visit from the pitching coach. This time the words from Derek Johnson didn’t work as Warren walked in a run to make it 8-3 and then David Bell walked to the mound make a pitching change and call on Hunter Strickland with two outs and the bases loaded and Ian Happ due up. The Reds killer didn’t get it done this time as Strickland struck him out to end the inning. Strickland returned for the 8th and gave up a run that made it 9-3.
Notes Worth Noting
David Bell was thrown out in the top of the 9th inning with two outs and a 1-2 count on Jose Barrero after Barrero took a called strike that appeared to be out of the strikezone.
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