The Cincinnati Reds didn’t have a lead in the game until the top of the 9th, but Alejo Lopez and Jonathan India came through with clutch hits when they needed them the most and put Cincinnati up 4-3. Ian Gibaut took over from there in the bottom of the inning and picked up his first career save as the Reds topped the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to come out victorious on the day and in the 3-game series.
|Cincinnati Reds (55-80)||4||9||0|
|Chicago Cubs (57-80)||3||7||1|
|W: Diaz (6-2) L: Leiter Jr. (2-7) SV: Gibaut (1)
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Cincinnati didn’t threaten much in the first three innings of the game, but in the 4th inning singles from Jonathan India and Jake Fraley put runners on the corners with one out, but Spencer Steer grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Reds didn’t get another hit until the top of the 7th when Kyle Farmer hit his 10th home run of the year to cut the Cubs lead to 2-1. That led to a pitching change and Brandon Hughes giving up a single and a 1-out walk to put the tying run in scoring position. Nick Senzel would strike out looking on a pitch that appeared to be several inches above the strikezone and then Jose Barrero struck out swinging to end the threat.
Cincinnati got things going in the 8th inning with a 1-out walk from TJ Friedl. He moved to third base on a 2-out single by Kyle Farmer. The Cubs went to the bullpen to bring in Rowan Wick and the Reds went to the bench to pinch run Stuart Fairchild for Kyle Farmer. Wick proceeded to walk Jake Fraley to load the bases and then Spencer Steer to bring in the tying run. Aristides Aquino battled, but ultimately grounded out to end the inning.
With Chicago grabbing a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 8th, the Reds had to try and get to work in the top of the 9th. Nick Senzel led off with a walk. Jose Barrero attempted a sacrifice bunt, but it was in the air and was caught on a dive by first baseman Alfonso Rivas. Alejo Lopez picked Barrero up as he tripled into the right-center gap to tie the game up. Jonathan India would drive in the go-ahead run with a 2-out single to give Cincinnati their first lead of the day. That would be all they’d get, but it got the game into the bottom of the 9th.
Luis Cessa had a no-hitter through four innings, but then his defense began to fail him in spectacular fashion. Nico Hoerner hit the ball hard to center on the first pitch of the 5th inning and TJ Friedl had the ball bounce out of his glove on the run and it went down as a triple. Friedl, though, misread the ball off of the bat, coming in at first before racing to the warning track before having the ball come out of the leather. A sacrifice fly followed to put the Cubs up 1-0. The next inning a 2-out fly ball was lost in the sun by Friedl went down as a double for Seiya Suzuki. That would be the final pitch for Luis Cessa, who was replaced by Buck Farmer. He gave up an RBI single to Franmil Reyes as the Cubs extended their lead to 2-0 before Farmer would strike out Ian Happ to end the inning.
The struggles for Friedl in the field continued in the 7th when he lost another ball in the sun that landed between himself and Jonathan India and went down in the scorebook as a double. P.J. Higgins then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Nico Hoerner over to third base. A walk would follow before David Bell went to the bullpen to bring in Alexis Diaz. He would strike out pinch hitter Rafael Ortega before another pinch hitter came off the bench in the form of Nick Madrigal and Diaz struck him out, too, ending the Cubs threat in the 7th.
Diaz returned for the bottom of the 8th inning and picked up a strikeout to begin things, but Seiya Suzuki followed with a go-ahead solo homer to put the Cubs on top 3-2. After Cincinnati took the lead in the top of the 9th, Ian Gibaut came into the game for the bottom of the frame. Nico Hoerner popped out to Jose Barrero, who made a nice catch as he was falling backwards in shallow left field to begin the inning.
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P.J. Higgins singled and was pinch run for. Gibaut then struck out Alfonso Rivas for the second out of the inning. Rafael Ortega was almost hit by the first pitch of the at-bat but the next three pitches were strikes as Gibaut struck him out to pick up his first career save, giving the Reds the win on the day and a series victory.
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