The Chicago Cubs were up 6-1 in the third inning and ran Reds starter Graham Ashcraft from the game before he could complete the inning. Connor Overton came on and pitched the rest of the way, but the Cincinnati offense never got going after Jake Fraley’s go-ahead home run in the top of the 2nd inning. The loss was the 17th in the Reds last 21 games, leaving them with a 60-97 record with five games to play as they chase down the 1982 Cincinnati Reds record of 101 losses.
|Cincinnati Reds (60-97)
|Chicago Cubs (71-86)
|W: Sampson (4-5) L: Ashcraft (5-5)
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Cincinnati got on the board first when Jake Fraley led off the top of the 2nd inning with a home run. The next time the Reds made any sort of threat on offense was in the 7th inning when it was 6-1. Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano led off the inning with singles, but back-to-back ground outs – with the final one being a double play – stranded two men on the bases. They wouldn’t get another runner on the bases until Fraley, once again, got his job done with a 2-out single int he 9th inning. He would be stranded there as the game ended on a strikeout.
After a perfect first frame, things fell apart quickly for Graham Ashcraft. The Cubs would score three runs against him int he 2nd inning to take a 3-1 lead. In the next inning they score three more runs against him before he was replaced with two outs in the inning by Connor Overton. It was 6-1 at that point and a runner was still on, and Overton walked the first batter he faced to put two men on, but a fly out to center would mercifully end the inning. Overton would finish the game, giving up just two hits in 5.1 innings of shutout relief where he walked a batter and had three strikeouts. He did his job about as well as one could ask, but the early deficit and the lack of much offense doomed the Reds to a 6-1 loss.
Notes Worth Noting
With five games remaining and 97 losses in the books, the Reds trail just the 1937 and 2015 Reds (98 losses), the 1934 Reds (99 losses), and the 1982 Reds (101 losses). That 1934 team that lost 99 games had a winning percentage of just .344 because they only played 152 games that season.
Connor Overton lowered his ERA on the season to 2.73.
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