In a game that saw both teams struggle to find much offense it was the Chicago Cubs that came out ahead in a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The loss dropped Cincinnati to 60-98 as they make a run at the franchise record of 101 losses.
|Cincinnati Reds (60-98)
|Chicago Cubs (72-86)
|W: Miley (2-2) L: Law (2-3) SV: Hughes (8)
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Cincinnati would get a hit in each of the first two innings, but both times they couldn’t capitalize on their opportunity. In the 3rd inning Kyle Farmer came through with a 2-out RBI single that scored Spencer Steer from second base after his double. That tied the game up at 1-1. That was the last baserunner that Cincinnati would have until the 9th inning when Jake Fraley came off of the bench to pinch hit and drew a 2-out walk to put the tying run on base. That’s when the managers got into a duel as David Bell called on TJ Friedl to pinch hit before David Ross called on left-handed reliever Brandon Hughes to come out of the bullpen, resulting in Bell then calling on Alejo Lopez to replace Friedl at the plate. Lopez would strike out on three pitches to end the game, securing the 98th loss of the season for the the Reds.
Walks will haunt, or so the story goes. In the second inning that’s exactly what happened. After a 2-out walk to David Bote, Nick Lodolo gave up a triple to Nelson Velasquez that gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. He would walk the next two batters to load the bases, but he got out of that jam with a fly out to right field. The rookie left-hander gave up just one hit the rest of his outing as he threw 5.0 innings on the day and left the game with it tied up at 1-1.
Derek Law came out of the bullpen to relieve Lodolo and tossed a perfect 6th inning to keep the game tied. Things didn’t go as smoothly the next inning as Seiya Suzuki hit a 2-out go-ahead solo home run. That would be the final pitch for Law as Buck Farmer came on to relieve him with two outs. Farmer finished the game out, tossing 1.1 perfect innings, keeping the score at 2-1 after the 8th inning and giving the Cincinnati offense a shot to score a run or more and keep the game going. It wasn’t in the cards as the Reds couldn’t get the job done.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Lodolo finishes his rookie season with a 4-7 record to go along with a 3.66 ERA, 39 walks, and 131 strikeouts in 103.1 innings spread out over 19 starts.
Reds have scored 17 runs over their last 9 games. In that span, they've scored 1 run 4x, 2 runs 2x, and 3 runs 3x. They are 1-8.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) October 1, 2022
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