Cincinnati’s offense failed to get going once again, but the Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st inning and it may not have mattered all that much as the Reds were swept in Chicago to end their final road trip of the season. Cincinnati has now lost 19 of their last 23 games, leaving them at 60-99 on the year with three games at home against the Cubs remaining on the year.
|Cincinnati Reds (60-99)
|Chicago Cubs (73-86)
|W: Stroman (6-7) L: Anderson (2-4)
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Cincinnati got a walk from Jonathan India and a 2-out single from Jake Fraley to put runners on the corners in the top of the 1st, but Donovan Solano struck out on three pitches in an inning that defined the rest of the game. When the Reds came to the plate in the 2nd they were trailing 5-0. They would once again get two runners on after Alejo Lopez singled and moved to third on Chuckie Robinson’s 2-out double, but the Reds would strand them both.
There wasn’t much threatening for the offense again until the 7th inning. Michael Siani led off with a single, moved up to second on a ground out, and then scored on a bloop single from Jonathan India to cut into the Cubs lead and make it 6-1. That would be the only run that Cincinnati would score on the day.
Things probably could have gone worse for Chase Anderson on Sunday, but not much worse. He failed to get out of the 1st inning, recording just one out trailing 3-0 and leaving the bases loaded. Fernando Cruz came on and would give up a 2-out 2-run double that made it 5-0 before he’d get the final out of the inning.
Joel Kuhnel took over the fame in the 3rd inning and after a shutout frame he would give up a run in the 4th before giving way to Reiver Sanmartin. He tossed two shutout innings to keep the score at 6-0. Ian Gibaut entered the game in the 7th and gave up two runs on three hits as the Cubs extended their lead to 8-1. Hunter Strickland had to work around a walk and a single in the bottom of the 8th, but he was able to do so and send the game to the 9th where the Reds needed a touchdown on a Sunday to get back in the game. They didn’t get it, going quietly in the 9th.
Notes Worth Noting
Cubs with a 5-run first inning today. Reds with 5 runs in their last 36 innings combined.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) October 2, 2022
This tweet came in the 1st inning. The Reds then proceeded to score one run during the game to make things even worse.
The most losses in a season by a Cincinnati Reds team is 101, set by the 1982 Reds. This year’s team could top that by losing the final three games of the season.
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