The Cincinnati Reds avoided losing their 100th game of the season on Tuesday night as they came from behind to beat the Chicago Cubs. With the game tied up in the bottom of the 9th inning the first strike thrown by a Cubs pitcher went for a walk-off double from Spencer Steer that scored Stuart Fairchild from first base.
|Chicago Cubs (73-88)||2||3||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (62-99)||3||6||2|
|W: Diaz (7-3) L: Hughes (2-3)
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Cincinnati put together back-to-back singles with one out in the 1st inning to threaten early, but a double play would end the inning. They wouldn’t have another runner reach second base until the 6th inning when Chuckie Robinson singled and moved to second when Jake Fraley walked. Kyle Farmer then walked to load the bases and gave the Reds an opportunity to not only tie the game up but to take the lead. The Reds couldn’t come through, though, as a strikeout and a pop up ended the inning with the home team trailing 1-0.
The Cubs extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the 7th inning. Cincinnati didn’t look like they were going to answer as the first two batters of the inning struck out, but then Jose Barrero worked a 2-out walk to extend the inning and Chuckie Robinson took the first pitch he saw and tied the game up with a 2-run homer into the right field seats.
The Reds went quietly in the 8th inning, and the Alexis Diaz kept the Cubs off of the board in the top of the 9th to keep the game tied up. Stuart Fairchild led off the bottom of the inning with a 4-pitch walk. The next pitch was to Spencer Steer and he crushed a double to the wall in dead center and Fairchild sped around the bases and scored rather easily with the relay throw never even getting to the infield dirt.
Luis Cessa was dominant for the Cincinnati Reds on the night outside of one pitch and that pitch went for the lone hit he gave up on the day. Willson Contreras hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 4th inning to put the Cubs up 1-0. Cessa would strike out four batters in 5.0 innings, but he didn’t return for the 6th inning despite having thrown just 61 pitches because he suffered a knee injury in the 5th.
Ian Gibaut took over for the Reds in the 6th and he tossed a hitless inning while striking out two batters. Fernando Cruz entered in the 7th and gave up a leadoff home run that extended the Cubs lead to 2-0. Buck Farmer was called upon for the 8th with the game now tied up, but a 2-out single led to Alexis Diaz entering for the final out to try and keep the game tied up and he did just that.
Alexis Diaz returned for the 9th inning and after a strikeout led things off he would hit Franmil Reyes with a pitch. The Cubs sent pinch-runner Zach McKinstry out to replace him and he would steal both second and third base, but he would be stranded there as a pop up would end the inning and give the Reds a chance to walk things off in the bottom of the inning. They did just that, avoiding loss #100 once again.
Notes Worth Noting
Jonathan India left the game early after fouling a ball off of his foot. As of now there has been no update provided.
Joey Votto was in the Bally Sports Ohio booth for the game, and in the 6th inning he said that if the Reds homered in the inning that he would buy a truck for the Toyota truck giveaway person even if it didn’t hit the sign. Chuckie Robinson just missed it, hitting the ball just foul down the right field line. Two innings later, with no truck on the line, Robinson homered. Poor dude who didn’t get a truck.
Wednesday’s game will be the final one of the season. Every game tomorrow with the exception of the first game of a doubleheader between Baltimore and Toronto will begin between 4:00 and 4:10pm ET, just in case you were looking for a whole lot of baseball to watch all at once.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday October 4th, 4:10pm ET
Adrian Sampson (4-5, 3.10 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (5-5, 4.52 ERA)