The 2022 season is over and for the Cincinnati Reds the final game was a microcosm of the entire season. Embarrassing. The Chicago Cubs beat the Reds 15-2 on Wednesday evening to give Cincinnati their 100th loss of the year. That has only happened one other time in franchise history, 1982. With the Pirates winning, the Reds officially finish tied for last place.
|Chicago Cubs (74-88)||15||13||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (62-100)||2||7||0|
|W: Alzolay (2-1) L: Ashcraft (5-6)
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Cincinnati was threatening early on as they loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, but a strikeout by Spencer Steer ended the threat. After the Cubs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning it was Cincinnati’s turn to go to work. Jose Barrero walked and moved up to third on a single from Austin Romine before coming in to score on a passed ball to get the Reds on the board. In the next inning a 2-out triple by Stuart Fairchild led to him crossing the plate on a single by Spencer Steer to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Still down 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Reds got a 1-out single from Kyle Farmer that was followed by a double from Donovan Solano and a 2-out walk from Spencer Steer to load the bases. A visit to the mound seemed to straighten things out for Cubs reliever Adbert Alzolay as he got a pop up to end the threat and hold onto the Chicago lead.
The Cubs then scored 10 runs over the next two innings, leaving the Reds in need of two touchdowns in order to get back in front. The first two batters of the inning reached before Aramis Garcia stepped in as a pinch hitter in his first big league at-bat since early July (he had been on the injured list). He would fly out. Stuart Fairchild walked, loading the bases for the third time on the day, but just like the other times the Reds couldn’t come through as a strikeout and a pop up left all three runners stranded.
Trailing 15-2 as the game entered the bottom of the 9th, the offense needed to score two touchdowns. They went three-and-out, ending the 2022 season with loss number 100.
Graham Ashcraft made quick work of the Cubs in the 1st inning, retiring them in order. He would come out in the 2nd and strike out Ian Happ to begin the frame. Things got away from him after that as he allowed a single and two walks – though there was a caught stealing in there – before giving up a 3-run home run to David Bote.
Graham Ashcraft didn’t run into much trouble over the next four innings, but the 6th inning got away from him much like the 2nd did. He hit the first batter before giving up a single. After a line out an intentional walk was called for that loaded the bases so Ashcraft could fake P.J. Higgins. He walked him on five pitched as the Cubs took a 4-2 lead. That would be the final batter he faced as Derek Law came out of the bullpen with the bases still loaded and just one out. The pitching change made no difference as Law gave up a 2-run double to the first batter he faced as Chicago extended their lead to 6-2. After a strikeout, Law then gave up a 3-run homer to Zach McKinstry to make it 9-2.
Joel Kuhnel took over in the 7th and gave up a leadoff double. Franmil Reyes hit one back up the middle and Spencer Steer was in position to make the play until the ball struck the bag and changed direction, rolling into the outfield for an RBI single that made it 10-2. Another single and then a 2-run double followed to put Chicago up by 10. Chase Anderson then took over and the first pitch he threw was smacked back up the middle for an RBI single and the Cubs continued to just bury the Reds pitchers.
Things didn’t get any better in the 8th when Reiver Sanmartin took over. He walked the first batter of the inning and then gave up a 2-run homer to Franmil Reyes to make it 15-2. Hunter Strickland followed things up with a shutout 9th inning. You’ll be surprised to read that the offense didn’t score 14 runs in the bottom of the inning and that they would lose to the Cubs to wrap up their 100th and final loss of the season.
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