For the second night in a row we saw backup catcher Luke Maile pitch for the Cincinnati Reds. That’s how you know things did not go the Reds way on Wednesday night. The Cubs clobbered the pitching staff for a second night in a row and took advantage of four errors in a 1-inning span as Chicago picked up a 16-6 victory.
|Cincinnati Reds (59-51)||6||9||4|
|Chicago Cubs (55-53)
|W: Fulmer (2-5) L: Farmer (3-5)|
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After getting pushed around last night, the Reds offense came out swinging on Wednesday evening. Kevin Newman led off the game with a single and then scored on a 2-run homer from Spencer Steer – his 16th of the year. The next inning saw Joey Votto lead off with a 421-foot homer to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the third inning the Cubs started to hit the ball against Brandon Williamson. Jeimer Candelario doubled to lead off the inning. Two outs later it was Christopher Morel hit the ball 414 feet into the seats for his 17th homer of the season and cut into the Reds lead and made it 3-2.
Joey Votto got those two runs back in the 4th inning when he hit his second home run of the game after Christian Encarnacion-Strand doubled in the at-bat right before the homer. That made it 5-2. Chicago, who has been crushing the ball for the last month or so, kept on crushing the ball as Dansby Swanson homered to lead off the bottom of the inning to cut back into the Reds lead.
Brandon Williamson walked Jeimer Candelario to lead off the 5th inning. He then gave up a 1-out single to Nico Hoerner to put two men on. That was enough for David Bell, who made a walk to the mound and called on Buck Farmer to enter the game after just 4.1 innings. The move didn’t pay off as Christopher Morel doubled off the wall in center on a play that seemed to get Stuart Fairchild turned around and come up just short on the play. A run scored on the play to make it 5-4. A ground out followed, but it got the job done and tied the game up as Nico Hoerner scored from third. A strikeout would end the inning.
Buck Farmer returned to the mound in the 6th inning and walked Ian Happ to lead off the inning. Yan Gomes then doubled and gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead. That was it for Farmer as Cincinnati called on Lucas Sims to enter the game. The first pitch Sims threw was hit into center for an RBI single that made it 7-5 for Chicago. Jeimer Candelario followed with a single and then Mike Tauchman came off of the bench and doubled in a run to make it 8-5. Sims would strike out the next two batters before being replaced by Alex Young. The lefty did his job, getting a weak grounder to third base, but Nick Senzel threw the ball away and a play that should have ended the inning led to two more runs crossing the plate and extending the Cubs lead to 10-5.
In the top of the 7th inning TJ Friedl came off of the bench to pinch hit for Stuart Fairchild and clubbed a 1-out solo home run to cut into the Chicago lead. The Cubs almost immediately got that run back as noted Reds killer Ian Happ hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning. They weren’t finished yet. Jeimer Candelario singled and then scored on a Mike Tauchman double that was misplayed by Jake Fraley. Then for the second straight inning a grounder to Nick Senzel that should have ended the inning was thrown away and led to a run scoring on the play. On the next play Senzel got another chance and this time he couldn’t come up with it and his fielding error led to another run scoring on the play and it was 14-6 just like that. An infield single and then a throwing error on Joey Votto put runners on the corners. That was it for Alex Young, who was replaced by Derek Law after watching the Reds commit four errors behind him in one inning or relief.
The Reds turned to catcher Luke Maile to pitch in the 8th inning and the second pitch he threw landed in the seats as Ian Happ hit his second homer of the game and made it 15-6. After getting a fly out from Yan Gomes, Seiya Suzuki hit a ball out of the park for his 9th home run of the season to make it 16-6.
In the top of the 9th inning the Reds got a 2-out single from TJ Friedl and Will Benson followed up with a walk, but Jake Fraley grounded out to end the game. With Milwaukee’s loss earlier in the day, Cincinnati remains in first place.
Key Moment of the Game
The bottom of the 6th inning when the Cubs scored five runs to take an 10-5 lead.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto’s home runs gave him 353 in his career and moves him past Ryan Braun and Ellis Burks into a tie with Torii Hunter for 94th all time.
Less than an hour prior to the start of the game the Reds placed Ben Lively on the injured list with a strained pectoral muscle. That’s the same injury that cost him a little more than two weeks earlier this season. Daniel Duarte was recalled to take his place.
Tejay Antone threw a perfect inning of relief tonight in Louisville and had a strikeout.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs
Thursday August 3rd, 8:05pm ET
Luke Weaver (2-3, 6.80 ERA) vs Jameson Taillon (5-6, 5.46 ERA)