Friday night's game against the Reds, was depressingly similar to the loss on Thursday night. The Cubs jumped ahead, only to see a Cincinnati rally against a tiring starter. Then saw the suddenly competent Reds pen slam the door shut in the late innings.
Jose Quintana was in trouble almost immediately Friday night. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez singled with two outs in the 1st to put men on the corners. He escaped that jam, but wasn't so lucky in the 2nd inning. Catcher Curt Casali doubled and pitcher Luis Castillo singled to put men on first and third again. Billy Hamilton, who else, singled home the first run of the game. Q eventually struck out Votto with the bases loaded to escape the jam.
The Cubs could get nothing going off of Castillo the first three innings, while Quintana had quick 3rd and 4th innings. Ben Zobrist got the first Chicago hit on a double in the 4th, moving to third on a Anthony Rizzo ground out. Javy Baez got creative, a two-out bunt single to score Zobrist with the tying run. Kyle Schwarber cares not for primitive bunts, he followed with a homer to dead central to put his team ahead 3-1.
Quintana could not sustain his quality pitching for long, however, and capitulated in the 5th. Jose Peraza singled and stole second base before being singled home by Votto. Suarez continued his excellent season the next at bat with a homer to right-center to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
The Cubs last scoring chance came in the 6th inning. Zobrist singled and Baez was hit by a pitch putting two on with two outs. Left hander Kyle Crockett replaced Castillo and got Schwarber looking on strikes to end the threat. A single from Adam Duvall just floated far enough to score Votto in the 7th. Peraza stole another base and scored on a single by Alex Blandino in the 8th. David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias got Chicago in order the final three innings to seal the win.
Third Time's Not The Charm
Jose Quintana continues to have a lot of problems when he sees the lineup for the third time in the game. Opposing offenses have hit a staggering .368 against Q in those scenarios, which adds up to an ERA over 11. At this point, it's hard to justify leaving the Colombian lefty in the game when the lineup turns over a third time.
Bryzzo Corporation Having A Down Quarter
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are truly the engines of the Cubs lineup, when one or both are going good the Chicago offense is unstoppable. Unfortunately, both have been struggling the past two weeks. It shows just how deep this team is that they haven't played that badly with the pair off their game. At some point, trust me it will happen, Tony and Kris will catch fire at the same time and the results will be truly breathtaking.
The Cubs have lost two straight and four of seven against the lowly Reds this season with wins by Luis Castillo, Matt Harvey, and Tyler Mahle. All I can really say is this.
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