Yu Darvish was on fire Wednesday night as the Chicago Cubs faced the Cincinnati Reds. The starter went 5.1 innings with five hits, two runs (both earned), no walks, and 11 strikeouts. Unfortunately, his stellar performance would not earn him or the team a win.
The Reds got on the board first on a single from Eugenio Suarez, scoring Nick Senzel and putting them ahead 1-0.
Addison Russell responded for the Cubs in he second inning, hitting a two-run shot off of Reds starter Sonny Gray that scored Albert Almora, Jr and brought the score to 2-1.
Almora got in on the home run game as well, hitting a solo shot in the fourth inning and putting the Cubs ahead 3-1. José Iglesias doubled and scored Derek Dietrich in the Reds half of the inning, and the fourth would end with the score at 3-2.
Robert Stephenson took over for Gray in the sixth inning and struck out Javier Báez to lead off the inning. Kyle Schwarber followed with a walk, but the Cubs would not score, as David Bote struck out and Almora got the third out on a flyout.
Mike Montgomery relieved Darvish in the sixth and faced Jesse Winker. Winker singled, followed by a strikeout from Yasiel Puig. Dietrich then doubled, but Winker was thrown out at home on a beautiful throw from Heyward in right. The play went 9-4-2 to end the inning.
Russell led off the seventh inning against new Reds reliever Jared Hughes and hit a single. He then advanced to second on an error by shortstop Iglesias. After facing Taylor Davis (who grounded out), Wandy Peralta came in to pitch. He faced pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso, who hit a sacrifice fly to score Russell. The inning ended with the Cubs up 4-2.
Brandon Kintzler took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh and faced Iglesias, who homered. With the Reds now ahead 4-3, Josh VanMeter pinch hit and grounded out to short. Tucker Barnhart and Senzel followed with outs to end the inning.
Kyle Schwarber added some insurance in the eighth for the Cubs against pitcher David Hernandez with a solo shot to bring the score to 5-3.
New Cubs reliever Kyle Ryan would face only one batter in the eighth, Joey Votto, who singled. Ryan was pulled in favor of Carl Edwards Jr, who gave up a two-run homer to Suarez. The inning ended with the game now tied at 5-5.
Raisel Iglesias came in to pitch for the Reds in the ninth and José Peraza stayed in at second base. Almora led off the inning and popped out to second, Russell popped out in foul territory and the ball was caught by Votto at first, and Davis lined out to end the inning.
Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth, facing Iglesias, Peraza, and Barnhart and getting a lineout, groundout, and lineout, respectively.
Brach also led off the 10th inning and lined out to center. Heyward followed with a soft groundout that went from catcher Barnhart to Votto at first. Kris Bryant kept his on base streak alive with a single and Báez followed with a single to keep his career-high 13 game hitting streak alive. Bryant advanced to third. Amir Garrett entered the game to get the third out, and was able to do so on a groundout from pinch hitter Willson Contreras.
Contreras remained in the game at catcher for the bottom of the 10th and Bryant moved from first to left field. Votto walked, followed by a single from Suarez. Votto advanced to third and Suarez reached second on a bobble at third from Bote. The Cubs deployed a five-man infield with Winker up to bat. He was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Michael Lorenzen entered to pinch run for Votto.
The game ended on a single from Puig, who avoided the golden sombrero in his fifth at-bat and got the Reds the 6-5 victory. Baseball is a weird game, isn't it?