The Reds Scare -- Reds 10, Cubs 2

The Chicago Cubs dropped the series versus the Cincinnati Reds in a 10-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds were aggressive early, putting up two runs in the first inning against Cubs starter José Quintana. Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit consecutive singles, followed by an RBI single from Eugenio Suárez for the first run. Yasiel Puig followed with a single, and José Iglesias grounded into a double play, scoring Votto to bring the score to 2-0.

The Cubs went 1-2-3 in the home half of the inning versus Reds starter Tanner Roark. Kyle Schwarber led off with a strikeout, Kris Bryant grounded out, and Willson Contreras struck out after singles from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez.

Senzel led off the third with a single for the Reds and was initially picked off at second, but remained on the base after a missed catch error by Daniel Descalso. Votto singled and Suárez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Senzel, and putting the Reds ahead 3-0.

The Reds added another run in the sixth inning, making the score 4-0. Jesse Winker singled, Curt Casali walked, and pinch hitter Kyle Farmer doubled for the RBI.

Carl Edwards Jr took over for Quintana after the Farmer double and threw a wild pitch with Casali scoring. He then walked Senzel. Votto hit a sac fly to score Farmer, and Senzel scored during a fielding error from Bryant. Bryant exited the game with an injury after a collision with Jason Heyward in the outfield and was replaced by Albert Almora Jr at right field, and Heyward moved to center. The inning would end with the Reds ahead 7-0.

The Cubs finally got on the board in the sixth on a solo home run from Contreras and were now trailing 7-1.

Tim Collins took the mound for the Cubs to get the third out of the sixth. David Bote moved to right field, Descalso moved to third, and Addison Russell entered the game at second base. Collins faced Casali, who singled, and Dietrich grounded out to end the inning.

Jared Hughes pitched for the Reds in the bottom of the sixth and got a strikeout from Russell and groundouts from Schwarber and Almora.

Báez hit his 13th home run of the season in the eighth inning, the Cubs' third hit of the day, to bring the score to 8-2.

Given the run deficit and the lack of availability in the bullpen, Victor Caratini pitched in the ninth and threw a first pitch strike to Iglesias. Iglesias would, however, go on to single. Winker grounded into a forceout with Iglesias out at second. José Peraza flew out to center, and Casali then hit a two run home run. Reds now ahead 10-2. Pinch hitter Josh VanMeter walked and the third out came on a flyout to center from Senzel.

VanMeter stayed in the game and played first base and Robert Stephenson took over pitching for the Reds. Bote led off and reached first on a throwing error from Suárez at third. Descalso walked, Russell flew out to left, and Schwarber struck out swinging. With one out remaining, Almora struck out to end the game.

 

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  • Bryant cleared. To fly to Houston. Positive news, I guess.

  • In reply to stix:

    Whew.

  • Great, good to hear, THANKS

  • Good news on KB. We can't go into Houston, though, with a 3-man bench with these question marks and needing a DH. We have to make a move. My guess is probably send down Collins. As for a call-up, watch out for Jim Adduci. He can play all the corners in case KB needs time, and if Rizzo's back tightens up.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Nailed it, BP, Collins to Iowa, Adduci called up. I'm sure he'll be a bench guy, but I'd like to see him get some ABs and maybe a start somewhere on the road trip.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Adduci in starting lineup. Heyward and Bryant both on the bench.

  • In reply to stix:

    I was hoping Bryant would be able to DH today. Better safe than sorry, I guess. Looks like we'll find out if Adduci has anything to contribute, but I'm wondering why Heyward is sitting vs. a RH starter. Maybe he was banged up in the collision, too?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Our relief on the Bryant news last night may have been premature. He was cleared to travel with the team, but is still under physical evaluation.

    Heyward banged his hip on the play. No word that I'm aware of on the severity.

    Adduci is a veteran who's been on fire at the plate. 6 RBI with Iowa yesterday. Hopefully that carries over.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Ouch on KB.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Yes sir. The language I keep seeing today is "still under evaluation". Not "sore neck" or " tweaked shoulder". That tells me, as we speculated about last night, that he is in the new "concussion protocol". I hope I'm wrong, but that's my sense.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    "I concur, Dr. Abagnale..."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    From Mark Gonzalez:

    Tim Collins optioned, Jim Adduci selected from Triple-A Iowa.

    Pat, pat.

  • Don’t you think Joe will give him several days off???
    I know most were worried about concussion, but I was more worried about injuring the shoulder.

  • Wouldn’t you like to see Robel Garcia, the 26 year old phenom via Italy for an audition if the Cubs have an Addison Russell for Ken Giles deal cooking?

  • In reply to Swarf:

    I've never been one to speculate on specific trade proposals. Too much going on, IMO, as far as internal evaluations and knowledge within the organizations for me to guess. But Giles is getting a lot of notice on the North Side.

    We have an obvious need at the back end of the pen, and he may be available. I wonder, though, how his past behavior will play into any decision. He has a history of angry outbursts towards teammates and coaches, with an infamous demotion from Houston in late 2018 after some choice words for manager A.J. Hinch. He was dealt to Toronto shortly afterwards.

    I know fans will point to the Chapman deal, and that's a fair point. We want to win, and can overlook some things in order to do so. I'm not arguing that point. I just wonder about the nature of the offenses. One was off the field, the other, on multiple occasions and very publicly, was on it.

    I'm not saying one is worse than the other. Well, actually, I am. One was far worse than the other. I'm just saying that Giles has some baggage. That baggage involves clubhouse issues, and that's something the Cubs have strived to avoid. Keep that in mind when salivating over his numbers in our pen. I assure you the FO is.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Love ya Barley, but I think your take is way off base on Giles. You really think Giles is different than 100’s of players who have words with a coach or teammate over the course of the year? C’mon. Giles outburst when demoted from closer is much ado about nothing. He complained of lousy communication which is hardly a death sentence.

    And although we can dream about having a legit closer, Giles is most likely never gonna see the North Side.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Giles is an interesting option. Would he be a spark that motivates the team - or - a distracting influence that causes more problems than he's worth? Would we need to be concerned about another suspension for fighting himself? Agreed, the Cubs aren't likely to pay what Toronto would be asking, if he's available at all.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Love ya, rb, but I think you're under-stating it, and I'm probably a little over the top. The WS-aspiring Astros gave up on and got rid of an elite back-end reliever, about three weeks prior to the trade deadline, due to an outburst towards his manager. Even after being demoted and dealt to Toronto, he remained a distraction to the 'Stros for the rest of the 2018 season by publicly and repeatedly talking smack about the Astros' organization, specifically calling out the FO and on-field management and coaching staff members. He's not respected by many in the game.

    I'm not saying it's a deal-breaker. I'm just bringing it to the attention of fans who may not know the baggage he carries as we all ponder potential pen additions. His numbers are far more shiny than his clubhouse reputation. I believe we will be in the market for an elite reliever. He is one of only a handful available. Just something to keep in mind.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    And barley I wasn’t even aware of the cheap shots he’s been taking at the astros thanks for the insight. Troubling to say the least he’s really talented but being a closer takes a mental mindset. My friend who is an astros fan growing up in houston has said for years that Giles is a head case. And he’s been saying that even before this fallout with the astros happened.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Completely agree with this barley. Giles was a frustrating player in Houston especially in big games. He doesn’t have the type of makeup that I want out of my closer, unlike say a wade davis. I acknowledge he’s a really talented pitcher I think TC gave some great insight on his insane peripheral numbers. But if he’s so great then why did he really never contribute to any of Houston’s playoff runs? Why has he only been good when pitching for rebuilding teams? Why did he implode in the postseason after his one good regular season with Houston? I’m not saying I’m right and everyone else is wrong on Giles the talents there. But I do think it’s fair to question the makeup of the man

  • Cardinals take 3-0 lead into the top of the ninth.......bring in Hicks to close it out.....
    Atlanta wins 4-3 in 10.

    Insert favorable comments here >

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Boy, the Cardinals are really struggling since visiting Wrigley,

    On another subject, I get matchup,s offensively, but really I like having our best defense on the field in their best positions. For me that puts Heyward in right, Almora in center, and Bryant in the infield. Kris doesn't look like an accomplished outfielder and Jason in a gold glove right fielder and slow and sometimes lost in center. Almora is Mr. Centerfielder. Defense will win more games.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    We really dodged a bullet with Bryant and should learn from it. Maybe KB can DH in Houston?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    With the crazy BABIP the reds just put up 3 straight, I'd be fine with the all-hands team for a few days (Russell, Almora). The pitching needs the help.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agree 100%. I understand shifting players around to provide occasional rest but playing them outside of their primary positions carries risk.

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