You lose some -- Reds 5, Cubs 2

The Chicago Cubs gave a disappointing offensive effort on Friday night versus the Cincinnati Reds. Although starting pitcher Yu Darvish was able to go six innings with nine strikeouts, the Cubs notched only five hits and ultimately lost 5-2.

Nick Castellanos continued his hot hitting with a solo home run in the first off of Reds starter Trevor Bauer and the Cubs took an early 1-0 lead.

Darvish struck out the side in the bottom half of the first, with Jesse Winker, Joey Votto, and Eugenio Suárez set down in order.

The Reds pulled ahead of the Cubs 4-1 with a home run each in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. Aristides Aquino drove in two runs with a homer in the second, Suárez hit a one-run shot in the fourth, and Votto hit a one-run homer in the sixth.

Tony Kemp pinch hit in Darvish’s spot in the seventh inning with two outs after a strikeout from Kyle Schwarber and a ground out from Victor Caratini. Kemp was called out on strikes for the third out.

Steve Cishek entered the game in relief of Darvish in the bottom of the seventh. Darvish went six innings with four hits, four runs (all earned), no walks, and nine strikeouts. Cishek faced Aquino in leadoff, who grounded out back to the pitcher to first. Nick Senzel singled, and José Peraza hit an RBI single after a ground out from Tucker Barnhart. The inning ended on a strikeout from pinch-hitter Brian O’Grady and the Reds now leading 5-1.

The Reds sent Michael Lorenzen to the mound in the eighth inning and he immediately walked Jason Heyward and Castellanos. Kris Bryant singled to load the bases, and Lorenzen was then pulled in favor of Amir Garrett. Garrett hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch to bring in a run and lessen the Reds’ lead to 5-2. Javier Báez grounded into a force out, with Castellanos out at home. The Cubs would score no further runs, with Ian Happ striking out swinging and Schwarber grounding out to first.

Derek Holland replaced Cishek in the bottom of the eighth and faced pinch-hitter Philip Ervin, who lined out to center field. Votto grounded out and Suárez struck out swinging to end the inning.

Caratini led off the bottom of the ninth against new Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias and grounded out, second to first. Jonathan Lucroy pinch hit and was called out on strikes for the second out. It was up to Heyward to keep the hope alive, and he came through with a double. Unfortunately, Castellanos popped up to first to end the game.

 

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Source: FanGraphs

Filed under: Game Recap

Tags: Cubs, Reds, Trevor Bauer, Yu Darvish

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  • I have absolutely no ill will towards this game, We played and we lost. Go get em tomorrow.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Maybe 1-10;RISP might change your mind . Reds 2-2.

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    In reply to stix:

    Yeah, Javy Happ and Schwarber had a rough night.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    All 5 hits and 4 walks came from the 1 - 4 hitters, everyone else had too many first pitch swings, or "I missed that last strike, so I'm going to swing at this next pitch" swings; we had a ton of opportunities, which is great, now we just need to God-willing take advantage of them............

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Those 3 could have won the game. 1st and 3rd no outs, I think, in the 4th and bases loaded no outs in the 8th AND NO RUNS. That’s 4 at bats with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs and nothing. You take advantage of those opportunities and you win the game. Those were the making or BFI’s and crooked numbers.

    Go get ‘Em today. Let’s Go!!!

  • I said I'd be satisfied with a split in Cincy. They still have two games to get it done. Didn't enjoy the loss tonight and the 8th inning was especially frustrating, but it happens.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Ordinarily I'd agree about the split, but there's a good chance St. Louis and Milwaukee sweep their series against cold teams. I think 3 out of 4 is important... But it's not gonna happen if they keep leaving guys at 3rd with less than 2 outs like the 8th inning.... It was old Happ last night.

  • I wish Amir Garrett was serving 4 games of his 8 game suspension during this series.

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