One Of Those Games - Reds 4, Cubs 2

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A baseball season is a long grind, there will be some glorious days and some rough days. And then sometimes there will be games where you just can’t catch a break. Thursday was one of those games for the Cubs, as they dropped their first series since early April.

Ironically, the evening started with a break for Chicago, the only one they would get. Kris Bryant drew a walk off Reds’ ace Luis Castillo with one out. Javy Báez doubled to left with two outs to put runners on second and third. Willson Contreras hit a dribbler down the third base line. Right before Eugenio Suarez scooped it up, it bounced off the base and over his head for a two-run double.

José Quintana was sharp early, he only allowed three runners the first four innings. Castillo kept the Cubs even quieter, retiring 13 batters in a row as a steady rain fell.

The 5th inning spelled doom for the North Siders on Thursday. Light-hitting José Peraza hit an opposite-field solo homer to right to make it 2-1. The pitcher Castillo singled and after a fly out, Joey Votto hit a single to put two on with two out.

Quintana threw two-straight pitches in the dirt to Suarez that skidded through the mud past Contreras. The second one he could have blocked maybe, with the bad conditions hard to say for sure. Castillo scored the tying run on the second wild pitch and Votto scored the go-ahead run when Eugenio singled.

Then the skies really opened up and the game was delayed nearly two hours. When play resumed, Daniel Descalso and Báez singled with two out in the top of the 6th. New pitcher Michael Lorenzen got another grounder to third from Willson, but this one didn’t hit the base and Votto picked the throw in the dirt to end the threat.

Tyler Chatwood took over for the Cubs and allowed seven baserunners in two innings. Only one of the seven would score, however, on another Suarez single to make it 4-2. That run would be academic; as Emir Garrett, David Hernandez, and Rasiel Iglesias didn’t allow a runner the final three innings to secure the win.


Source: FanGraphs

Seeing Red

The Cubs had not lost a series since dropping two of three to Milwaukee in early April. To say they were due to drop a couple of games to someone is an understatement. As for the Reds, this team is good, they aren’t the same bottom dwellers they have been of late. The bullpen and the rotation are tough and the offense will start clicking. Unfortunately, they will be a thorn in Chicago’s side all season.

Random Reference

The Cubs couldn’t get a hit, then José Peraza went deep, then the rain led to a sloppy inning, then the game got delayed, then the Reds bullpen threw fire, and tomorrow is facing Max Scherzer after a late night flight. What next???

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  • Man, I let a loss go last night. Turn the page. It's tough to do two nights in a row. That page got stuck.

    So many coincidences tonight. Cubpack bringing up a song I hold near and dear, reminding me of my swamp-busting days. Then Sean labeling a paragraph as "Seeing red". I scrolled down to comment, and the ad blasting me with a photo of Bill, Tony, Geezer, and Ozzy asks me "Take a quiz...".

    We'll get them tomorrow. For no reason except I want to:

    "I went to the doctor see what he could give me.
    He said son, son, you've gone too far.
    'Cause smokin' and trippin' is all that you do.
    Yeah........!"

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    One of those rainy nights, but I'm dry.

    I don't like things sugar-coated. Give it to me raw and un-edited, like tonight's loss or this clip from Paris in 1970. Raw and real, non-produced. If my math is correct, I was conceived during this concert, in more ways than one.

    "I tell you no lies."

    https://youtu.be/PWVLvvRcd24

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That’s a great clip. Wish I could have seen them back in those days. It’s early and mornings and I don’t get along, so I’ll stick with some old school Sabbath
    “I don't know if I'm up or down
    Whether black is white or blue is brown
    The colors of my life are all different somehow
    Little boy blue's a big girl now”

  • SMH

  • I miss Zo and Riz. One knows that the Cubs have no one to leadoff when Schwarber is as good of an option as available.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Why not try Contreras there with his .405 obp? I don't get even trying Schwarber hes proven time and time again he cannot do it even though in theory he should be a decent option. It's too bad Heyward is struggling cause first month Heyward would have been a perfect fit there IMO.

  • I'm so happy to see Contreras hitting well this year but man, his defense is struggling this year. Those early runs were on him. Obviously, his arm is elite and he may be calling good games, but his framing is bad and his blocking has been atrocious. I don't remember the blocking being an issue prior to this year.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I agree DarBar. There was zero attempt made to block either of those WPs by Q. Instead Contreras tried to backhand both pitches. The first one looked easy enough, but the second one went right between his legs. Neither had any strangeness to how it bounced. They both went just below his glove. Not good at all, and likely affected the outcome of the game.

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