It might be the fact that I sat through a nearly 90 minute rain delay for a game that already wasn’t starting until 8:15 local time. It might be the fact that the game itself then lasted four hours and seven minutes. It also could just be feeling beaten down after watching nearly every inning of every single Reds game this season. However, at 1:38 a.m. in the wee hours of Friday morning I am pulling the plug on the Reds season.
The Cubs defeated the Reds 8-5 to earn the series victory and move to 6-4 against the Reds this season. Cincinnati is now 19-25 on the season and 3.5 games out of a playoff spot with just 16 games remaining.
Cincinnati got off to a promising start this evening after a Joey Votto (happy 37th birthday!) leadoff single was followed up by a triple from Nick Castellanos to put the Reds on top 1-0. Jesse Winker then hit a Sacrifice Fly to make the score 2-0 in the first frame.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 11, 2020
Brian Goodwin would tack on another run for the Reds with a RBI double in the top of the second inning to give Cincy a 3-0 lead over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
However, the Cubbies broke through in the bottom of the fourth and put five runs on the board despite only having one ball leave the infield. Sonny Gray walked two batters and allowed an infield single before Nick Hoerner drove in two runs with a double to center field. Jason Heyward came up next and gave the Cubs the lead with a bloop single to right that drove in two runs.
After Michael Lorenzen took over for Gray, the inning mercifully ended a few batters later but not before a RBI groundout from Anthony Rizzo extended the Cubs lead to 5-3.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 11, 2020
Chicago added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and eventually added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a double in the left-centerfield gap from Wilson Contreras.
Cincinnati threatened a little bit in the top of the eighth when the score was still 7-3. Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff single and Freddy Galvis reached base thanks to an error by Javier Baez that would have been an easy double play. Shogo Akiyama then singled to drive in Suarez and advanced Galvis to third, but was thrown out while over sliding second base for the first out of the inning.
Tyler Stephenson added a RBI single in the inning to briefly cut the deficit to two runs before the Contreras RBI double in the bottom half set the final score of 8-5.
The Reds are back in action Friday night (aka tonight as I am writing this) at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time at Busch Stadium taking on the St. Louis Cardinals. Luis Castillo will take the mound against Adam Wainwright.