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Recap: Reds Fall Again, 8-5 to the Cubs

The Cubs took the lead in the top of the third inning when Jason Kipnis reached on a leadoff triple after Reds’ Center Fielder Shogo Akiyama lost the ball in sun and shadows entering Great American Ball Park and was later driven in by Nico Hoerner. The Cubs would go on to score at least one run each inning throughout the rest of the game.

The Reds briefly tied the game in the bottom of the 4th inning when Jesse Winker drew a 2-out walk that was followed by a Home Run by Nick Castellanos. Unfortunately, those two Reds’ runs would be all their offense could manage until the late innings. Finally, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Curt Casali hit a leadoff Home Run to cut into the Cubs lead and Freddy Galvis hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th to set the final score of 8-5.

After the Castellanos Home Run tied the game at two runs apiece in the 4th inning, the Cubs would continue to tack on runs in each frame. In the 5th inning, Kyle Schwarber blooped a single into shallow Left Field to drive in Javier Baez who reached on a 2-out double. In the 6th inning, Reds reliever Cody Reed walked the leadoff batter before giving way to Pedro Strop who also allowed a base on balls to the first batter he faced. Nico Hoerner ended up hitting a sacrifice fly to extend the Chicago lead to 4-2. Then, Baez and David Bote would hit solo Home Runs in the 7th and 8th innings respectively to advance the score to 6-2 in the Cubs favor before Casali’s Home Run in the bottom of the 8th.

In the 9th inning, Baez went deep again, this time off of Michael Lorenzen to extend the Cubs lead once again. There will be more on Baez in the recap below, but he was a major thorn in the Reds side tonight.

Back of the Rotation Steps Up

The Cubs 5th starter before the rotation turns back over to Kyle Hendricks, and Drew Franklin’s neighbor’s brother, Alec Mills was excellent in his six innings of work. The soft throwing right-hander allowed just two hits and two runs while throwing only 77 pitches in his six innings on the mound to earn the win. 

For the Reds, Tyler Mahle managed only four innings in his season debut as a spot-starter covering for the injured Anthony DeSclafani. However, despite being pulled after only four innings, Mahle allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out four Cubs’ batters.

More Bullpen Struggles

Cody Reed took over for Mahle to begin the 5th inning and gave up a run, then was charged with another run after walking the leadoff batter who went on to score in the 6th inning when he gave way to Pedro Strop. In the 7th and 8th innings Amir Garrett and Nate Jones also each gave up Home Runs in their appearances. Then, in the top of the 9th, Michael Lorenzen gave up a 2-run Home Run to cap off the Cubs scoring for the night.

The bullpen combined to pitch five innings while giving up six runs, all earned. Michael Lorenzen now has an Earned Run Average of 16.88 in his 2 2/3 innings on the mound this season. Lorenzen has also allowed a Home Run in each of his three appearances. 

Javier Baez Dominates

Baez went off against the Reds’ pitching staff this evening. The Shortstop went 3-5 with a pair of Home Runs and 3 RBI to lead the Cubs to a commanding 2-0 series lead. Baez was just 3-17 with 1 RBI and no Home Runs coming into tonight’s game. 

Turn the Page to Tomorrow

Mandatory Credit: Jim Owens-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a very, very disappointing start to the 2020 season for the Cincinnati Reds. There is simply no other way to slice it other than to say the team has not lived up to the high expectations put on them prior to Opening Day. However, especially in a shortened season, there is no room for sulking after a loss. Each game is way too important to let an early losing streak ruin the club morale.

Tomorrow evening’s game, which will earn a “Game of the Week” preview tomorrow afternoon on KSR, features an outstanding pitching matchup between club ace’s Kyle Hendricks and Sonny Gray. I’ll save my thoughts on that for tomorrow’s article, but it’ll be worth tuning in for at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time!

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

8 Comments for Recap: Reds Fall Again, 8-5 to the Cubs

  1. lexattorney
    10:25 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

    It sucks that I missed my 2 favorite teams but I would have been turning it off as soon as some snowflake took a knee anyway.

    • Bluehender
      9:37 am July 29, 2020 Permalink

      So you’re against Americans exercising their freedom that people who are better than you and me, fought and died for?

  2. UKinIN
    10:28 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Scoring runs takes pressure off of the pitching staff. Not happening for the Reds yet.

  3. westkycat20
    11:15 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Hahahahahahahaha. The Reds suck

  4. ukkatzfan
    12:03 am July 29, 2020 Permalink

    So Matt tries to milk some business off of the reds. Andy cuts him down to 25% capacity. Now he has people setting through a whole baseball game in restaurant taking up perfectly good money making real estate. Way the reds are losing, is he puts some classic “tear in the beer” country on a juke box.

    • lexattorney
      1:03 am July 29, 2020 Permalink

      Did he stand up (or more likely take a knee) and applaud when the players did so during the NATIONAL anthem?

  5. UKFaninCO
    12:32 am July 29, 2020 Permalink

    We suck again!

  6. light my fire
    8:34 am July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Reds have as many wins as Votto Had knee on ground during Anthem. 1.
    Keep it up Reds