Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber hit solo Home Runs off of Tyler Mahle in the top of the first inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-0 lead. However, from that point on Mahle would settle in on the mound for the Reds on his way to his first victory of the season.
The Reds would answer in the bottom of the second when Eugenio Suarez extended his hitting streak to six games with a solo Home Run to leadoff the inning. Then, in the fourth, Jesse Winker would leadoff the inning with a solo blast of his own. Suarez then doubled and was later driven in on a two-out single from Matt Davidson that gave Cincinnati a 3-2 advantage.
Cincinnati would go on to add to their lead in the next inning. Nick Castellanos produced a two-out single followed by a Jesse Winker double to place runners at second and third. Eugenio Suarez came to the plate and blooped a single into shallow centerfield to drive in two and bring the Reds lead to 5-2.
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Freddy Galvis added a Home Run to leadoff the bottom of the eighth inning to tack on an insurance run, giving the Reds a 6-2 lead. That insurance run would prove to be very, very big for the Reds.
On the mound, Tyler Mahle was absolutely incredible after his two mistake pitches in the first inning. He didn’t allow another hit after the Schwarber Home Run and ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings before handing the ball over to Amir Garrett. Garrett shut down the seventh inning by striking out Victor Caratini and then pitched the eighth inning as well.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11… you just counted how many strikeouts Tyler Mahle had. pic.twitter.com/tuzCpCgvQr
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 29, 2020
Robert Stephenson came in to pitch the ninth inning since it wasn’t a save situation despite having Closer Raisel Iglesias warming up in the bullpen. As he continues to come back from some extended time on the Injured List, Stephenson gave up a two-run Home Run to Wilson Contreras and then a solo shot to Jason Heyward that cut the lead to 6-5 in the top of the ninth.
With one out in the ninth, David Bell turned to Iglesias who came in and and got two quick outs to allow the Reds to escape with a 6-5 victory. With their third consecutive victory, Cincinnati is now 14-17 on the season as the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs fell to 18-13.
Game One will begin tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time at Great American Ball Park with Trevor Bauer taking the mound against Yu Darvish. In Game Two, which will start approximately 40 minutes prior to the conclusion of the the first game, Tejay Antone will start for the Reds against Alec Mills of the Cubs.
Excellent Start From Tyler Mahle
The Reds hung six runs on the board for the third consecutive game, but you absolutely have to begin by praising Tyler Mahle. He showed excellent poise by settling in after allowing two Home Runs in the top of the first inning on his way to throwing 6 2/3 innings. Mahle finished with allowing just the two hits and striking out 11 batters to earn his first win of 2020. His ERA fell to 3.91 after tonight’s outing.
More of the Same From Jesse Winker
Watch this, Jesse.
You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half. pic.twitter.com/OhoCsTdl42
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 29, 2020
This is a recurring segment at this point, but Jesse Winker stayed hot at the plate once again. He tied the game with a solo Home Run in the bottom of the fourth inning and then doubled in the fifth. Winker finished 2-4 at the plate and is now 7-11 with 3 Home Runs in the last two days. On the season, Winker is now batting .341 with 9 Home Runs and 15 Runs Batted In.
Eugenio Suarez Stays Hot
Geno has homered in 4 of his last 6 games! ? pic.twitter.com/Qa3lzrrwUv
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 28, 2020
It was a brutal start to the the 2020 season for the Reds All-Star Third Baseman. However, Suarez has busted out of his slump recently to the tune of going 12 for his last 37 (.324) with 5 Home Runs and 9 Runs Batted In over the last 12 games. Tonight alone Suarez was a season best 3-3 with a Home Run and three RBI.
Important Doubleheader Tomorrow
Tomorrow the Reds will make up the July 29th rainout as part of a seven inning double header. So far this season the Reds are 5-1 in seven inning games. With tonight’s victory the Reds now four games behind the Cubs in the Central and just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for second place in the division. 14-17 may still seem a little disappointing, but with the expanded 2020 playoff structure the Reds are very much in the picture of a spot in the postseason.