The Reds offense couldn’t get anything going this evening against Cubs starter Alec Mills and couldn’t do any better against the bullpen on their way to a 3-0 defeat. Tonight’s loss marked the sixth shoutout so far this season as the Reds fell to 18-24.
Mills, who was facing the Reds for the third time this season, pitched six innings of shutout baseball while striking out six batters. Cubs Manager David Ross then turned to his bullpen and got three innings of nearly perfect work from the trio of Duane Underwood Jr., Ryan Tepera, and Jeremy Jeffress to close things out.
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Tyler Mahle was very good on the mound for Cincinnati, but the Cubs made him pay for his only walk and hit batter of the game as both free passes would end up scoring via two-out triples in the second and third innings by David Bote and Javier Baez respectively. Those runs would prove to be enough despite the seven innings, 10 strikeout performance by Mahle.
Cincinnati will try again at Wrigley Field tomorrow night against Yu Darvish (7-1, 1.44) and the Cubs. Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.05) will take the mound for the Reds as he looks to earn his first victory since August 19th.
Another Great Outing By Tyler Mahle
He was saddled with the loss tonight, but that doesn’t mean that Tyler Mahle didn’t do his job. The 25 year old right-hander tied his career-high (for his second start in a row) throwing seven innings of four hit, three run baseball. Mahle also struck out 10 while walking just one batter and hitting another.
Unfortunately for Mahle, both of those free baserunners turned into runs scored in the second and third innings thanks to triples from David Bote and Javier Baez.
In his last three outings, two against the Cubs and one facing the Cardinals, Mahle has pitched 20 2/3 innings and allowed just eight runs on 10 hits in that time. He has also struck out 24 batters while allowing only five walks. Despite taking his second loss tonight, his season Earned Run Average is down to 3.89.
Offensive Woes Continue
At the beginning of the season the Reds bullpen was, rightfully so, receiving the majority of the criticism from the fan base. However, over the course of the 42 games now, the offense is really the most disappointing part of team.
Despite spending big money on free agents like Nick Castellanos and Mike Moustakas, the Reds sit in dead last in Major League Baseball in terms of batting average at a measly .210. With Runners in Scoring Position the team is batting .228.