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Recap: Reds win 12-7 over the Cubs, Snap 4-game Losing Streak

And this one belongs to the Reds! It has been since Opening Day that we’ve been able to utter that fabulous phrase, but tonight the Reds got off of their four game losing skid with a 12-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Sonny Gray earned his second win of the year on the mound for the Reds after tossing 6 2/3 innings, striking out 11 batters, and allowing just one hit. He allowed two runs, both unearned, that were charged to him after Brooks Raley entered the game.

Cincinnati got the board first this evening in the bottom of the 4th inning with a 2-run Home Run from Mike Moustakas who entered the lineup for the first time since Saturday after missing three straight games due to sickness. The Reds added seven more runs to take a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th. An intentional walk to Joey Votto loaded the bases after a leadoff single from Freddy Galvis and a ground-rule double from Shogo Akiyama placed runners at second and third. After a very cold start to the season, Eugenio Suarez came through with a 2-RBI single to make the Reds lead 4-0.

Continuing in the bottom of the 5th inning, after a pitching change, Moustakas reached via a base on balls and Nick Castellanos followed it up with a Grand Slam Home Run to stretch the lead to 8-0. Then, Nick Senzel, also coming off of a three game layoff, hit a Solo Home Run to take a 9-0 lead.

Fast-forward to the top of the 7th inning when Sonny Gray exited the game after his 6 2/3 innings of work. It was still 9-0 when Gray left the game, but a throwing error from Eugenio Suarez kept the inning going and the Cubs would eventually put up a five spot to cut into the Reds lead. After allowing a four pitch walk to the first batter he faced and then hitting the next batter on the first pitch, Brooks Raley allowed a 2-run single to Nico Hoerner and a double to Kris Bryant which also drove in two runs. 

The Reds responded in the bottom of the 7th inning with three runs, including a RBI double from Senzel, to take their lead back up to 12-5. Lucas Sims entered the game to throw a very good 1 1/3 innings while striking out two and giving up no runs. However, the Cubs were able to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the 9th via a Home Run off the bat of David Bote. That was finally the ending of the scoring as the Reds won 12-7.

Reds Bats Come Alive

After a couple of games struggling at the plate, the Reds finally woke up the bats. Mike Moustakas got the scoring started in the bottom of the 4th inning with his second Home Run of the season but it was Nick Castellanos that stole the show. Castellanos, who has now hit safely in each of the six games this season, went 2-3 at the plate including a Grand Slam Home Run. He has now driven in a team-high eight runs on the season. 

Shogo Akiyama also provided two hits in his five at-bats and scored a run while Nick Senzel went 2-4 with a double and a Home Run in his return to the Reds lineup. Tucker Barnhart also collected a single in his first plate appearance after getting back to Cincinnati after spending the beginning of the season on the paternity list.

Another Tough Day for the Bullpen

Sonny Gray may have dominated in his start once again, but the Reds’ bullpen continued to struggle. The bullpen was officially responsible for just five of the runs, but all seven came after Gray left the game. In 2 2/3 innings of work the bullpen allowed six hits and struck out three to go with three walks and one hit batter. Lucas Sims was definitely good in his time on the mound and deserves credit, but Brooks Raley and Cody Reed really struggled.

Sonny Gray is Dominant

It should already be clear, but Sonny Gray is absolutely one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. He has now thrown 12 2/3 inning over two starts, allowing just one earned run on four total hits and striking out twenty batters. Gray is a guy who the Reds will lean on throughout the season to give them a chance to win every time he takes the mound. Pitching against Cubs’ ace Kyle Hendricks, Gray got the best of the matchup tonight.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

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4 Comments for Recap: Reds win 12-7 over the Cubs, Snap 4-game Losing Streak

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:51 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Back on track baby!

  2. BlueCat22
    10:59 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Big difference with a healthy lineup tonight.

  3. westkycat20
    11:01 pm July 29, 2020 Permalink

    Reds still suck

    • katmandue2you
      2:16 am July 30, 2020 Permalink

      Cardinal fan!