Reds 6 Cubs 5
Eugenio Suarez launched a two-run homer off Steve Cishek in the top of the 9th inning to send the Reds past the Cubs 6-5 Friday afternoon at Wrigley. It was a 445-foot bomb and the 14th of the season for Suarez.
The Reds rallied from 4-0 and 5-4 deficits on the day. They move to 23-27 overall. The four run deficit was the largest overcome by the Reds this season.
I don't think there can be much debate, that was the biggest and best win of the season.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks retired the first nine batters of the game, while the Cubs had jumped on Anthony DeSclafani for three homers and four runs in the first three innings. Raisel Iglesias closed out the 9th in 1-2-3 fashion for his 13th save.
The Reds collected 11 hits on the day with 2 hits from Votto, Suarez, Winker and Puig. They have taken 3 of the last 4 vs the Cubs.
Versatility and flexibility: Michael Lorenzen pinch-ran for Votto in the 9th, scored the tying run and finished the game in right field. Derek Dietrich came in on a double switch and played 2B-LF-1B. Jesse Winker played LF-RF-LF. David Bell used 19 players.
A two-out 8th inning single by Wilson Contreras scored Anthony Rizzo and broke a tie to put the Cubs ahead 5-4. Rizzo narrowly beat the throw from center fielder Nick Senzel, who bobbled the ball slightly while charging and fielding. The go-ahead hit came against David Hernandez who had replaced Amir Garrett with two on and two out. Rizzo had stolen second base when Garrett did not pay attention to him.
Down 4-0 after three innings, the Reds came off the mat to tie the game in the 7th inning on a two-out RBI single by Jesse Winker. It was part of three straight two out hits after Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez had singled.
Yasiel Puig had pulled the Reds to with 4-3 with a 431-foot, 2-run bolt in the 6th inning to score Winker (single). It was the 8th HR for Puig and the exit velocity was 107.5 mph. Puig has 28 RBI, 2nd on the team behind Suarez.
It was a long day and short outing for DeSclafani. Kyle Schwarber took him yard to start the game with his first career leadoff homer. Things never got better. Disco served up a two-run homer to Kris Bryant and a solo shot to Anthony Rizzo in the 3rd inning and was done when he walked Kyle Hendricks to load the bases in the 4th inning. 3.2 IN, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 HR. He's allowed 13 HR in 48.2 innings this season. That's a rough start to a stretch of five games in four days when your starter goes only 3.2 innings.
But credit the Reds bullpen for applying a bandage to things. Wandy Peralta entered to the bases load and two outs and induced a ground out by Schwarber to end the inning. He tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. Matt Bowman, recalled earlier in the day, also tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. He's a Princeton graduate, with Hendricks from Dartmouth.
Senzel struck out three times Wednesday and three more today, including five straight in that span. He singled in the 5th inning.
Joey Votto had a check swing double to left field and scored in the 4th inning and a single up the middle in the 7th. He flew out hard to right field in the 5th. He walked during an eight pitch AB leading off the 9th.
Tucker Barnhart struck out three times.
Hendricks: 6 IN, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 9 K
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