The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field + Bronson Arroyo is not a great combo.
The Reds lost their fourth straight game this evening, and have now fallen back down to .500. Arroyo struggled over five innings, and his relief, Blake Wood, struggled even more. The Reds offense did their part, hitting three home runs of their own, but it was far from enough.
|Cincinnati Reds (19-19)||5||10||0|
|Chicago Cubs (19-19)||9||13||1|
|W: Lackey (4-3) L: Arroyo (3-3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Bronson Arroyo allowing a 2 RBI ground-rule double to Wilson Contreras with 2 outs in the 1st inning. That gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 17.1% (from 42.9% to 25.8%).
Player of the Game
Ian Happ: 1 for 3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 0.16 WPA
The former UC Bearcat beat up on the Reds today in just his third MLB game.
Zack Cozart hit his third home run of 2017. Cozart continues to make a strong push for a donkey. He is now hitting .339/.431/.583 on the season.
Joey Votto hit a 427 foot opposite field bomb off Koji Uehara. It was the first home run Uehara has allowed in 16 appearances this season. Votto now has 11 home runs in 2017, and is now on pace to hit 47.
Tucker Barnhart hit his first home run of 2017.
Jose Peraza had two hits tonight. Neither were hard hit balls and probably fall into the lucky category, but anytime Peraza gets on base twice that is a good thing.
Billy Hamilton also had a two hit night. He also had a great catch. Shocker.
John Lackey did something very generous for the Reds. He threw a ball in the dirt on an 0-2 count with 2 outs to Bronson Arroyo with a runner on third base. The lead to the Reds third run of the evening.
Bronson Arroyo had been about a league average pitcher for the past month, but he was not on tonight. Arroyo now has a 6.31 ERA/6.16 FIP on the season.
Blake Wood had a less than stellar outing. He allowed five baserunners in 0.1 innings.
Scott Schebler got picked off first base in the 4th inning. No bueno.
Not so random thoughts……….
The Cubs are going to be good forever now, aren’t they? Sigh.
Here is a must see interview of Michael Lorenzen on MLB Now.
— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) May 16, 2017
Reds at Cubs
Wednesday, 8:05 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Scott Feldman (3.59 ERA) vs Kyle Hendricks (3.40 ERA)
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.