The Reds are 4-1 this home stand and have a 23-19 record at GABP this year.
The stupid Cubs are 40-41. We’re glad to pile on their self-doubt and nagging feeling that it’s all falling apart. Worried that people will come to the conclusion last year was a fluke? Sure hope this weekend hasn’t contribute to that. Can someone who was at the game today tell me what song their fans sing after a loss?
The Reds go for the series sweep tomorrow. Take your brooms.
Jackson Stephens struck out two batters in the first inning, hitting 95-96 mph on the radar gun. He finished his five innings with 8 Ks and 1 BB. Out of many improbable things that occurred in this game, the most improbable was Stephens singling with bases loaded and two outs with ground ball up the middle, drove in two runs for 4-3 lead. All-in-all, a good day for a guy who was called up to send a signal to Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed.
Drew Storen pitched the 6th, working a round a lead-off double. The Reds turned a tight double play, started off by Eugenio Suarez, to end the inning. Toe Time Cingrani pitched the 7th, retiring the Cubs in order. Michael Lorenzen worked the 8th, pumping 96-99 mph, got two outs before Bryan Price replaced him. Lorenzen gave up a routine ground ball that should have been an out, and a walk. Raisel Iglesias, throwing 100 mph fastballs, got the final out of the 8th and retired the Cubs in order in the 9th.
Clearly exhausted bullpen has pitched six shutout innings in this series.
Billy Hamilton singled in the first inning, but was picked off. Second game in a row Hamilton was thrown out on the base paths. Hamilton also walked and scored in the 7th. Scooter Gennett got a hit and drew a walk. He’s batting .301 now. Joey Votto had two hits and a walk. Votto’s OBP is now .428, third best in baseball. Eugenio Suarez had a hit and two walks. His OBP is up to an excellent .363. Lead off hitter?
Tucker Barnhart threw out Addison Russell attempting to steal for the third out of the 2nd inning. Barnhart has thrown out 16 of 28 attempted base stealers.
The Reds had bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th. Jose Peraza weakly popped up to shortstop. He was 0-4 today and now batting .250/.026/.078.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.