|Chicago Cubs (41-41)||6||11||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (35-46)||2||5||1|
|W: Arrieta (8-6) L: Adleman (5-5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Joey Votto had another outstanding day: 2-4 with two RBI. Votto is now hitting .317/.429/.621. That ain’t bad, friends and neighbors.
–Wandy Peralta walked a batter, but faced the minimum in his scoreless inning of relief.
–Votto and Peralta’s performances were the only good things about today’s titanic struggle. The rest of the team, besides Votto, only had three hits collectively. They actually only had one hit until the eighth inning.
–Tim Adleman was not adequate today: 4.2 innings pitched, 3 runs allowed on 6 hits and a walk.
–After Adleman left the game, Cincinnati manager Bryan Price turned to perhaps his two least-effective relievers: Blake Wood and Austin Brice. The duo combined for 3.1 innings of relief, and they surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.
–Eugenio Suarez made a rare error at third base.
–Not a good game today — and I really wanted a sweep — but the Reds took two of three from the Cubs. That’s always a good thing.
In addition, it was a 4-2 home stand against the top two teams in the NL Central division. That’s also a good thing.
–Votto’s two-run single in the eighth inning was his 1,499th career hit. That ties Ted Kluszewski for tenth on the club’s all-time list.
–The Reds are now 23-20 at home. Unfortunately, when they go on the road, they turn into the 1982 Reds. They’re 12-26 away from Great American Ball Park.
–Okay, today wasn’t fun, but the Reds will head to Colorado tomorrow as they attempt to win a third consecutive series. Go Reds.
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) July 2, 2017
— Ryan Ritchey (@_RyanRitchey) July 2, 2017
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