|Cincinnati Reds (49-70)||5||8||1|
|Chicago Cubs (62-55)||15||17||1|
|W: Quintana (7-10) L: Wojciechowski (3-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Scooter Gennett had two hits, including his 20th home run. But that wasn’t the highlight of tonight’s game for Scooter: he pitched the eighth inning. Sure, he gave up a two-run homer to Chicago’s Javier Baez, but he used a brilliant sidearm 64-mph fastball to escape the inning without further damage.
–Joey Votto had three hits, including a double. And he did this:
–Eugenio Suarez walked three times. He has now walked in six consecutive games, the longest active streak in the big leagues.
–Devin Mesoraco was hit on the foot by a pitch in the second inning. Shortly thereafter, clearly in pain, Mesoraco was forced to leave the game. Sigh…
This guy can’t catch a break. (No pun intended.)
–Asher Wojciechowski was pretty bad tonight, as the Cubs were smacking the ball all around the friendly confines of Wrigley Field tonight. In 3.2 innings, Wojciechowski allowed 7 runs on 10 hits. His season ERA jumped up to 5.21.
–It didn’t really matter, as the Reds were already losing big…but Patrick Kivlehan looked like a Little Leaguer on a fly ball near the foul line in the seventh inning. He jumped and didn’t really come close to catching the ball. That error — on a ball that should have been the third out of the inning — gave the Cubs a 10-2 lead.
–Kivlehan victimized Drew Storen, but Storen didn’t exactly distinguish himself, allowing six runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning. Worst outing for Storen in a while.
–The Reds now have five players with 20 or more home runs: Votto, Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, Suarez, Gennett. Zack Cozart has 16, so he’s still in the mix.
–Votto has now hit in 18 of his last 19. He’s also reached base at least twice in 19 consecutive games. That’s a franchise record, and it’s also the fourth-best streak in the entire history of Major League Baseball. The top four:
1. Ted Williams (21 games in 1948)
2. Pete Rose (20 games for the Phillies in 1979)
3. Barry Bonds (20 games, 2004)
4. Joey Votto, 2017.
–Votto doubled in the fifth, despite the fact that the Cubs employed a goofy shift that included four outfielders. Is there anything Votto cannot do?
–Suarez’ on-base percentage is now up to .372. That mark is tied for 5th among all big league third baseman. It’s way past time for Suarez to be installed in the leadoff spot.
–Reds play the Cubs again tomorrow night. Wonderful.