|Chicago Cubs (67-57)||13||13||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (53-73)||9||13||2|
|W: Rondon (4-1) L: Peralta (3-4)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Eugenio Suarez singled and hit two home runs, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, a career high for the young third baseman. It was the first two-homer game of Suarez’ career. He had 5 RBI, also a career high for a single game. Suarez is good at baseball.
Scooter Gennett hit his 22nd home run, and added a walk. Billy Hamilton got a couple of hits and a walk. He scored his 30th first-inning run, which is the most in the National League. That’s good, I guess. He and Joey Votto each stole a base.
Jesse Winker hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning, his fourth of the season. Get that kid in the lineup, Reds.
Votto and Zack Cozart each reached base twice.
Each of the first three pitchers that took the mound for the Reds tonight — Homer Bailey, Kevin Shackelford, Michael Lorenzen — went 1-1 at the plate. That’s 3-3 all together, if you’re into the whole math thing.
–Homer Bailey was on his way to making it into the “Good” section above, tossing three shutout innings and allowing just one hit. But then Bailey left the game under suspicious circumstances with the Reds holding a nice little 3-0 lead. Later, we learned:
Homer Bailey's exit after 3 innings was precautionary. He felt irritation in the back of his right shoulder.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 23, 2017
–Kevin Shackelford took over for Bailey, and he looked okay initially, tossing a scoreless inning and keeping the Reds ahead by that 3-0 margin. The wheels came off in the fifth inning, however: leadoff walk to the opposing pitcher, single, single, sac fly (Reds lead 3-1), fielder’s choice RBI (Reds lead 3-2), wild pitch, walk, walk. Michael Lorenzen took over for Shackelford with bases loaded and two outs.
Lorenzen promptly surrendered a line drive single to left field off the bat of Jason Heyward that tied the game. Fortunately, Adam Duvall made a perfect throw home to nab Ian Happ and end the inning.
Shackelford’s final line: 1.2 IP, 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks.
–Lorenzen allowed two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. He left after issuing a one-out walk in the top of the seventh inning. Wandy Peralta entered and gave up three runs on four hits before collecting the third out, surrendering the lead as the Cubs went ahead 8-6. Peralta was pretty unlucky; only one ball was hit hard against him, but everything found a hole.
–The Redlegs blew two 3-run leads. Up 3-0, tied 3-3, up 6-3, down 8-6.
–Then Blake Wood entered the game, and promptly walked the first hitter in the eighth inning on four pitches. Then Wood walked the second batter. And the third. Then he allowed a single, giving the Cubs a ninth run. Oh yeah, and then Wood allowed another single. 10-6, Cubs. And then another single. 11-6. And then he uncorked a wild pitch. 12-6.
Wood finally collected an out at that point, a strikeout. But he had already given up four runs. An RBI grounder to the next hitter scored the fifth run of the inning.
–Whatever. Good night. See you tomorrow.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 23, 2017
Really hope the Reds explore an extension with Suarez this offseason. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time.
— Matt Wilkes (@_MattWilkes) August 23, 2017
It looks like Bailey, DeSclafani, Finnegan, & Feldman are all going to end up missing >50% of 2017. That's the Reds top 4 SP entering 2017.
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) August 23, 2017
What’s worse than the words “forearm tightness” and “elbow pain?”
“Shoulder [ fill in the blank ]”
The Baseball Gods hate the Reds.
— Richard Fitch (@RichardFitchNYC) August 23, 2017
Over the last 12 days, Blake Wood has pitched 7 times & faced 28 batters, gotten 11 outs and allowed 14 runs.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 23, 2017
Sweet fancy Moses.
— Ky Reds Gal (@KyRedsGal) August 23, 2017
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 23, 2017
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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