The Short Version: Cincinnati collects just three singles, and Tyler Mahle surrenders three long-balls as the Reds drop the final game of the series to the stupid Cubs.
|Chicago Cubs (25-19)||6||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (16-32)||1||3||1|
|W: Darvish (1-3) L: Mahle (3-6)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Ummm…Scott Schebler was 1-2 with a walk and a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. Let’s see…oh yeah, Joey Votto was 2-4. That’s pretty good.
–Tyler Mahle pitched six innings.
–In those six innings, Tyler Mahle surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six. Mahle’s bugaboo today was the home run; the Cubs hit three. Back-to-back homers by Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez in the top of the second gave the stupid Cubs a 3-1 lead, and the ballgame was essentially over at that point.
Mahle now leads the National League in home runs allowed. Repeat to yourself: young pitchers are going to be inconsistent.
–The Reds collected a measly three hits today. In the three losses to the Cubs over the last three days, Cincinnati scored two runs on eight hits. That won’t get it done.
–Adam Duvall took home the Golden Sombrero today: 0-4, four strikeouts. He’s hitting .188/.291/.423 on the season; Duvall also has more plate appearances this year than any other Reds outfielder. (Not that any of the other outfielders are necessarily tearing it up.)
–Votto made a throwing error.
–Wandy Peralta isn’t fooling anyone this season.
–Remember when the Reds swept the Dodgers in a four-game series in Los Angeles? Yeah, they’re 2-5 since then.
–We must really be obsessed with the Reds to continue following the team in these dark and dreary days. Has anyone checked the DSM-5 to see if this is an actual clinical problem?
–Matt Harvey will make his first GABP start (as a member of the home team) on Tuesday night against the Bucs.
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