Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (23-27) 6 11 0
Chicago Cubs (29-20)
5 8 1
W: Hernandez (1-2) L:  Cishek (1-2) SV: Iglesias (11)
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The game didn’t look great early on for the Reds, but they battled back time and again to beat the baby bears in Chicago on Friday afternoon.

The Offense

The Reds bats were quiet for the first three innings, but got going in the 4th. Singles by Joey Votto and Jesse Winker set up the first run of the game for Cincinnati when Yasiel Puig singled in Votto. It was Puig again in the 6th that put the Reds on the board, this time hitting a 431-foot homer that drove in Jesse Winker to make it a 4-3 game. The next inning saw Winker double in Joey Votto to tie the game up. The Cubs decided to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th, setting up a 9th inning of fun. Votto, who was in the middle of the offense all day long, walked to lead off the inning. David Bell pinch ran for him with Michael Lorenzen, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he used a sloth because Eugenio Suarez took the next pitch of the game 445 feet to dead center field to put the Reds up 6-5. That blast would be enough thanks to……

The Pitching

A leadoff home run by Kyle Schwarber got the Cubs out to a good start against Anthony DeSclafani, but he shut the bats down rather easily the rest of the next two innings. But then Chicago put on a brief episode of Home Run Derby as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back in the 3rd to put them up 4-0. DeSclafani wouldn’t make it out of the 4th inning, leaving the bases loaded with 2 outs for Wandy Peralta. The lefty came on to end the threat, and he’d toss a scoreless 5th inning, too. Matt Bowman, making his 2019 Major League debut, threw 1.1 perfect innings of relief with a strikeout. He gave way to Amir Garrett. The lefty got out of the 7th inning and returned for the 8th. He left 2 runners on and gave way to David Hernandez who gave up a single that brought in a run, which was charged to Garrett and gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead. That was all the Cubs got, but it put them in front. For about 3 entire minutes. With a 6-5 lead thanks to the Suarez homer, Raisel Iglesias came on for the bottom of the inning to try and close the game out. And he did just that by striking out the first batter of the inning, then getting a fly out by Schwarber and a pop up by Kris Bryant to complete the comeback from a 4-0 deficit.

Notes Worth Noting

Anthony DeSclafani has given up 37 home runs since the start of the 2018 season. He’s thrown 163.2 innings in that span. While he’s been outstanding in limiting the walks and in racking up strikeouts, he’s giving up home runs at a rate that would make Eric Milton blush and it’s killing his ERA.

Eugenio Suarez homered in the 9th inning to put the Reds ahead. It went 445 feet, which is the longest home run of the year for the Reds. It was also his 14th of the season. Last year when he hit 34 homers he only had 8 on May 24th, which also included a home run.

Amir Garrett is a gem. Not just for what he does on the mound, which is really, REALLY good.

Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, and Yasiel Puig went 8-16 with a walk, a hit by pitch, 2 doubles, and 2 homers. More of that, please. Thanks.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

Saturday May 25th, 2:20pm

Tyler Mahle (1-5, 3.51 ERA) vs Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.06 ERA)

62 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Big win!! They’ve dropped so many of these that they had to turn it around! Now win the series! They beat the Cards senseless in the first game in St. Louis and lost that series. Time to get hot! Puig and Votto can either make this offense dangerous or pathetic!

  2. Mark Lang

    I think they’ve won every single game I haven’t been able to watch this year. I think someone in the front office should figure out that it’s far more cost effective to pay me a couple hundred dollars a game than it would be to sign any new player.

  3. matthew hendley

    Good win by the Reds. A solid win and a good hope for another Series win. A bit more of good news. A little bit of money will becoming avalible as Mat Kemp signs with the Mets. Min salary reduced from what we owe him

  4. JB WV

    Joey has passed the mantle of “go to guy” to Geno. That was electric

  5. Reddawg12

    Awesome win. I was so frustrated after the Cubs went up 5-4, that I turned the game off and started to mow the lawn. Of course I gave in a few minutes later and turned it back on just in time to see the Suarez homer. It’s about time the Reds WIN a game they probably should have lost.

    The only real negative for me is that Disco continues to struggle. Two starts in a row he has been hit really hard and there isn’t really a better option at the moment.

    • Seat101

      Any thoughts on what the fallback plan is going to be if Disco goes out of style?

      • steve stevens

        Lucas Sims? Perhaps Santillan if needed. Vlad Gutierrez is an option but is having an awful start.
        Keuchel’s still available. 🙂

      • Reddawg12

        I think the most likely fallback would be Lucas Sims getting a chance until Alex Wood is ready. Signing Keuchel for the rest of season would be a dream, but I’m sure that’s not happening.

        If the Reds are still hanging around in another month when Alex Wood is close to returning, he could be a major addition. Adding an above average, left handed starter for the stretch run would be huge.

      • Indy Red Man

        Lorenzen, Stephenson, or Sims. Or even Reed if you run up against a lefty loaded lineup. 13 man staff gives Bell alot of options.

      • matt hendley

        SIms should get a look. Pitching well in AAA. Already Stretched out. could get a 6-7 Start look before Wood is back.
        Wood would obviously asume the spot when healthy. He almost undoubtbly is not going to be back long enough to be traded, and will provide the same effect as trading for a pitcher would. Can the Reds Deal with Discos problems till he is healthy? We will see but it looks worse every Start.
        Dallas Kuetchel still has the ball and chain of a lost draft pick for roughly 2 weeks, and would require time after that to get spun up. Same issues with him as Wood. Having both in the Rotation would be a boon, though.
        Lastly they could follow the Rays and throw a bullpen game. Always a thought.

      • greenmtred

        I’m pretty sure that already happened, Seat. We just haven’t discerned the plan, apparently.

      • Hotto4Votto

        Third game in a row he’s not gone beyond 4 IP. Given up 4 ER runs in all three of those games. 7 HRs allowed in the last those three games.

        He’s not in a good stretch. Reminds me of mid-August last season when the wheels fell off after a pretty good month prior. He was never able to right the ship through the end of the season.

        I think it’s probably time to start considering back up options. Can’t wait until late July for Wood to be back, if he even hits that expected return date.

  6. Klugo

    Great win! One more of those and I’ll be ready to call it even.

  7. Pete

    This is known in sales as closing the deal. The Reds had no business winning this game today but they did.

  8. WVRedlegs

    Improbable win. It was the Cubs first 3 hitters that did the damage. They had 5 of their 8 hits, all 5 runs, and 4 of the 5 RBI’s. DeSclafani should have a short leash coming in June. Any more outings like he has had over the last month and he is out. They should be shopping him as a change of scenery trade candidate to some pitching needy teams.

    • doofus

      The Yomiuri Giants are looking for starting pitchers.

  9. Seat101

    Steve Stevens – Those are the likely suspects, aren’t they? It doesn’t look like they’re trying to stretch Stephenson or Reed out, does it?

  10. TR

    Well done. It’s taken almost two months to get a big comeback win and avoid another one run loss. More needed to get to .500 plus.

  11. Old-school

    Great win. Reds claw back to 4 under and frustrate the Cubs who are a good team but have a flawed bullpen.
    Challenge to RLN. The Pirates are coming to GABP. Fill the stadium.. I’ve been to 3 games and all have been worth it. I’m going to try and go to 1-2 more on the home stand. This team is fun to watch and frustrating .. but they are frustrating because they are so close to being good. Let’s win a second series in a week against the Cubs and catch the Pirates.

    Go Reds.

    • TomN

      It may turn out to be nothing more than bright spot in a frustrating season, but it gave me a Hal King sort of feeling yesterday. Old timers will understand. Could it be the spark thus team needs?

      • Roger Garrett

        Remember that moment and we didn’t know then and don’t know now.If we hit we are good enough on the mound to win most of them.

      • Pete

        Thinking the same – Dodger double-header, game 1? Jim Brewer?

      • Shchi Cossack

        The turning point catalyst I remember from Hal King was the July 1973, season defining, 2-out, pinch hit grand slam in Montreal. The Reds had been floundering from 3rd to 5th in the NLWD, from 6-9 games behind. That game finally propelled them into 2nd place, then the Reds spent a couple months whittling away the lead and finally reeled in the hated LAD and moved into 1st place in early September and never looked back.

      • Pete

        Thank you for the clarification. Unfortunately my memory isn’t what it used to be.

      • Pete

        SC, We both had it right! King hit big homers off the Dodgers in a doubleheader and also the Expos that you alluded to. We both had it right exclamation point king hit big homers off the Dodgers in a doubleheader and also the Expos that you allude to. After the Dodger home run the Reds were red hot until the end of the year.

    • Grand Salami

      It was part of a double switch when the game was tied in the 7th. Bell brought in Garrett and Farmer and bumped Dietrich to the OF. Not sure why. I didn’t think Farmer was a much stronger defensive option …

      Marty and the Cowboy had nothing to say about Puigs status at that time. Just seemed like a bit of over-management.

    • RedsDownUnderer

      Puig was the last out of the 7th, so by putting the pitcher in his spot it allowed Garrett to pitch the 7th & 8th. Puig’s spot would have only come up again in the event that: (a) the game went to extras or (b) the Reds had at least 9 batters in the 8th and 9th. The latter of course occurred, but they had already scored two runs. Definitely a downgrade defensively and so probably over-managing. But at the time it seemed to make sense to me since Garrett did come back to pitch part of the 8th.

  12. Roger Garrett

    Just got back around 8 pm and it looks like I should just go away more often.Great job.

  13. Seat101

    I am not impressed with the St. Louis TV baseball announcers.

  14. Don

    Bottom looked good after 1st time up. Senzel watching to many pitches. Suarez saved Bell over managing. Left Garrett in one to many batters. Had 25 plus pitches and has not asked him to do that much at all this year.

    Glad they won, need to get to Darvish on Saturday. Get Mahle a fee runs early and he will keep it close for 6 innings.

      • Pete

        JV and Puig are the keys. Once Scooter comes back, the middle of the order will be as strong as anyone’s. But Joey and Yasiel must produce. Add in a pitcher or two…. Crazier things have happened. Met’s 1969 for one.

  15. CFD3000

    The biggest comeback win of the year so far, and it couldn’t have come against a nicer team. Doug, Votto’s hit in the 4th that led to the first run was actually a double. He hustled all night and was uncharacteristically effective on the base paths. I still hope he’ll find his groove at the plate, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be a slow runner for the rest of his career… Great win for the Redlegs!

  16. Indy Red Man

    Big win, but we’re not even to June yet and they’ve already had a game with a 8 run lead and had their ace on the mound in 2 other games with a 4 run lead and 5 run lead and lost all three! Get to .500 and then we’ll talk. Just get to late July and be somewhat relevant. 4 games back of the 2nd wildcard would do. This team has more talent! Good bench players and deeper pitching. I don’t see where the Twins have alot more talent then the Reds? If Votto & Puig can get going then this team can put a run together!

    • Scott Gennett

      The difference is they hired Baldelli instead.

      • Cincyborn2012

        Strongly disagree. A manager doesn’t make that much of a difference.

      • WVRedlegs

        The Twins have baseball people in their front office. The Reds have friends and family in their front office.
        The Reds front office failed big time on hiring Bell over Baldelli. Huge mistake. The Reds second biggest blunder of the winter was their Dodgers trade. The Twins sign Nelson Crux. The Reds get Matt Kemp. There is your difference. Competent front office personnel.

  17. Scott Gennett

    Desclafani at an awful 2.4 HR/9 IP. Good to see Votto and Puig coming back.

  18. Jreis

    Great win. I think the play of the game was Cassali shoving Krissy Bryant out of the way to catch the last out lol. He and Lorenzen are the two reds that”get it” in my opinion. They play hard and seem to hate the opponent. Wish we could clone them.
    Also I would consider bringing Jose Siri up to play some Cf. Your center fielder needs to be able to throw out Rizzo in the 8th inning there. Maybe you send Peraza down to make room and let Senzel play some ss and 2b. Any way,great win!!

    • Darrin

      Perazas OPS over his last 15 games is 811, not really the time to send him down.

      • Indy Red Man

        Peraza is like your in-laws. There is never a bad time to send them out of town and yesterday is the best option! He’s hitting .220 in May with 0 steals! Iggy & DD are the regular starters vs RHP with Scooter on the horizon. Farmer is an interesting guy with some pop. Bell seems to like him at 2B vs lefties. JVM has more potential then Peraza imo as well although he’s a lefty. Ervin is a decent bat vs LHP but they sent him down. Not to mention its a little early…actually its alot early to just label Winker and sit him vs LHP? When Winker is right then he’s everything Peraza is not. He sees pitches & draws walks. He’s got power. Peraza is only 4 of 7 on steals? He doesn’t bunt for hits like he did when he came up? He’s had chances…plenty of them!

      • Roger Garrett

        Peraza will continue to get playing time.His year at the plate in 2018 and his age demand it.He was handed jobs by default in that there was nobody else.I agree you don’t throw him away but right now he should get some at bats in the minors.Send him down and play him every day.Its up to him really just like its up to Scott Schebler.Personally I felt both would be really good this year.Peraza after last year and Schebler has hit 30 homers I believe but of course it hasn’t happened for either.

      • Hotto4Votto

        Personally, I’d rather see Ervin up on the roster than Peraza, especially if they’re going to have to play Peraza in the OF just to get some ABs. Let DD and Farmer split the time at 2B until Gennett is back. Iglesias has obviously out-played Peraza to this point in the field and at the plate. Peraza still has options, let him get regular ABs in AAA. Let Ervin come up and play him against LHP in the OF when they rest Winker. He’s a better PH option as well.

      • RojoBenjy

        @Roger Garrett-
        As was mentioned above—no baseball people in the front office of Reds means decisions not based on baseball. Peraza will get PT because “his age demands it”?

        If the FO was making that decision on ability to play baseball, then he doesn’t play until his PLAY demands it. And his play has been silent from that perspective, looking over the whole of the season.

        Jose Iglesias has been demanding playing time all season with his glove and his bat—not his birth certificate or his 2018 resumé.

      • RojoBenjy

        @Roger Garrett

        My bad— I didn’t read carefully. I see you advocate for Peraza to play at AAA for awhile.

        Still wish the FO would make a baseball decision and send him there.

        Cheers.

    • S car go

      I guess you don’t get it! You ever see Garrett play? Now he gets it.Everytime he comes out he is ready to go. What about Hughes , Hernandez and DD? Those guys get it too!! Watch the game and you will see some good players make some good plays. Bell needs to slow down on burning out the pen.

  19. Still a Red

    Heard comment (Cincy or Cubbies commentators?) talk of Disco’s fast ball to Rizzo tailing but flat. That and the pitch to Bryant before it were right down mainstreet. Sounds like Disco needs more movement on his fast ball.

  20. TomN

    It may turn out to be nothing more than bright spot in a frustrating season, but it gave me a Hal King sort of feeling yesterday. Old timers will understand. Could it be the spark thus team needs?

  21. Shchi Cossack

    6-11 w/ 1-BB, 1-HBP, 2-2B, 1-HR…There’s the difference.

    The Reds get a poor performance from the starting pitcher and still win the game. How many times have we mentioned that the Reds will take off when the hitting comes around. When Votto, Winker and Puig hit, the Reds will win…a lot. Yesterday Votto, Winker and Puig hit and the Reds won.

    Could this game become a statement game marking the turning point of the season? Maybe, but only time will tell. The Old Cossack was certainly encouraged by the way the Reds won this game. When pitching and hitting work together to pick up each other, good thing happen and when they both put up strong performances, great things happen.

  22. Shchi Cossack

    Matt Bowman looks like a capable middle reliever as he moves past his hand surgery and recovery. Here’s a thought…The bullpen now has 6 RH relievers and 2 LH relievers, with Garrett & Peralta both equally effective (or ineffective in Peralta’s case) against RH and LH hitters. Bowman and Stephenson are both filling the same role that Stephenson has filled aloe for the past 2 months. Is it time to begin stretching out Stephenson to see if he translated his recent success into a potential starting role?

    Stephenson has had 3 appearances of 2.0 IP and 2 appearances of 1.1 IP. In only 1 of those appearances has he given up any runs (2-R, 1-ER in 2.0 IP on 03/31) where he gave up 2-H, 1-2B, 0-BB and 3-SO. One of the hits was a successful bunt, but two errors (one by Stephenson) resulted in a forgettable inning. Why not extend him, especially with the recent difficulties by DeSclafani?

    • Seat101

      Yes. As long as no one uses that silly nickname.

  23. Pete

    Still no lineup posted at MLB.com. Normally by now the Reds would have theirs in. I’m hoping it’s because Bell is Taking into account recent trends, as opposed to someone being injured.

    Making lineups out three weeks in advance of a game is probably not going to catch fire with the rest of the league.

  24. Shchi Cossack

    Same lineup as yesterday…

    1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
    2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    4. Jesse Winker (L) LF
    5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
    7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
    8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    9. Tyler Mahle (R) P

    • Pete

      TY. As it should be. I was concerned that this may be a day off for Joey Votto.

      • Shchi Cossack

        DB needs to learn to ride his horses. Platooning at 2B seems logical with Dietrich starting against every RHP. I don’t like platooning Winker in LF, at least not now. If Winker plays full time this season in LF but doesn’t correct his platoon split, next season might be a time for a LF platoon.

      • Pete

        Very wise. I’m with you, the Reds should play the big four everyday with very few exceptions: Votto, Suarez, Puig and Winker. When Scooter comes back make it the big five. I’m as excited about this team as I was on opening day. Praying yesterday was a breakthrough.

  25. Shchi Cossack

    One think I noticed yesterday, was the apparent intention of driving the ball up the middle with line drives rather than trying to pull the ball with a 30 degree up angle.

    A single game doesn’t ever establish a trend and desire oft clouds reality, but I hope the Reds hitters just let the HR come naturally rather than trying to manufacture HR at the expense of line drives. I’ve just been seeing too many HR-happy hitters this season. Barreling up the baseball will produce HR naturally, just not those majestic moon shots, but will also produce more hits and doubles and fewer swings and misses.

    • RojoBenjy

      Well—sounds like Turner Ward needs to take these boys to the woodshed for not listening!

      Hope they break his switch and politely inform him that launch angles aren’t a cookie-cutter solution for every hitter.

      Line drives win baseball games.

  26. Still a Red

    IMHO, good hitting teams (players) hit lots of doubles.