The Cincinnati Reds took three days and 8 innings off from baseball this week, allowing the Chicago Cubs to beat them on Wednesday and take the first 8 innings 3-0 on Thursday. It was in the 9th inning of that game when they decided to start playing.
In truth, the Cubs more gave the win away than did the Reds go out and take it.
The Cubs were up 3-0 going into 9th having sent 3 Homer Bailey fastballs over the fence at GABP (the Cubs picked up 5 solo homeruns in the two games with the Reds). By the end of the 9th, the Cincinnati Reds had tied the score, with only 1 hit to show for it.
Given how the Reds gave away a win to the San Francisco Giants in similar fashion last week, I know that all Reds’ fans will take the gift today from the Cubs.
In the 10th, Zack Cozart, who had taken the day off, singled to start off the inning. A bunt and an error later and Cozart is standing at 3rd with no one out. Jay Bruce subsequently lifted a sacrifice fly to score Cozart, and – Reds Win.
Homer Bailey turned in a quality start, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings of work. The Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen, Jose Arredondo, Aroldis Chapman, Sean Marshall and Logan Ondrusek, held the Cubs to just 1 hit over the next 4 innings. Each contributed one shut out inning each.
Meanwhile the Cubs wasted an amazing performance from their starter, Ryan Dempster. Dempster bumfuzzled the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup all day. He allowed no runs and just 3 hits – 2 from Joey Votto. Carlos Marmol and Rafael Dolis combined to blow the save and the game.