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Reds’ bats silenced by Cole Hamels in 7-1 loss to Cubs

While Anthony DeSclafani tried his best to keep the Cubs at bay, the Reds had no answer for Hamels all night.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Phillip Ervin has really shown some promise in his first extended playing time of his career. Entering tonight’s game, he was hitting .292/.350/.467 in 2018. He added to that tonight with a 2 for 4 performance while driving in the Reds’ only run of the game. In a game where the team was pretty much shut down by Cole Hamels, that earns you a trophy. Congrats, Phil.

Honorable mentions are due to: Billy Hamilton, for going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored and Jose Peraza for also going 2 for 4.

Key Plays

  • The Reds were able to get on the board first in this one. Billy Hamilton led off with a double to center and then moved to third on a single by Jose Peraza. After strikeouts by Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez, Phil Ervin would end up driving in Hamilton on an infield single. Reds led 1-0.
  • That lead unfortunately wouldn’t last long, as the Cubs struck back quickly. After a Daniel Murphy flyout, a throwing error by Jose Peraza would allow Javier Baez to reach. That brought up Anthony Rizzo, who is the worst, and he hit a 2-run homer to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.
  • The Cubs were able to add to their lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Javy Baez absolutely fucking destroyed a DeSclafani meatball to center. Seriously, that thing was smoked. Cubs led, 3-1.
  • The Cubs continued to add to their lead in the bottom of the 5th. Javy Baez lined a 1-out double into right and then stole 3rd. That brought up #44, who hit a liner to dead center, which Billy Hamilton made a great play on, to bring home Baez on the sac-fly. Cubs led, 4-1.
  • The Cubs just decided to just score every other inning. DeSclafani started the bottom of the 7th and gave up a blooper of a single to Ben Zobrist. Riggle Rigged and took him out after that hit and brought in Michael Lorenzen. Two hits later and the Cubs added a run to the lead. After a Kyle Schwarber strikeout, Lorenzen walked Ian Happ to load the bases. Victor Caratini lined a ball into center to drive in 2 more. Mercifully, it ended when Happ tried to advance to third and was thrown out. Cubs led, 7-1.
  • The Reds loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but Cole Hamels forced a double play and finished out his complete game. Stupid Cubs won stupid 7-1.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Anthony DeSclafani didn’t have his best stuff tonight, which was not an ideal night to not have his best stuff considering the opponent. He still was able to get through 6 innings and managed to only walk 1 batter while striking out 5. It was a little surprising to see that Riggleman brought him out for the 7th, considering he was getting to the heart of the order for the 3rd time and how much he had labored thus far. It should be equally less surprising to find out that Riggleman took him out after 1 batter. That inherited runner scored, btw. Riggle, man. I don’t even know.
  • Disco’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Not bad, Not great.
  • I don’t like the Cubs. At all. Javy Baez is fun to watch, so look at this fucking dinger, man.
  • The Reds will play the Cubs again tomorrow. Since the Cubs are dumb, the game will start at 2:20 PM ET. Matt Harvey might, or might not, get the start for the Reds. He will oppose Alec Mills, who is making his first start of the season.
  • Tunes.