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Kyle Schwarber walk-off homer sends Reds to 4-3 loss against Cubs

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That was both unfortunate and inevitable.

Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Eugenio Suarez blasted a 1st inning dinger. That was good!

Nick Senzel had a pair of hits and a ribbie, too. Good, good, good.

The Cincinnati Reds still lost to the Chicago Cubs, and did so in a fashion in which we’ve become all too accustomed to seeing all season: they scored early and went completely away after that.

Dang.

Key Plays

  • The Reds, as they are wont to do, destroyed pitches in the Top of the 1st. Suarez launched his solo dinger into the basket in LF off Chicago starter Alec Mills, and a pair of HBPs to both Yasiel Puig and Derek Dietrich then followed (with no clear intent). Senzel then singled to plate Puig, and Peraza later smashed a near dinger off the wall to plate Dietrich, though Senzel was nailed at the plate after a very nifty relay throw. Reds led, 3-0.
  • The Cubs punched back in the Bottom of the 2nd, however. Anthony Rizzo singled, and Robel Garcia then poked a dinger into the second row of the seats beyond the CF wall, leaving the Reds ahead just 3-2.
  • Disco was still on the mound - and had pitched pretty well - in the Bottom of the 6th, but that, of course, meant he was facing the Cubs for the third time through the order. Kris Bryant greeted him with a towering solo dong into the LF seats, and the game was again tied, 3-3.
  • That was it for the scoring, at least from the Reds end of things - a story we’ve come to know all too well this season. In the Bottom of the 10th, Kyle Schwarber hit a pop-up dinger that landed in the Wrigley basket, and the Reds lost, 4-3.

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Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Anthony DeSclafani largely pitched a pretty dang solid game. His final line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K on 87 pitches.
  • Joey Votto was robbed of a would-be double early, but picked up a double later in the game, extending his on-base streak in Wrigley to a stupid 41 consecutive games. According to The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans, that’s something that hasn’t been seen in a half-century.
  • Wednesday’s series finale will be of the matinee variety, and Sonny Gray will be doing the pitching for the Reds in it. He’ll be opposed by Chicago starter Yu Darvish, with first pitch set for 2:20 PM ET.
  • Tunes.