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Iglesias hit, Iglesias save secure Reds season series win at Wrigley Field

Safe to say the Cubs won’t be sending the Reds a Christmas card

Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Eugenio Suarez has been on the kind of dinger-binge of late that has rarely - if ever - been seen in these parts. That continued on Wednesday in the rubber match against the Chicago Cubs, and in the process the list of dingercomplishments on Geno’s ledger continued to grow, too.

His solo blast in the Top of the 3rd was the 48th of his remarkable season, which ties him with both Adrian Beltre and Mike Schmidt for the most single-season dingers by an NL 3B in MLB history. That’s an inner-circle Hall of Famer and a guy who’ll join him in Cooperstown when eligible. Nice!

The 48th blast also moved Suarez past Andres Galarraga for the most single-season dingers by a Venezuelan-born MLB player, something that means quite a bit to Geno. Nice, too!

It also marked the 9th dinger Suarez has belted against the Cubs this season, and that ties him for a club-record against the Cubs in any single season, as Former Fearless Leader Joel Luckhaupt noted.

And just for good measure, it’s worth noting that the dinger came off Chicago starter Jon Lester, the 6th such homer Suarez has tagged the longtime ace with in their respective careers. That’s the most homers for Geno against any MLB pitcher, doubling up the next pitcher on the list (Chase Anderson, with 3).

(He singled on the night, too.)

Congrats, Geno, and here’s to chasing down Pete Alonso and taking the MLB dinger crown.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Tyler Mahle, who was rather brilliant in his own right (6 IP, 1 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K on 75 pitches); Jose Iglesias, who singled thrice and batted in the winning run; and Jose Peraza, who walked...twice!

Key Plays

  • Geno. Dinger. Lester meatball walloped for a 400+ foot solo shot into the LF seats in the Top of the 3rd, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.
  • Nick Castellanos hit a laser into LF in the Bottom of the 4th, one that Phil Ervin fielded cleanly and returned to 2B in what should have been plenty of time to nail the lumbering Cubs slugger. Unfortunately, Alex Blandino didn’t get the tag down well enough, and Castellanos slid around it for what ended up being his 56th double of 2019. Some productive out-ing later, and he scored on a Kyle Schwarber sac-fly into RF, one that would’ve pretty clearly been an out if Aristides Aquino could have put his throw more on-line. Game tied, 1-1.
  • The Reds got to the Chicago bullpen in the Top of the 7th. Singles from Iglesias and Curt Casali off reliever Pedro Strop got things started, and the runners on-base later prompted David Bell to go to pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich for Mahle despite the starter’s excellent form. Cubs manager Joe Maddon countered by turning to lefty Kyle Ryan, which prompted Bell to pull Dietrich back for Jose Peraza, who rewarded his manager’s chess-match by walking to load the bases. Blandino then lifted a sac-fly into LF to score Iglesias, and the Reds led again, 2-1.
  • Robert Stephenson took over for the Bottom of the 7th, and while he promptly retired both Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, he served up an 0-2 meatball to Willson Contreras, who belted it just over the basket on the LF wall for a solo blast to tie things 2-2.
  • Free baseball! This one took extras, but in the top of the 10th inning with two outs, Aquino belted a single into left and then subsequently moved to second base on a wild pitch. Josh VanMeter worked a walk before Jose Iglesias laced a single down the right field line to score Aquino! Reds take the one run advantage into the bottom of the frame and...
  • Well, Raisel Iglesias made it interesting, as he’s wont to do, but he got the last three outs the Reds needed for a win. Reds win in 10, 3-2.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds get Thursday off, their second to last break of the 2019 season. On Friday, they’ll begin their final homestand of the year, hosting the New York Mets for a 3-game weekend set before the Milwaukee Brewers come to town for a pivotal (for them) 3-game mid-week series.
  • With the Reds win at Wrigley tonight, they’ve taken five of nine at Wrigley Field. That, is a winning record on the season, to go with their season series win overall. If the Cubs miss the postseason, well, they’ll have the seventy-something win Reds to thank for it.
  • Friday’s series opener against the Mets will feature two of the absolute filthiest starting pitchers in the game, as Luis Castillo will go for the Reds opposite New York’s Jacob deGrom. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.