Joey Votto plays a crucial role in leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opening game of a significant NL Central series


Regardless of the trade deadline outcome, Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds are confident in their team's capabilities. They hold a strong belief that they can overcome any challenges. Votto expressed his optimism, stating, "I genuinely feel like the entire group is united in the belief that we can achieve success. It's that consistent, positive, and aggressive attitude that has been with us throughout the entire year." In their recent game against the Chicago Cubs, the Reds showcased their prowess, with notable performances from Votto, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Will Benson, each securing two hits. The team emerged victorious with a 6-5 score in the opening game of the crucial four-game series against fellow NL Central contenders. Despite a rough outing from Andrew Abbott, the Reds' bullpen stepped up, delivering 5 2/3 innings of impressive one-run ball. Buck Farmer secured the win, recording five outs, while All-Star Alexis Díaz closed the game, securing his 32nd save out of 33 opportunities. The Reds' strong team spirit and outstanding performance give them confidence moving forward.