runs lift Reds past Cubs
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[August 16, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Billy Hamilton
stepped to the plate in the ninth inning on Tuesday night having
struck out in two of his three at-bats.
However, with the Cincinnati Reds clinging to a one-run lead and
Hamilton facing a two-strike count, the leadoff hitter found a way
to come through.
Hamilton delivered a key RBI single, and Luis Castillo threw six
shutout innings as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday
The Reds, who lost the series opener 15-5 on Monday night, snapped a
three-game losing streak.
"I stuck in there and had the confidence to hit with two strikes in
that situation. I ended up putting that ball in play, which is what
I wanted to do," Hamilton said. "It was a big-time run for us."
Scooter Gennett's eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Cubs reliever
Pedro Strop broke a scoreless tie, driving in Joey Votto. In the
ninth, Votto walked, reached third on an Adam Duvall single and
scored on Hamilton's hit, making it 2-0.
It proved to be the hit that mattered.
The Cubs got within a run in the ninth when Ben Zobrist singled in
Kyle Schwarber, who led off the inning with a single. However, with
the tying run on third base, Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias struck
out Ian Happ to end the game and pick up his 21st save.
"Tonight was a pitcher's duel," said Cubs right fielder Jason
Heyward, who was stranded on third when Happ struck out in the
ninth. "It's one of those games -- playoff-like game -- we competed,
we didn't give either way.
"It is what it is -- I wish it would have been 2-1 our side."
The Reds' offense came through after Castillo kept the Cubs in
check. The rookie right-hander struck out seven and allowed just two
hits and two walks.
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks also tossed six-plus shutout
innings, allowing five hits and four walks while fanning six.
Michael Lorenzen (7-2) earned the win by throwing a scoreless
seventh inning. Wandy Peralta got one out in the eighth, and
Iglesias recorded the final five outs.
"(Those were) big pitches," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "(The
Cubs) just don't give up ... they make a push.
"They don't run a lot of guys up there that aren't reputable players
that don't make you nervous when they're at the plate. They created
an opportunity, but we were able to withstand it."
The Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth inning with two outs. After
Zobrist and Jon Jay walked to lead off the inning, Anthony Rizzo was
hit by a pitch with two outs. Iglesias struck out Victor Caratini to
preserve the one-run lead.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) tags out Cincinnati Reds
center fielder Billy Hamilton (6) on a pick-off at first base during
the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA
The Reds threatened in the seventh inning when they
put runners on second and third with two outs. After a walk to
Gennett and a Eugenio Suarez single chased Hendricks, Carl Edwards
Jr. struck out the side to keep the game scoreless.
The Cubs appeared on the verge of breaking the scoreless tie in the
seventh when Caratini singled and reached third on a single by
Albert Almora Jr., who was thrown out trying to reach second on the
base hit. But Lorenzen got Heyward to line out to second and Javier
Baez to ground out.
"I hit it hard," Heyward said. "I hit it hard."
After the Reds finally broke the ice with Gennett's sacrifice fly,
they did just enough to hold off the defending World Series
"Whenever you can win a ballgame at Wrigley Field, it's nice,"
Gennett said. "It's great energy, a great atmosphere to play in, and
overall, it was just a really fun baseball game."
NOTES: Reds C Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list on
Tuesday with a fractured left foot after he was hit by a pitch on
Monday. Mesoraco returned to Cincinnati to meet with team doctors,
and manager Bryan Price said the catcher could be out three to six
weeks. OF Phillip Ervin was called up from Triple-A Louisville to
fill the roster spot. ... Reds 1B Joey Votto extended his club
record of reaching safely at least twice in a game to 20 consecutive
games with three walks. ... Cubs SS Addison Russell (foot) ran in
the outfield prior to the game as he continues to rehab. Russell
said Tuesday he believes he is "moving in the right direction" but
does not have a definite timeline to return. ... Cubs 2B Ben Zobrist
was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with
neck stiffness, but he pinch-hit in the eighth inning and stayed in
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