The Cubs got a solid start from Alec Mills, but the offense couldn’t do much once again. The Cubs lost a rare low-scoring game at Great American Ball Park to the Reds 2-1.
When Jason Heyward doubled to score Kris Bryant in the 4th, it seemed as though the Cubs might only need that one run.
Alec Mills was cruising along through five innings until he walked Jonathan India. After giving up a hit back through the middle to old pal Nicholas Castellanos in the bottom of the 6th, Mills was pulled.
Alex Morgan came on in relief and promptly gave up a two run double to Joey Votto. The Cubs managed no threat on offense the rest of the contest. (Box Score)
Why the Cubs Lost
Unfortunately, Alec Mills gave up a walk and hit at the wrong time and his offense couldn’t bail him out.
Votto’s double in the 6th plated two and that was more than the Cubs could muster in this one.
Stats That Matter
- Mills struck out nine and walked just one, but it came at an inopportune time.
- Cubs pitchers struck out 12 batters, but their hitters struck out 14 times against Reds’ pitching.
- The Cubs actually outhit the Reds six to four, but didn’t make theirs count as well as the Reds.
The offensive slump continues, but playing in Cincinnati offers a slump-busting atmosphere for hitters. If a couple guys could jumpstart the offense, it would be a good weekend to get back on track.
The Cubs and Reds continue their weekend series at Great American Ball Park on Saturday with an afternoon game. Tyler Mahle will get the ball for Cincinnati and Adbert Alzolay will try and right his ship for the Cubs in a battle of right-handers. Game time is 3:10 CT and can be seen on Marquee. Pat and Ron will be on 670 The Score, for those of you who choose to listen.