Game 2 of the 4 game series against the Cincinnati Reds get off to a slow start. Both teams did very little offensively, not that it was needed. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, and Reds starting pitcher, rookie Luis Castillo, both had near perfect outings.
The wind played a huge factor in the game today. It was blowing in, so the odds of hitting any long balls were slim to none. The few hits that resulted with a man on base were singles.
It was an old fashioned pitchers duel.
No real action happened until the 7th, when Hendricks walked the leadoff man, followed by a single. With two men on, and no outs, Carl Edwards Jr. was brought in to take the mound. After 6 solid innings, Hendricks received a standing ovation from the crowd on the way back to the bench. Now it was in the hands of the bullpen.
Edwards did a magnificent job, coming in with two men on, and striking out the next three batters he faced. Keeping the score 0-0 going into the bottom of the 7th.
The Reds were able to score first, off of a Scooter Gennett sac fly in the 8th, making it 1-0.
The Cubbies had an opportunity for a comeback in the bottom of the 8th, with the bases loaded and Victor Caratini at bat, but he couldn’t deliver.
The Reds were able to add to their lead in the 9th, making it 2-0.
When all hope seemed lost, Ben Zobrist delivered with an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th, making it a one run ball game, with one out, and runners on the corners. In the end though, it was too little, too late.
At least it wasn’t a shut out win by the Reds.
Cubs still remain in first in the NL Central, and will face the Reds the next two days, followed by a 3 game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.