By: Zane Miller
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The Reds fell in the first game of their four game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night 8-1, in a game that was rain delayed for over an hour and a half before getting underway.
The Cubs bats got off to a hot start after the rain delay, with first baseman Anthony Rizzo, catcher Willson Contreras and shortstop Addison Russell all connecting on RBI singles in the first inning to give the Cubs an early 3-0 advantage. The Cubs would score another run in the third with second baseman Javier Baez hitting into a run-scoring double play. In the fifth, they continued to add to their advantage with left fielder Kyle Schwarber smacking an RBI double and starting pitcher Jon Lester getting an RBI sacrifice bunt that eventually forced opposing starter Homer Bailey out of the game. The Reds wouldn’t go quietly in the bottom of the inning, as left fielder Adam Duvall hit a solo homer, but that would be all the offense the Reds would get as Baez added an RBI single in the eighth and Rizzo tacked on another run in the ninth taking advantage of a fielding error.
The teams will play in a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning with an afternoon game and finishing with a night game.