By: Zane Miller
AP Photo/John Minchillo
The Reds and the Chicago Cubs split the second and third games of their series in a doubleheader on Saturday, as the Reds took the afternoon game 5-4 in 11 innings, while the Cubs came back to take the night game 10-0.
The afternoon game, which was rescheduled from a rainout on April 3rd, saw Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett drive in an RBI single in the first inning to put the team ahead early, however, the Cubs came back in the third as third baseman Kris Bryant got an RBI double to tie the game up. In the fourth, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez grabbed an RBI sacrifice fly to put the Reds back in front, but the lead would not last long as Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks had an RBI double to tie the game back up. In the bottom of the inning, the Reds got the lead back once more as Gennett hit an RBI single and Suarez got an RBI double to make it a 4-2 game, but the Cubs got two runs of their own in the eighth, with right fielder Ian Happ getting a solo home run and first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double, eventually sending the game to extra innings.
The teams would go scoreless until the Reds had a chance to take the win with the bases loaded and one out, which center fielder Billy Hamilton took advantage of by drawing a walk to drive in the winning run and make it a 5-4 victory in 11 innings.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo went five innings, allowing one earned run, six hits and five walks in the no decision, while Hendricks also had a no decision with three earned runs, six hits and two walks in five innings. Reds reliever Dylan Floro earned the win, while two Reds relievers, David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias, each had blown saves. Cubs reliever Justin Wilson was faced with the loss.
The night game would be much less competitive, as the Cubs got on the board first in the third as Bryant hit an RBI groundout. They came right back in the fourth as Happ hit a solo homer, followed in the fifth by a two RBI double by Rizzo and three RBI triple by center fielder Jason Heyward to bust the game open. In the seventh, Heyward drove in another run with an RBI sacrifice fly, then getting an RBI sacrifice fly from Rizzo in the eighth, then tacking on an RBI double from center fielder Albert Almora Jr., who came into the game late as a defensive replacement, in the ninth inning as the Cubs went on to win 10-0.
Cubs starter Jose Quintana earned the win with seven innings pitched, allowing just one hit and four walks, while Reds starter Sal Romano took the loss with five innings pitched allowing seven earned runs on six hits and six walks.
The teams will finish off the series on Sunday afternoon.