BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Gary Vasquez/USA TODAY
The Reds faced their third straight loss as the Chicago Cubs won 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday afternoon, allowing the Cubs to take the second game of the four game series.
Like the first game of the series on Thursday, the Reds got on the board first as left fielder Phillip Ervin knocked in an RBI double in the second inning. However, again the Reds struggled offensively as they were unable to add on to the lead, allowing the Cubs to take the lead with an RBI single from shortstop Javier Baez and a solo home run from second baseman Daniel Murphy. In the ninth, however, the Reds responded with a solo homer courtesy of third baseman Eugenio Suarez, eventually sending the game into extra innings.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Reds would go down one-two-three, setting up Cubs third baseman David Bote, who hit a walkoff grand slam earlier in the year against the Washington Nationals, to hit his second walkoff homer, this time as a solo shot as the Cubs took it 3-2.
Cubs starting pitcher Alec Mills made his first major league start, going five and two thirds innings giving up one earned run on three hits and a walk in the no decision. Reds starter Matt Harvey went five and a third innings while allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk to take a no decision as well. Cubs reliever Jesse Chaves earned the win, while Reds closer Raisel Iglesias was hit with the loss. Fellow Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was hit with a blown save.
The teams will play in the third game of the series on Saturday afternoon.