BY: Zane Miller
PHoto Credit: Gary Vasquez/USA TODAY
The Reds fell to the Chicago Cubs in the first game of their three game series on Friday night 3-2.
The game started out with both teams going scoreless for the first three innings, until the fourth inning came around and the Reds scored two runs on a pair of solo homers by shortstop Jose Peraza and first baseman Joey Votto. However, the Cubs would come back in the seventh inning on a home run of their own, this time a three run shot by center fielder Ian Happ to take the lead. The Reds would be unable to rally as the Cubs went on to take the 3-2 win.
Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels went six and two thirds innings on the way to the victory, giving up a pair of runs on eight hits and a pair of walks, while Reds starter Matt Harvey also had a strong game, pitching six innings with no earned runs allowed, giving up just four hits and a walk, but would be dealt a no decision. Reds reliever David Hernandez would be hit with a blown save as well as the loss. Cubs reliever Jorge De La Rosa would earn the save.
The teams will face off in the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon.